EX-England ace David Beckham turned 40 this week and as he reflects on his years as one of the world’s best-known footballers, here at Zoek we thought we’d take some inspiration from the famous No 7 so here are seven ways being like Beckham could bag you a new job.
Keep Your Eye On The Goal – Each step in David Beckham’s career from Manchester United and England to Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and Paris St Germain has proved to be the right move for him. Having a clear-sighted plan of where you want to be in the next few years – and knowing when it’s time to move on from one job to the next – will keep your career on track.
Train Hard – When the other young trainees at Manchester United had gone home after training, the young Becks would often stay behind, practising his free kicks for hour after hour. And it’s going that extra mile that will yield results and impress a prospective employer. Whether it’s an additional qualification you may be undertaking in your own time or perhaps demonstrating how much overtime you were willing to put in at your last job, there’s always something extra you can do to improve your performance, and your chances of a new job.
Know Your Competition – There’s no way a top flight team would go into a game without having in-depth knowledge of their opponents. Players such as Beckham would have watched their opposite numbers on video many times before a match. You’re likely to be up against some tough opposition for your next job, so prepare well for that interview question: why are you the best candidate for the role? Knowing what competitors the company you want to work for has is also a useful talking point in interviews.
Show Teamwork/Leadership Skills – Beckham was just 25 when in November 2000 he was first made England captain and his skill, popularity and ability to lead a team were obvious see. If you’ve been involved in leading a team of any kind, even if it’s in a pastime or sport outside of work, make sure you detail this on your CV to demonstrate how much of an asset you’ll be to a new company.
Get Your Brand Right – Everyone’s heard of ‘Brand Beckham’, right? And you don’t have to be an international footballer married to a pop star turned fashion designer to have an effective brand yourself. What you do have to do, in a day and age when most people have an online presence, is be aware of your social media. Employers are going to look at your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles so try to make sure you’re not tagged into TOO many embarrassing pictures or have posted anything too extreme. If you have, delete it!
Learn To Bounce Back – Everyone makes mistakes at some point in their career – but your one bad decision is unlikely to unleash the wrath of a nation as Beckham’s did when he got himself sent off in the 1998 World Cup after a particularly misjudged kick at Argentinian midfielder Diego Simeone. The key is not letting your mistakes affect future performance, and not to repeat them but to learn from them. Happily, Beckham and his brand suffered no lasting damage from his being the first England captain ever to be sent off the field of play.
Aim For A Good Work/Life Balance – Despite being one of the most famous men on the planet, and travelling a great deal as both sporting icon and charity ambassador, David Beckham clearly makes enough time for his beloved family. Remember that a happy home life can only benefit your working performance so striking the right balance and not committing yourself to overly long commutes or unachievable targets is vital.
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