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How to kick-start your new year job search

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08 Jan 2018
As we wave goodbye to 2017 we often look back at our resolutions and tell ourselves that we will be productive, that we will stick to our goals and that we will make positive changes in our lives. If career advancement or finding a new role is on your to-do list, there is no time for procrastination. Here are some tips for job seekers who are looking to jump start their New Year job search and land their dream career.

1. Revamp your CV

Your CV is usually the first opportunity to impress prospective employers, so make sure the basics are right – your CV should be easy to read, well-structured and without spelling mistakes. Update your CV with any new information such as new skills or roles and your most recent achievements. It is also useful to research your desired role so you can include relevant keywords to increase your chance to be shortlisted. This is because, on average, hiring managers only spend 30 seconds on one CV. For example, if you are looking at a finance role, including an updated and in-depth summary of your relevant skills can catch the attention of hiring managers and showcase your ability to do the job. It is a competitive job market, so it is crucial that you demonstrate clearly how your unique skills and experience are beneficial to that particular employer. For more advice on how to prepare your CV view our blog on CV tips.

2. Review your career path

Before you rush into your job search, take time to think about your career goals to ensure you are moving towards your ideal career. Investigate the career path other successful professionals in your field have taken to reach their position – LinkedIn is a great tool for this and can help you find out what skills you will need to brush up on in the New Year to move closer to your goal.

3. Research the companies you would like to work for

You can start looking for companies that fit your criteria after you have clearly identified your goals. Ultimately, the more information you are able to uncover about the potential employer, the better positioned you are when you are interviewing. It could also be useful to research recent awards and accreditations such as Investor in People. These will give you an insight into companies that understand the important of a popular employer brand.

4. Sign up to regular job alerts

Be the first to know about new opportunities by following your target companies online, signing up to their newsletters and job alerts. Keeping up-to-date with company developments will also help you impress your interviewers. You can also sign up for personalised job alerts on our website. To get the latest roles we have on offer sign up to our job alerts today.

5. Write targeted cover letters

Instead of sending a generic cover letter, think about each individual role you apply for. Look at how the responsibilities and qualifications required match your skills and expertise and ensure you highlight your ability to do these specialised tasks in your covering letter.

6. Practise your interview skills

Before your interview, take time to review the job description and how the responsibilities of the role reflect with your past experience. Practice common interview questions, ensure you have tangible and relevant examples and ensure you are dressed appropriately. Being prepared will help you remain confident and secure your dream role. For more advice on how to prepare for your next interview view our blog on interview tips.

7. Promote your personal brand 

It is important to note that if your social media profiles are open to the public, this includes recruiters and prospective employers. Take time to thoroughly audit your social channels to ensure your personal brand is reflected in a positive and professional manner. Use professional networking sites like LinkedIn – update your profile and connect with like-minded individuals in your industry. You can also demonstrate your passion by writing or sharing industry-related news on networking platforms, or get involved in groups to discuss topics with other industry professionals. Check out out blog for more tips on how to improve your personal brand.

8. Upskill

Conduct a self-assessment of your current skills and the skills required to land your dream role. If there are gaps in your ability, try to invest time and money into attending relevant training course. Possessing strong transferable skills is a plus, especially if you are considering to switch industries. 

9. Request for referrals or testimonials

Whether it is asking former managers, past clients or suppliers to write a recommendation letter, referrals are one of the most powerful ways to demonstrate your track record to prospective employers. LinkedIn also provides the opportunity to request for endorsements and recommendations, which adds credibility to your profile.

10. Contact your personal network

Reach out your personal contacts to notify them you are open to a new career opportunity. Be sure to tell your story – outline your past experience and achievements as well as your current aspirations and goals. Many jobs are landed through personal referrals so do not be shy to ask your friends to lend you a hand.

Finally, here is a bonus tip: persistence pays off. It is important to appreciate that no matter how long your job search may feel, the best thing you can do is to persevere. Finding a new role is often a job itself and it may take months or even years to find your dream career, but it will never happen if you stop trying!

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