The New Year always conjures thoughts of a new start, new challenges, New Year resolutions, with one the most popular being to start looking for a new job or even a whole new career (based on a YouGov poll and probably our own anecdotal evidence). There are several reasons the New Year is a good time to start looking so I have outlined these for you:
The good news is companies have the same thoughts as you and they will start actively recruiting as this is the start of their financial year so new budgets are in place for recruitment (or are in the process of being approved).
Compile a list of companies you would like to work for and ensure you are actively checking their websites regularly to ensure you know if they are recruiting. Monitor recruitment and jobs websites regularly and sign up to get job alerts. Also, follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and especially LinkedIn as they will post new jobs and any company updates (which would be useful for interviews).
Don’t be rushing around at the last minute updating your CV and organising your LinkedIn. Have them ready so as soon you see that job you can apply straight away. This means you can move quickly which can be helpful if the job has a short application window or you do not see it until short notice.
Remember not all jobs will be advertised so ensure you find out who the key contacts are within each organisation and send them your CV speculatively. You never know what jobs might be on the horizon that may be perfect for you.
You may hit a few brick walls, but don’t give up easily. See it as a way of increasing your network and getting your name out there and eventually the right opportunity will present itself. No one said it would be easy getting a great new job.
If you are happy with your current employer then perhaps you can explore new opportunities to progress within this organisation. That might be to take on a new challenge, role or develop your skills and expertise further. Think about what you would like to achieve in the next year and perhaps request a one-to-one with your line manager so you can discuss your personal development plan to assist you in achieving your potential.
We have more hints and tips job searching or preparing your CV which you may find useful. Good luck with the New Year resolutions you have set for yourself, whether that is a new job or anything else for that matter!
*Emma Alkirwi is the Managing Director of the CV Guru which is the leading service provider of professionally written CVs, LinkedIn Profiles, cover letters in the UK and they also provide specialist consultancy services. Emma has over 10 years experience in recruitment and employment related services covering a wealth of industries. Having been a professional employment consultant for several years, she has provided professional advice covering everything from professional CV/LinkedIn writing, effective job searching, interview skills and preparation, presentation techniques, and general professional coaching.