By Aimee Muschamp
With the start of a new year upon us, there is no better time to make that bold move towards a better job, a better career and a better life! You owe it to yourself! Here are our five top New Year’s resolutions that will help in making sure you get the job you want in January.
1. Resume Update
Firstly – and we can’t stress how important this is – make sure your resume is completely updated and is accessible on job boards such as seek – this will ensure that potential employers can find you and have your latest information to hand. An outdated resume can get buried as new CVs go to the top of the pile!
2. Online Presence
So, you thought it was great to post lots of personal information and pictures, but it’s not a good look for finding a job. You need to make sure your online presence is as professional as it can be. Future employers can easily check you out on social media channels before giving you an interview. Make sure that if they do, this doesn’t go against you!
3. Professional Social Networking
You’ll increase your visibility vastly by using professional social media networks such as LinkedIn. They give employers an ‘in’ to who you are and what you’re doing and, again, you will be accessible and easy to find. It’s a sort of pre-interview gambit for time-pressed recruiters and employers and you need to make sure they get the best impression from you. You might even end up with a job that isn’t advertised!
4. Up Skill
If you were wondering why you’re not getting anywhere with your job search – or you’re stuck in a career rut – it could be time to up skill. Find out whether you’re as skilled as you think you are – maybe you need a refresher course on something. Finding out what the next level of skills are that you need – and plotting a course to acquire them – will give you the positive lift you need to find a better job – or go for a better position!
5. Get a Plan
Create a hit list of the companies or types of job you really are interested in. Not knowing how to progress is usually down to a lack of planning. Draw up a list of the companies you’d like to work for and approach them, whether they’re advertising vacancies or not. Many high flyers and career go-getters will freely admit that most of the jobs they’ve gained were not formally advertised. These people have made the approach themselves to the companies they have chosen – and persevered. You’d be surprised how having a plan and targeting the type of job you really want gives you an enormous amount of self-confidence – and we can assure you that it works!
Follow some or all of the tips above and you will probably find that you will create energy around your job search and people will start coming and looking for you! What you put in you get out – good luck!