Will you be looking for a new job in the new year? You’re not alone – January marks the most popular month to begin a new job search. Competition will be at its highest (in an already competitive market) so what can you do now to get ahead? Here are some things to consider…
Are you on the right career path?
Why do you feel it’s time to move on from your current role? Are you lacking a clear path of progression, or the right learning and development opportunities with your current employer? Are you looking for a change of pace? Or maybe you’re looking to change industries or careers altogether?
It’s important to have an honest think about whether you’re on track to achieve your next career goal. Set clear objectives before you begin your search, so that you have a strategy in place. You don’t want to waste time sifting through job adverts for opportunities that don’t align with your wider career goals.
Do you need to upskill?
Now that you know what you’re looking for in your next role, are there any skills you need to develop? The technical skills are often easier to identify, but think about soft skills too. Will you need to have experience with a certain type of software, or will you be managing a team?
There are now more online course options than ever before but there are also many other ways you can learn and develop new skills. Getting a mentor (or becoming one yourself), volunteering, attending webinars and live events can all add great value to your professional development.
Is your CV up to date?
Make sure your CV reflects any new skills or recent achievements, especially if it’s been awhile since you last applied for a new job. In a competitive market it’s crucial that you highlight the unique skills and experience that make you a great fit for the job that you want. Include any relevant keywords, and don’t be afraid to add creative elements if appropriate.
Including a video profile alongside your CV is a great way to introduce yourself to potential employers. Not only does it showcase your personality, but it gives you the opportunity to discuss projects and achievements in greater detail. This is another great way to stand out from the competition!
What does your personal brand say about you?
When was the last time you Googled yourself? It’s important that your personal brand reflects your best professional self. Make sure your social media profiles are updated and consistent with your CV, and don’t forget about those profile photos. Now is a great time to ask for new referrals and testimonials too!
Think about your personal brand beyond your profiles. Do you have a blog? Are you active on industry platforms? Is there a project you can share? These are all great ways to build credibility, and promote your ‘digital self.’
Find more tips on personal branding for your job search here.
Are you ready to interview?
If you haven’t interviewed recently, set some time aside to prepare. As cringey as it sounds, have a mentor or friend run through practice scenarios with you – it will help get you thinking about your answers to some of the most common interview questions and boost your confidence too! When you start booking interviews in January you’ll be able to focus on preparing finer details that are relevant to each opportunity.
Have you connected with a specialist recruiter? Our specialist consultants understand your market, and can give you great insight and guidance throughout the job search process. With the right tools, and a refreshed personal brand you’ll be in a great position to start your January job search!
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