How to kick start your job search in the new year!

Another year has passed where you have not done what you said you’d do….. get yourself a new job! So here is my guide to kick start your job search in the new year!

I know I told myself I’d do it hundreds of times before I actually started the search.

So I have created a little list to give you the boost you need to get this job search started!

1. Decide your next career venture.

Do you know exactly what you want your next job to be? If so, that’s fab – You can probably move on to point two if that’s the case.

If you’re not completely sure about where you want your career to take you then I would suggest creating a list.
Write a list about everything you love and hate about your current job.

For example if you love the paperwork side of your current job but hate speaking with customers, then maybe a job in sales isn’t for you.

Think about what you’re good at, speak with your current boss about what they think your strengths are.

Go with what you’re good at but make sure you enjoy it also.

2. Have someone go over your CV/Resume

This is always important. I know this sounds like a complete no-brainer but you would be surprised at the amount of CV’s I have seen where simple punctuation isn’t even used!

Create your CV to the best of your ability and then send it to a friend or family member to read over. A second set of eyes may be able to give your CV that shine it needs. Rewording a sentence or reorganising the format in general can change a CV from good to great.

3. Network, Network, Network!

This is incredibly important. Get your name and your skills out there. You never know who might need your skills in their workplace. Your neighbour, an old colleague – ANYONE!

Set up a LinkedIn profile – this is a must. As well as seeking job opportunities you can also see your competition.

What skills do other people have that you don’t, what skills don’t other people have that you do. This could lead you to doing online/evening courses to up skill yourself, to make sure you are the best in your field.

I found the best guide on how to set up a linked in profile here.

4. Make sure you are held accountable

Tell a friend, tell a family member. Just tell someone you are on the hunt for a new job, ask them if they will help keep you on track.

Life sometimes can get in the way when you are job hunting. You don’t do it one evening or two and soon you haven’t done it in 6 months.

Having that one person that can keep you on track will be a godsend. They can check in on you from time to time and remind you of why you are doing this. They can help keep you focused on the real goal!

5. Get more knowledge

I mentioned this briefly in point 3, but go and get yourself more knowledge. Do an evening class or an online class, gain more skills and knowledge in what you want to do.

Research your job, look online for bloggers doing your chosen career path. Have a look at some interesting facts around your field. Reach out to others on linkedin for advice on how to get where you want to be.

The more you know, the better you will progress.

6. Treat your job search like its a paid job.

Money is a big motivator for most of us, which is why we get up in the mornings to go to work!

Treat your job search like you are getting paid by doing this you will most likely see your motivation increasing. It will also help with your quality of work, if you are motivated you produce better things.

7. Make to do lists

At the beginning of each month think about what you want to achieve by the end of the month. Is it to gain more skills around your desired new career? or is it simply just to decide what your career will be?

In order to reach these monthly goals, determine what you will need to accomplish on a weekly and daily basis. Keeping a list will help you stay on track.

8. Look into all opportunities

You may see a job that sounds perfect for you, but the pay isn’t as much as you’d like. Don’t automatically turn this down and run for the hills.

Contact the company, express your interest. There is so much you can gain from this even if it is just the interview experience. The company may offer you a higher salary if you impress them, or they may have an excellent bonus scheme that will increase your wages.

9. Practice your interview skills

It may have been years since your last interview, so make sure you dust up on your interview skills.

Have a friend or colleague do a mock interview with you to help gain your confidence in interviews.

10. Have a clean up of your social media

In 2019 almost all new employers are going to be having a look at your personal social media when you apply for a job.

Make sure your profiles are clear of any controversial or unprofessional posts.

11. Find a specialist recruitment agency

There are hundreds of recruitment agencies out there that you could join. But there are also specialised recruitment agencies that work in helping people in your field find a career.

Send your resume through to a few recruitment agencies to get the ball rolling. Speak with the recruitment consultant in detail about what career you want and what skills you have.

Ultimately trying to get a new job is hard work, but try and think how you will feel once you are offered that job!

Good luck on your job search! And once you have applied for that job, don’t forget to read my top tip guide on how to prepare for a new job!

Abs xx

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