08 January 2018

New Year, New Job?

At the beginning of the new year, many of us resolve to become an improved version of ourselves. From losing weight to finally getting better at budgeting and saving, we often start the year with great expectations.

Some are using the new year as a chance to revamp their career. According to Google trends*, online searches for 'New Job' hit annual highs between January 1st and January 7th 2017.  (This link will open in a new window)Twitter data confirms this trend, with 'getting a new job' cited as the sixth most popular New Year's resolution in 2017.

While all those people looking online for new jobs suggests increased competition, don't let this put you off looking yourself.  (This link will open in a new window)According to Monster, January and February are big months for hiring, and getting in there early gives you a better chance of success.

To kickstart your hunt, we've compiled some top tips to securing a job in the new year.

Make sure you're ready

According to seasonal recruitment trends  (This link will open in a new window)collected by Agency Central, the high influx of applications at this time makes it difficult for businesses to hone in on the right hire. Try to stand out from the crowd by showcasing your skills in a way that is easy for employers to notice and process.

If you're looking for a more senior executive position, it might be better to wait for quieter periods when businesses are being more proactive and strategic in their hiring measures.

Know what you want

Stay ahead of the competition by being targeted and purposeful in your job hunt. Getting in there early will give you a better chance of securing the job you're looking for.

If you're looking for a new job because of a specific reaction to your current job, be firm in your resolutions. It may help to write a list of exactly what you want from your career and what you feel you have to offer.

Create a powerful communication strategy

A well-crafted CV and cover letter tailored to your desired role will help set you apart from the crowd. As a general rule, one size doesn't fit all. Take the time to research the company you're applying to. What is their mission and how does it align with your personal and professional goals? What are some of the more impressive projects they've worked on? Who are their key decision makers?

 (This link will open in a new window)According to Career Sidekick, January is the time of year when decision makers are in the office at the same time. This means you're not only likely to get a 'yes' more quickly, but have a chance to impress from the top down. It's therefore important to know exactly what you're looking for and who you're talking to, and to be firm and confident in what you have to offer.

Use tried and tested job search strategies

Don't forget to use LinkedIn and other networking resources to connect with influencers within your market.

You could go one step further and use this as a chance to really step up your presence on LinkedIn by writing and publishing industry articles and commentary. This will help get you in front of prospective employers, before you start your job search.

Budget accordingly

You might need to consider taking a pay cut in order to move to the position that really suits you. Or perhaps you're looking for a pay rise to increase your annual income. Either way, it's important to have a realistic budget and plan accordingly.

Do your research now to ensure you're prepared and ready to really make the most of the opportunities 2018 has in store for you.

*Data source: Google Trends (www.google.com/trends (This link will open in a new window)) 05/01/2018.

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