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New Year, New You?

On02/ 01 /18

It’s around this time of the year we start to look back at our achievements over the past 12 months – and make plans about future goals and expectations.

Little wonder then that for many people, changing jobs is top of their New Year’s resolutions list.

Whether you’re thinking about finding a new job or contemplating a career shift to another field, the start of a new year is actually a great time to embark on your search.

There are two reasons for this.

First, the job market typically winds down towards the end of the year and picks up again in January.

Second, research shows that linking a career goal to time sensitive like the New Year really does make you more likely to succeed – think of it as the “fresh start” effect.

So, with all the conditions positive for your job search, how do you make it happen?

Here are some tips to help you land that great new job in the New Year:

  1. Don’t under estimate the amount of time or energy a job search takes. Plan how you’re going to tackle things once the Christmas holidays are over.

  2. Think about what ‘transferable skills’ you can easily take from one role into another, along with any other skills that you don’t currently use at work. Doing this before you jump into job hunting will help ensure you don’t land a new role that makes you miserable.

  3. Stay focused on applying for positions you are truly interested in and qualified for. Keep a record of your applications and dates for follow ups.

  4. Make sure your CV is current, up-to-date, and clearly shows your full name and latest email and phone contact details – otherwise recruiters won’t be able to get back to you.

  5. If you haven’t done so already, set up an email account that is professional and can handle large files – a weird ‘nickname’ style email address can be off-putting to potential employers.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on the way to landing a great new job in 2018.

For more job advice and tips, read our selection of blogs. You can also read other posts from our Interview Series, helping you to tackle those tricky interview questions!

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