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New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Find a Better Job

2 Jan 2019

For many, the new year is a chance to have a fresh new start, whether that’s a new diet or better habits. But it’s also a chance to jump start your career and find that new job of your dreams.

If you’ve been looking for a new role but haven’t found much luck in 2018, you might just need to tweak your approach and improve your strategy.

Here are some ideas for inspiration on your own job hunt going into 2019.

“I will make new connections”

As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” While every role has its requirements for skills and experience, it’s often a referral that can makes all the difference in getting interviews and jobs.

Take action by reaching out to your connections on LinkedIn to see who is hiring. Develop your relationships with those who can help by offering assistance where you can (it works both ways). And send connection requests to those who might be able to help. Our recruitment consultants are more than happy to connect and offer assistance via LinkedIn, so please reach out to them. (Click here to view our LinkedIn page)

“I will tailor every application I send”

If you’re looking for a quality job, you need to send quality applications. It’s not wise to blindly scatter your CV to every job advert that might vaguely match what you’re looking for.

A recruiter or hiring manager is probably looking for particular qualifications or experience. Even if you’re a great match, you’ll stand out even more if you tailor your application to highlight the exact requirements mentioned in the job advert.

“I will set goals and make a plan”

One of the biggest cliché job interview questions is “where do you see yourself in five years?”

The truth is, it’s useful to know the answer. It will help you decide which paths to take in your career, and which jobs and employers to set your sights on.

Your goals could be monetary or otherwise. Maybe you want to work on particular projects or gain experience in a new skill set. Whatever it might be, decide on them and review them occasionally to keep yourself on track. The good news is that by reading this article, you’re already thinking about your plan for the year ahead.

“I will be ready for the right opportunity”

Even if you already have a great job, an even better opportunity could always present itself. Recruiters are always looking for the best candidates for their roles, and in truth already having a good job is an advantage when weighing up candidates.

When such an opportunity presents itself, be prepared. Keep your CV up to date with your current experience and training so you can quickly respond to recruiters if approached. It also doesn’t hurt to upload your CV to a few job boards (and to our website - click here to do it now) so recruiters can find you when a relevant role comes around.

Do you have any of your own New Year’s Resolutions to add to our list? Let us know on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.