New Year, New Role
As the New Year hits, many people are motivated to make changes they’ve long put off. The symbolic “fresh start” can mean many things. From new years resolutions, to diets and exercise, to new jobs. The New Year is the perfect opportunity to refocus and set new career resolutions.
And, it’s the perfect time to commit to finding a new job. Despite what many people may think, the New Year is often the perfect time to look for a new role. As departments are given their budgets for the year, they will look for someone to join their team. Or, roles that become available near the end of December may not be advertised, when the teams will be winding down for the break. So, as the New Year rolls in, and thinks kick back up, new roles will be available.
To find the perfect role in the New Year, you should be aware of the following tips.
Set Goals – While we may not always stick to our New Year’s Resolutions, the act of setting a goal, writing it down can be instrumental to achieving said goal. So, if you’re looking for a new job in the New Year, write down a plan, or a goal. Do you want more responsibility? Are you looking for a promotion? Set a date for the future when you want to be in a new role, set a timeline for your career growth, where you want to be in 5 years. And once you have a clear plan of where you want to be, find roles to get you where you need to be.
Update Your CV – The first thing you need to do in any job search is to update your CV. And it also will help get in you in the job-hunt mindset. Even if you feel your CV is up to date, giving it a brief glance over, or an edit can make the world of a difference. Updating your CV to be more relevant, and ensuring your familiarity with your CV, will be of great benefit when searching for your next role.
Market Yourself Effectively – Hunting for the right role can be exceedingly difficult. It’s called a hunt for a reason. Learning to market yourself effectively is particularly important. Networking properly, utilising your LinkedIn connections, friends, past colleagues can be a great start to see what is out there, who is hiring, what they’re looking for. And once you have this information, you can work on applying to the right places, talking to the right people, and maybe perfect your interview technique,
Never Give Up – The final, and most difficult part. Perseverance. Job hunting can be demoralising. You do everything right, you find the perfect job, you get an interview. And then nothing. You apply and apply and get nowhere. It’s so important to not give up. It will be worth it when you find your dream role, when you’re track for the plan you set. You will get to where you need to be, but it could take hard work. Don’t give up, you will be there.
Happy New Year, everyone. We wish you all a productive, prosperous and safe 2021.