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New Year, New Career – Advice for Your Job Search in the New Year

04 January 2021 by Sarah Connell
Advice for Your Job Search in the New Year

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. A time for a change, and a time to set your goals. So naturally, it's when many people start thinking about looking for a new job or perhaps a career change.

For those of you who are contemplating a new job or career change, the arrival of the New Year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on your previous experience and to think about which direction you might want to take in the future.

So, if you've been thinking about switching up your career, the start of the year is among the best times to do it.

We've put together a simple step-by-step guide to kicking off your job hunt and it’s designed to help you make that big career move a reality!

​So what are you waiting for? Here's how to get started this week.

1. Set Your Career Goals

Where would you like to see yourself this time next year? What’s the next step for you? Do your research – talk to people who are in the position you would like to be in – how did they get there? Where did they start?

Do you have particular companies in mind that you want to work for? Create a list of these companies and do some research into the positions that are currently on offer. Picture yourself in these positions and find out which one would suit you the best.

2. Update your CV and Include Your Wins

Ensure your CV is recruiter ready with the most up-to-date information. Ensure your CV is tailored to include any results from successful projects or campaigns that may be desirable to your next career step.

Make a list of your top 10 professional accomplishments from the past year. Incorporate these “wins” into your CV. Employers love seeing descriptions of “accomplishments” as opposed to “duties.”

3. Be Proactive

Think proactively, rather than wishfully – “I will get a job there” instead of “I’d love to work there someday”. Don’t be afraid to approach companies and recruitment agencies to make sure you achieve your goals!

One of the most important things to remember when you're a job seeker is that you are not alone. You have a huge network of people who can help you. Your old bosses, colleagues, friends — you should reach out to them all.

4. Update your LinkedIn

Look at your LinkedIn and ensure it is up to date. Does it include everything you have experienced and accomplished? When updating your LinkedIn look to previous work colleagues to provide endorsements of your skills.

5. Build your Personal Brand

Take advantage of the quietness in January to keep your LinkedIn active. Liking and sharing content can give people an idea of your personal brand. Taking the initiative to post and blog about what you are passionate about can present you as an expert in your field, so stop thinking of LinkedIn as an online resume but as a constant brand builder.

6. Keep the Momentum Going

While it's exciting to get started on your job hunt, it can also be tough to keep your energy up over time. But remember, sometimes finding the perfect job can take a while. Finding your dream job requires a long-term strategy, taking care of yourself, and, of course, great follow-up skills. Hang in there and keep your spirits up. We know the right job is just around the corner for you!

Ready to make that big step?

Chat to Mason Alexander today – we can help you with your job search!

(01) 685 4414

info@masonalexander.ie

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