We’ve now made it through the first month of 2023, there’s no better time to start afresh and make changes ready for Spring and beyond. Whatever your goals, if one of them is ne in a new role by Autumn, now is the time to start looking for a new role.
Here are a few quick tips to motivate and get the ball rolling.
Create a career plan
A career plan will help you break down the overarching goal into achievable steps throughout the year. Your plan doesn’t have to be a year-long, it can be over the course of one, three, or five years, but a year is a good place to start. Once you have established what your ambitions are and what you want to achieve by the end of the year, you will be able to evaluate if a job is worth taking. When creating your plan, be sure to be critical of any skills you don’t have that would be valuable to develop and where this development time will fit in too.
Sell yourself with your CV
The basis of your CV is to sell yourself, so think strategically when formatting your experiences and skills; put your more relevant and strongest at the top. Your CV is one of the most important factors when applying for a position, as it may be the first thing the potential employer will see, therefore, their first impression of you. An inappropriately designed CV can limit your chances of being asked for an interview, so be sure your CV is up to scratch. Always get someone else to proofread your CV before sending it out.
Develop your LinkedIn profile
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile set up, this should be one of the first steps in your plan. As many things are now turning digital, so is the whole job-hunting and application process. Many hiring managers and recruiters will be looking through LinkedIn profiles for suitable candidates. Add your experience and skills to your profile, like you would on your CV, and use your profile to build your network and gain professional connections.
Top tip, make sure your Linkedin profile matches your CV!
Optimise your social media profiles
Social media is a great way to keep in contact with friends, but be sure that your profiles don’t impact your possibilities of employment negatively. You can easily change your privacy on all accounts through the settings.
Email job alerts
One of the best ways to ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities is to sign up to email job alerts from job hunting sites. By doing this also ensures you are one of the first to apply. Some jobs have a very quick turnaround and will require someone who can start straight away, so it can be rewarding to sign up to email adverts.