With the New Year on the horizon, many people have aspirations of finding a new job. But don't think it's just the moon or your spiritual cycle causing this feeling. There are important reasons for you to begin looking for your next opportunity... It's part of the general New Year, New You message which slips into almost every media outlet and people believe it!
What should you do?
Draw up a list of companies and organisations you would like to work for and list the positions you feel best suit you. Instead of thinking "I wonder how I could get a job there?", say to yourself "I am going to get a job here."
For the best possible chance of securing your new role, ensure that your CV is on point, demonstates your skill sets and clearly shows the value you offer to a potential employer.
For more great advice on how to preapre your CV for 2019, check out the Bigger Fish CV Writing Guide here: CV Guide
Apply for more than just one job
Most applicants assume that they can only apply for one job at a particular company. This is certainly not the case. If you feel that you’re qualified for various jobs that are available, it’s ok to apply for more than one job. It will dramatically improve your chance of getting hired.
Bypass the Applicant Tracking Systems
Most jobs are advertised online and your CV will have to pass through the robots before human review. To get around the applicant tracking system, find out the correct people to contact whether that's in HR or elsewhere and then apply directly to them outlining your qualifications, achievements and ambitions for the future.
Once you receive feedback from a company about your application, you can follow up from time to time. Due to a large number of applicants, some CVs might have been overlooked or misplaced. Reminding them of yourself at spaced out occasions is ok. If you’ve already been interviewed but unable to get the job for any reason, you can follow up by thanking them and telling them to keep you in mind should anything change.
Sign up for LinkedIn
Having a LinkedIn profile can give you the edge over your competition. Many recruiters look at LinkedIn profiles when there are available jobs in their company. If you do not have a LinkedIn account, your definitely missing a trick! So sign up now for LinkedIn and make sure your profile is complete and includes all the necessary details such as education, qualifications, and work experience. That information can be used by recruiters to determine whether or not you’re a good fit for them. Feel free to connect with Lee Woodrow for more advice on LinkedIn. Budgets
Companies will have set their budgets for the new year and (fingers crossed) some may have put cash aside for future hires. This could be you, so don't be afraid to approach companies direct - you never know where it might lead.
Do you still feel that you need professional help with your CV? Why not check out my Personal Branding Packages here: CV & LinkedIn Packages