Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Jobseekers
James, January 8, 2013
A fresh start on your job search:
The New Year is now underway, and now that the party hats are off, it’s time to make the most out of that new-found energy and get hunting for a job. This article takes a look at the best jobseekers’ New Year’s Resolutions to help you conduct a better and smarter job search and increase your chances of landing a job that works for you.
1. Assess your career
A common mistake that jobseekers make is to apply for jobs outside of existing skill-sets and experiences. You might be applying for the wrong type of job, so ask yourself, what formal qualifications do you have, and what are your personal and professional strengths and weaknesses? Identify your best and most valuable skills, and match them up with suitable jobs. Make sure you are always honest with yourself.
2. Create a plan and stick to it
- Set aside a certain amount of time each day dedicated to job hunting
- Set a specific time-scale for each job hunting activity
- Make an accurate record of all the jobs you apply for and all the contacts you make
3. Don’t let the search overwhelm you
With so many ways to find a new job – from job sites to public sector portals, shop windows, newspapers and everything in-between – it can be difficult to stay focussed. To ensure you do, clearly identify the type of job you want and the sector (see below).
4. Revise your CV
Your CV is a crucial component of your professional profile, and this makes it important to revise it and get advice. Don’t rely on yourself – friends and family can be consulted, and may provide tips to ensure you have a CV which is as good as it can be. The most important thing is that they give an honest critique, and you act upon their advice. Also take a look at our CV tips here.
5. Think about the job sector
There are three primary sectors; private, public and not for profit. You might have worked in the private sector before, but have you ever thought about making the switch to the public or not for profit sectors? These sectors offer some of the most rewarding job roles, so they are definitely worth exploring if you are unsure about what you want to do. Depending on the sector you want to get a job in, you should use the correct resources. The biggest job websites include all three sectors, but some are specifically tuned to each sector.
6. Do some creative searching
If you are drudging unhappily through the applicant process and getting nowhere, you should take a step back and let the creative approach guide you instead. Note down as many things as you can that you love to do, and then think about why you love them. Are any of these things realistic as a job or a career? You should remain inquisitive and curious, as this will keep you ready and responsible for when that opportunity does eventually come along. Whatever you do, don’t let the process drag you down.
7. Think about internships
Internships are becoming more and more popular as a step in the career path. They might pay very little or not at all, but they still come with advantages. The biggest advantage is that it gets your foot in the door with a company. You will get to know other employees, and if your internship goes well you may even have a job waiting for at the end of it. There are many online resources to help you find an internship.
Networking is simply the process of getting in contact with new professionals in your career field. The best networking is getting in contact in-person or over the phone – you don’t need to say you are looking for a work, just make sure they know you are interested. Online social and professional media sites are worth signing up for, LinkedIn in particular. Other important ways to network include:
- Events, conferences and symposiums
- Network with the recruiters of your favourite companies
- Join local associations and organisations
- Build connections with other job seekers
This is an option that does not pay in the short term, but it can definitely pay in the long term. If you are unemployed then it is better to do something that looks good on your CV than to hunt for jobs only. Volunteering is also worthwhile and highly fulfilling, putting you in a better frame of mind for your search.
10. Get Ready for Interviews
Once you manage to secure a job interview, do everything you can to prepare. Perform practice interviews with friends and family, and try and find out how the company conducts their job interviews. For more hints and tips see our article on interview preparation here.
January sees the start of a new year and a fresh start. Take advantage of this in terms of your job search. The very best of luck throughout 2013 from all at Jobsgopublic