New Year, New Job? Eight tips to kick-start your New Year Job Search

What is the new year, if not a blank page? As the Great Resignation continues into January, many employers are planning to recruit staff, so if you are looking for a new challenge, you are likely to see plenty of opportunities. Traditionally, January and February are the best times of year to look for a job, since companies that have a calendar-year budget tend to post new positions during that time.

If 2022 is the year you decide to take a new approach to your working life, then here are eight tips to kick-start your new year job search:

 

1.Make a list

This is not the list that your careers advisor gave you at school, when your ideal job may have included a mixture of astronaut, train driver, and teacher! This is you looking at your skills, experience and goals, as well as considering the types of businesses that you would like to work for.

 

2. Revisit your LinkedIn profile

Both recruiters and potential employers use LinkedIn profiles to search for candidates, as well as check their credentials against CVs - so make sure it aligns with your resume and is complete, so that it appears in search results.

 

3.Update your CV

Before you update your CV, make a list of your five to ten top career achievements. Also, look at how your roles have changed over the years, and if any new terminology is used in your industry.

 

4. Skillset reassessment

Employers are increasingly looking at the whole person, not simply what your last job title was. If you’ve taken a career break, or are early on in your career, take time to list everything you have achieved in and out of work - including volunteering, raising a family or caring for a relative. Reflect on what this has taught you - resilience, budgeting or time management. You will have many more skills than you realise.

 

5.Expand your skills

If you are just entering the workforce, starting a new career, or looking to increase your industry knowledge, you might need more training or experience for your next career move. If you’re a graduate, you might consider getting an internship or volunteering with an organisation in your desired industry, while applying for jobs. If you’re more experienced, you could choose to take an online course or attend a workshop to build your skills or learn technologies relevant to your industry.

 

6.Keep it professional

If you’re looking for a new job (especially if you’re not satisfied with your current one!) it can be tempting to disengage while you search for new opportunities. No matter how you feel about your current role, try to be proactive about taking on responsibilities. This could be a good way to enhance the skills you might need later, while also keeping up a decent reputation!

 

7.Interview preparation

Spend time preparing for interviews. This time of year, interviews tend to come in quite quickly, so before you even get a date in the diary, spend time preparing. Think about how you can turn any negatives into positives. No job ever runs smoothly - interviewers will want to know how you handle tasks when things go wrong! Show you’ve learned where a task or project hasn’t gone to plan, and use this opportunity to discuss your past experiences. What would you do differently, and which new skills have you gained from the process?

When you do get an interview, it goes without saying to really research the business, to get insights into the role and the company ethos. Go beyond just reading the website - it proves you are interested in the firm, and the work it does.

 

8.Set goals

It’s helpful to break the job-hunting process down into smaller, more achievable tasks. You could set a target for the number of adverts you apply to, or the jobs you engage with via recruiters. Consider the number of prospective companies you research.

Finally, the beginning of a new year is a time to pause for reflection, and the start of January is an opportune time to plan your career goals for the year ahead.