Have you made your New Year resolution yet?
One-week in. January 2020 isn’t just the start of a new year it’s also the beginning of a new decade. For lots of us, that’s all the inspiration needed to kickstart us into a new life path.
Whether you’re looking for a complete career change or a different role within your existing industry, this could be the perfect time to do it.
If you want a new job in 2020, start looking now
Know what you want:
First, think about why you need a change and what you want that change to look like. What do you really want from your career? What do you get the most satisfaction from in your current role? It’s also the time to list everything you have to offer a new employee.
Get ahead of the competition by being focussed and purposeful in your job hunt. We wrote an article on finding that meaningful role HERE
Get ready to Move
January, we see high levels of applications, making it difficult for businesses to find the right candidate. Your application needs to stand out from the crowd. There also tends to be shorter time frames for positions at this time of year, so you must be ready to act quickly. Ask colleagues to let you know if hear of anything, set up email notifications and talk to recruitment companies about upcoming opportunities. This article helps with those online applications: Top-tips-for-applying-for-jobs-online
Strategize your plan
A well thought out CV and Cover letter seems obvious but get it updated. It needs to be current, engaging and well presented.
Tailor it to the position you are applying for. Take the time to research the company you’re applying to. What is their mission and how does it align with your personal and professional goals?
Inspire Top tip: Use keywords from the job description in your summary/ cover letter
Don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn, perhaps even more important than an awesome, up-to-date CV… If you need help check out our article How-to-improve-your-LinkedIn-profile. Think of it as a living breathing CV and virtual sales pitch.
Inspire Top tip: write and publish an article on your industry and run commentary.
The final stage of the plan is to research and network. What is the company ethos? Who are the key decision-makers?
Do you have any connections you can reach out to for inside info?
The reality is money does matter. You might need to consider taking a pay cut to move to the position that you really want. It’s important you know your budgets and what money you need.
Or perhaps you’re looking for a pay rise to increase your annual income. Make sure you look at the whole package including benefits, bonus and pensions.
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