Whether you’ve been unemployed as a result of the pandemic or are simply looking for a better work/life balance or a career change, the New Year presents the perfect opportunity to search for a new career. Those business owners who’ve managed to weather the Covid storm are sure to be thinking about the best ways of taking their companies forwards. And you can be sure of capturing their interest with a proactive start to 2022.
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Why waste time, if you already know which direction you want your career to head in, get your CV out there and start applying for jobs in December. It will give you a head start before the January rush.
Analyse what you want from your next role
It’s more than likely that you’ll have some downtime after watching your favourite festive films and unwrapping your presents. This will be the ideal opportunity to reflect on your career and the range of skills that you have to offer. It will enable you to hone in on roles and companies that are sure to be of interest. Think about what’s important to you for your next move i.e., progression, work/life balance, job content, stable and friendly working environment, training, support, or money.
If you decide that you want a complete change of career, then some further training and development may be in order. You’d be well advised to research the availability, cost, and duration of any courses. There might be funding available to help you get on your chosen career rung and the earlier that you apply the better.
There is certain to be high demand for employees within these sectors through 2022 and beyond:
- Financial management
- Supply chain management
Set some career goals and actionable steps
Whether or not you see the need for further training, it would be worth setting some clear and achievable career goals. As an example, you could give yourself the aim of having moved into a new role by April 2022. The three-month period should be more than enough to find and make contact with those in a position to hire or pass on your details. Create a list of actionable steps to give yourself the best possible chance of realising the desired end target.
Good time management will be just as important when you’re attempting to land a new role, as after you’ve accepted an offer of employment. This might mean using your preferred app or traditional planner to schedule regular time for research and contact with prospective recruiters. If you stick to the plan, then you’re sure to build up a sense of momentum and positivity in your job search.
Improve your professional profile
It’s essential that you have an up-to-date CV. This clearly written and formatted document should highlight your individual set of skills and accomplishments. It should be no more than 2 pages in length, given that hiring managers are sure to be inundated with applications in the new year. Have a read of our recent blog on writing a successful CV for further guidance. And take care to avoid the 7 CV no nos.
Time should also be taken over the creation of a suitably appealing LinkedIn profile. You’ll want to set up a clear headshot and a professional-looking banner. Care should be taken over the writing and formatting of the ‘About’ section. The LinkedIn starter guide might well come in handy.
If you’ve narrowed down your career options, then it should be quite easy to create a focused cover letter template and profile for inclusion in any application forms. This should save you time over the long run, as you’re able to make adjustments based on the particular role that you’re applying for. It would also be worth practicing your professional introduction so that you’re confident of making the best possible impression when meeting with potential recruiters.
Do Your Research
Once you’ve got your documentation in order, it will be time to use your powers of investigation. You should create and keep to a regular routine of researching the types of businesses that you’d consider working for. Take a look at company websites, companies house, and check out the details of open vacancies.
There’s a good chance that you’ll find a number of suitable opportunities. However, it would be worth reading employee reviews, on websites such as Glassdoor and Indeed. Other good jobsites are Reed, CV Library, or Total Jobs. You should also check out any business blogs and press releases to get a better feel of your prospective employers. LinkedIn profiles might give you a helpful insight into the backgrounds of those people with who you could end up working.
Make the most of your network
The rule that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” may be at least partly true when it comes to your employment prospects. If you’ve been working within a certain sector for a long time then you may well have the contact details of hiring managers, HR staff, and other key influencers. Alternatively, you might have friends or family members who are happy to put in a good word or two. At the very least they should be able to share some advice and help during the application process.
Contact Benjamin Edwards
For comprehensive support in your search for a New Year job, you should get in touch with Benjamin Edwards. Drawing on more than 27 years of recruitment industry experience, we promise personalised guidance and support in everything from the choice of suitable careers to interview preparation. Filling the majority of positions through direct networking, headhunting, and connection with existing contacts, we can make all the difference to your New Year prospects. See our comprehensive list of jobs here, or why not have a confidential and free blog written for you to attract employers to your profile. There’s no need to wait until January – go ahead and give us a call on 01522 412066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today!