With the New Year now upon us there is no better time to start implementing your resolutions for the year ahead. The majority of individuals decide to lose weight and trim up whilst others intend to re-connect with old friends or take up a new hobby.
Nevertheless as jobseekers we recognise that your goals for the New Year will be different from that of your friends and family because they will be bespoke to you and your career aspirations. As such to assist you in finding your dream job, we’ve put together some definitive resolutions for the New Year that we believe will help you on the way to achieving your goals.
1. Define your goals
One of the most important steps to take before starting out on your job search is to define your goals by asking yourself what it is that you really want out of your future career. It may seem like a simple piece of advice but you can sometimes underestimate the importance of clearly outlining your employment aspirations before you start your job search. For example are you looking to work closer to home, in a more specialist role, a better paid position or are you just pursuing a new challenge?
By initially focussing your energy on determining what it is that you want to get out of your new role, you will minimise the risk of getting stuck in a role that doesn’t fulfil your needs and ambitions. This also gives you the opportunity to think about whether you should stay on your current career path, change your role or even alter your field entirely. Whatever you decide, make sure that you are truly committed and devoted to achieving your career goals and you’ll be one step closer to achieving them.
2. Don’t underestimate the importance of networking
The importance of networking as part of your job search should never be overlooked. Networking is all about making connections and building long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with fellow professionals and it can be a great way to discover hidden job opportunities and to set yourself apart from other candidates. We recognise that not everyone is confident in their networking abilities so we have compiled a few blog posts on ‘how to network successfully’ which will help you whether you choose to network in person or through social media.
3. Perfect your elevator pitch
An elevator pitch is a short summary used in introductions to quickly and simply define yourself and your abilities to a potential employer or contact of interest. The term derives from a scenario of an accidental meeting with someone important in an elevator in which you have only a short amount of time to make a good, lasting impression. The idea is to allure the recipient into wanting to either continue the conversation after the elevator ride, exchange business cards or schedule a meeting at a later date.
In preparing your elevator pitch it is crucial to remember that you have a maximum of around 2 minutes to sell yourself so it is important to be short, sharp and snappy. Perfecting your elevator pitch will also help you in preparing for business situations where it is likely that you will be asked to tell people more about yourself for example in an interview setting. It would be beneficial before composing your pitch to read our article on ‘how to build a personal brand’.
4. Increase your presence on social media
Networking can be a great way to find a job so why should social networking not be an integral part of your job search process too? Our lives are permanently switched on to social media and there are many ways that you can use it to your upmost advantage. For example LinkedIn allows you to follow a company that you may be interested in working for so that you can keep track of their latest news and career opportunities. You can find out more about the benefits of increasing your social media presence by viewing our post on ‘how to find a job using social media’.
5. Manage your online image
When you are applying for a job the internet is often the first place a potential employer will go to check you out. It’s therefore important to understand how to manage your online reputation and especially how you portray yourself to others with great care. The saying that first impressions count is more relevant now than ever before with potential employers forming impressions based on the information you share online.