If you are one of those people who waits for the New Year to start focusing on your career or commencing your job search, then you are most likely setting yourself up for disappointment and failure.
Don’t procrastinate your job search until 2020. Think of today as the beginning of a new chapter, 2019 is over and done with.
Start now and mean it!
Let’s get the ball rolling;
1. What is your dream job?
The first step is figuring out what you want to do. Be specific. Take the time to evaluate the pros and cons of your current employer and position, and what you want for your future. Identify your professional strengths, areas of expertise and the unique skills you can bring to a potential employer.
2. Start now and mean it
Allow me to repeat this statement again. The job will not come to you, you have to go out and find it. Set goals for your job search process and adhere to them, do not lump it up into your New year resolutions package. Remember, procrastination is the thief of time.
3. Update Your CV
Now that you have identified your speciality, it’s time to market them in your CV. It is fine to have several different versions of your CV that you will send out.
However, you need to ensure that each is tailored to match all the jobs you are applying for. A general CV may not cover certain specific requirements that a job description requires.
4. Conduct searches on job boards
Job boards take out all the hard work for you. With options to filter jobs by industry, location and company, you can easily find a job that suits you. Subscribe to get alerts on job openings as soon as they are posted to stand a better chance.
5. Social media channels
LinkedIn is THE social media channel for professionals. You can use it to identify and connect with people around the world working for companies or in industries where you would also like to work.
Companies will also post opportunities on Twitter and Facebook, so if you have specific companies in mind, you will want to “follow” them on social media so that you get notified of these openings.
The reality is that many job opportunities aren’t posted on a company website. Sometimes a company will ask staff to refer people if there is an urgent need to fill a role.
Make a list of all the people you know that might have knowledge or contacts in the industry or the company you want to apply with. Then reach out to them first. They can easily refer or recommend you to a key stakeholder in that company.
7. Conduct research on potential employers
Targeting specific companies is actually a very popular job search strategy. And it can be effective if you approach it the right way.
Obviously, if you’ve created a list of preferred companies, you’ll want to visit their websites to see if they have advertised jobs. If they do not have openings at the moment, find a recruiter’s contact and reach out to them. Politely ask for more information about possible future vacancies.
8. Don’t get carried away with the holiday and post-holiday festivities
The Christmas holiday is fast approaching. You may want to relax, eat, travel and do all the things you couldn’t do. It’s all exciting but it may make you complacent and lazy. Seize control of your time and don’t let it dwindle away without taking actions. Before you realize it, all of your competition will be in the marketplace eyeing the jobs you want.
It takes time. Finding the right job does not happen overnight. Take a keen approach with the search by making sure it is the right fit for you.
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