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By Audrey Korir

Are you looking to get yourself a new job in the coming year?  Don’t let the holiday festivities dupe you into believing that it is not the best time to start job hunting.

Contrary to popular belief, some companies are looking to fill vacancies to get new people in place for 2020. 

With that in mind, what better way is there than to kick-start your career in 2020 with a new job?

Let’s look at these simple tips that will help you go ahead of the competition come 2020;


1. Identify your ideal job target


If you don’t know what your ideal job looks like you won’t know how to find it. 

Start by identifying the job title and work requirements that interest you. Consider the type of work environment you perform best in; is it flexible or too restrictive?  Think about your preferred company size, industry, culture, location, and structure. Now create a target list of companies that align with these requirements and start researching opportunities.


2. Update Your CV


Your CV is what employers look at first before they engage you.  Take a look at your CV and see if it’s easy to read through. 

Does it look organized? How does the layout look like? Is the information easy to navigate on the page?

If you’d like your CV to stand out, even more, consider getting the help of a professional.  Corporate Staffing’s CV Writing Services offer a quick CV edit, CV review to a one on one session on career advisory to tackle your CV, career growth and more.

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3. Read Job Descriptions Carefully


Before you submit your application, make sure the job in question is one that you can handle. In this regard, job descriptions are your friends, so read them carefully to see what the employers behind them are looking for. If, for example, you come across a position that seems great but also demands 8 years of experience or more, there’s no sense in applying if you only have 2 years of experience.


4. Network extensively


Don’t limit yourself to searching for jobs online. Reach out to your network of contacts and ask the people you know if there are openings at their companies. Doing so might unearth opportunities you wouldn’t easily have found. 


Create a list of the top 20 companies you’d prefer to work for and email them—even if they don’t appear to be hiring. Sometimes a speculative application can be just as successful as one that comes from a job ad.

The key to a successful job search is being strategic. Know what you are looking for and understand what your worth is.

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