Top tips to get your New Year job hunt off to the perfect start
This may be a time to put the feet up and relax – but not if you are preparing to join the thousands that will start 2019 looking to get a new job.
January is the busiest time of the year for recruitment companies as people look to make good on their new year resolutions – and make a positive change in their life.
While starting a diet, cutting the booze or joining a gym invariably top the list – changing job or career is also up there and doesn’t fall flat after just a couple of weeks.
Also, if our experience is anything to go by, if you have the talent and skills and have prepared well, then you’ll be snapped up in no time.
The manufacturing sector and the FMCG sector, who we place a lot of candidates with, will again be looking for talented employees in 2019.
If you already work in manufacturing or FMCG and are considering a new challenge next year or are looking to enhance your career – then this could be the perfect time to do so.
We are ready to assist you in your quest – but there are also a number of things you can do, especially over the festive period, to give yourself a head start.
Set your goal – and be specific!
Don’t just declare – I’m going to get a new job. That’s like saying, I’m buying a new car. Have some specifics about what job you want to do, what you want from that job and even who you want to work for. Don’t generalise, have direction and set goals.
Re-energise your CV
This is your passport to a new job. This needs to be perfect to get you past the first hurdle. Update your skills and experience, review and rewrite. Tailor it for the job – making sure it meets the credentials.
If feasible, get a professional to look at it and provide their expertise. Once it’s ready, store it in the cloud so you can access it at any time and forward on to a recruiter when you see a job you want to apply for.
Update your social media profiles
This is an opportunity to market yourself. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile get one. If you do, then update it, again highlighting core competencies and keywords that will make you appeal to an employer – and help them find you.
Your other social media profiles, clean them up, but also use the bios and posts to your advantage – as you never know who is looking.
Invest in your career
If you need to boost your skill set to land that job, then do it. There are numerous websites offering online courses to assist. Actively learning also boosts your employability in an era when workers need to be able to upskill.
Stay in the know
If you want a job – then you have to keep looking. Jobs in niche sectors such as manufacturing or FMCG can be placed with specialist recruiters – such as us – so do your research and register with the right recruitment agencies.
Use the internet to search job boards and register for notifications and do likewise on LinkedIn. Explore all the avenues.
Don’t give up!
The job you want is out there, it just sometimes takes persistence to get it.
If you want recruitment advice or would like to discuss any of the manufacturing or FMCG opportunities we have – don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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