January is definitely a time for starting over. A lot of people feel like that’s the time to throw out the old and bring in the new, and there is no exception when it comes to job hunting. It works the same with employers who often have ambitious plans at the start of a new year and might be on the look-out for new additions to their workforce.
So if you are thinking about looking for a new job here are a few handy hints to point you in the right direction.
- Getting out and about definitely opens doors. Arrange to have coffee or lunch with old contacts and colleagues and find out what’s going on in your old networks. Or why not attend some local industry events to open new doors and meet new contacts.
Get Linked In!
- If you’re not already, get on Linked In. It’s the first point of call for recruiters these days, when they’re given a specific brief they will use the world’s largest free database to mine for people with the right experience. Make sure you’re there and that your profile is updated with your skills and where possible endorsements.
Give your CV an overhaul
- Even if you’ve been in the same job for years its good practice to review your CV every year. Updating it with with new qualifications, skills and experience as you go along makes all the difference. It means you have something to hand to send out promptly when an opportunity arises and also something to be proactive with.
Practise your interview technique
- Going for an interview is the one thing that puts lots of job hunters off particularly if they haven’t had one for years. It’s surprising how many people worry about it. But it’s like riding a bike there’s nothing like practice to get you back in the flow. Why not test with a good friend or family member. Lots of good recruitment companies will also have an interview role play as part of their recruitment process and this can be a gentle refresher.
If you have any other handy hints we’d love to hear them!