The New Year is just around the corner and you may already be thinking of how you want your career to go starting from January. You may be looking for a fresh start to test out new skills at a new company. You may even be looking to the next step on the ladder. Now is a perfect time to put your musings into action. Many hiring managers begin curating new additions to their teams before the New Year even begins. Here are some things you can start doing in preparation for a new role in the New Year:
UPDATE YOUR CV
Take a look at your CV and think about what you have achieved in the past year. Depending on where you want to go, start tailoring your skills to the role you’re aiming towards. Consider changing the look of your CV, layout and colours, altogether to truly celebrate a new chapter in your life.
MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR NETWORK
Great leaps don’t have to be taken alone. Talk to your contacts and look at expanding your network by attending industry events and lectures. If your social media is public, consider documenting these attendances to demonstrate your interest and commitment.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LINKEDIN
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, now is the time to create one. The online service is used by recruiters as a quick and useful way to scout candidates for their roles. Many of the roles we advertise on LinkedIn exceed 100 applications – be sure that your profile stands out among the masses.
If you already have a LinkedIn profile, approach it as if it were an extension of your CV. Update your profile picture, polish the text and connect with any contacts you made over the year. If you are on good terms with your colleagues, ask them for endorsements so that anyone visiting your profile can read what your peers think of your work.
READ UP ON INDUSTRY NEWS
Now that the year is almost over, many industry publications will be writing articles on the year in review and forecasted trends. Educating yourself on the world in which you want to work will not only guide your role ambitions but also give interviewers a solid impression of your commitment. For example, if you have seen that a company is either thriving or struggling financially, you will want to consider sending applications their way accordingly.
REACH OUT TO A RECRUITMENT AGENCY
Online job boards are becoming an increasingly popular tool for candidates, with many flocking to the internet to send out their CV in mass. Be one step ahead of your competition and approach a recruitment consultant directly. To make the process more fluid for both parties, present to them a clear vision of your ambitions and skills.