Top Tips For Finding A New Job In 2021
A New Year, A New You
Leigh Gillatt • Careers Advice
A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU
It's best to start the beginning of a new year with a positive mental attitude and a solid plan of action, particularly where job hunting is concerned; "a new year, a new you!" If you're just about to start job searching, thinking about a career change or you're a contractor looking for that next big contract to get your teeth sunk into, then Diverse Employment are here to help.
If you taking your job search seriously now, by this time next year, who knows where you could be? Here are ten 'job search resolutions' that will help you on your way.
1. Be Selective With Applications
Searching for the right job can for all but niche sectors be a numbers game. You're confronted with a number of jobs that sound great… So you apply to them all, but sloppy half hearted applications aren't worth your efforts. To be successful you must be selective with your job applications, only applying if your application is well written, focused, and matches your current skills and aspirations. Why not begin by browsing through Diverse Employment's jobs and selecting ones to apply for.
2. Brush Up That CV & Meet Your Targets
How does your current CV look? Is it up to date with your current skill set and employment history? If not you should really consider updating it to increase your chances of 'bagging' that job you've always wanted. But, if you're not sure where to start then before you dive right into changing, or even writing, your CV, head over to our ultimate guide on how to write a CV.
Once you're armed with your interview winning CV, set yourself a target for how many applications you make per day, and per week. Then stick with it until you've got a few interviews lined up.
3. If At First You Don’t Succeed Then…
Being successful at interviews is, to some degree, a skill you learn with time. The more interviews you have, the better you become, all the time learning how to present and essentially 'sell' yourself to the potential employer. So if you don't get the job you first apply for, don't be disappointed, you've gained valuable experience that will help you do better in your next interview, it may have even given you an insight into what skill-sets employers are currently seeking.
4. Its All About The Experience
If you want to jump from your current career path into a total new field, consider applying for one of our temporary positions to help you gain the skills you need to take on a new role. Getting the right work experience can help you break into some of the more popular industries that can sometimes be swamped with potential applicants. Another ideal method favoured by the employer is a temp to perm position, which allows not only the employer to gauge your suitability to their company, but it also allows you to assess whether the new employer or new career field is right choice for you.
5. Please 'Mind The Gap'
If you discover you have knowledge gaps that you'd like to fill, doing something about it will make you feel like you’re progressing. The beginning of the year is an ideal time to get booked on a course; give up those nights out with friends for a few weeks if you have to fit a course around current work commitments, it'll pay of in the end.
6. Hows Your Network?
Have you got a LinkedIn profile? If not get one, here's why:
- It allows you to connect with interesting people, e.g. potential employers.
- It allows you to build and raise awareness of your desire to gain or move from your current employment.
- It helps you to gather opinion
- Other people within your network can endorse your current set of skills and experiences; adding credibility to your profile.
- You can learn from the people within it
- It works well and across all devices/apps
- It allows you to apply for jobs easier (for example on certain job postings on Diverse Employment).
If you already have a LinkedIn profile, spruce it up ready for the New Year, to make yourself more visible to potential employers. Read Diverse Employment's article on How To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile For 2021.
Outside of the electronic world, take a look at networking events in your industry, make contact with people, and follow up introductions with an email. Don't be tempted to ask for a job however. Just let it be known that you're job hunting or that you will be becoming available again shortly.
7. Thinking Outside The Box
It's easy to get stuck in a rut with your current job, or become fixated on getting one particular role. But having an open mind will lead to a lot more opportunities, don't be afraid to think outside the box.
8. Remain Positive Throughout
This time of year can leave many feeling pretty down due to poor weather and lack of natural sunlight. To avoid SAD (seasonal adjustment disorder) making sure you're eating well, and taking regular exercise will help you stay healthy, in body and mind. Taking a Vitamin D3 supplement (the sunshine vitamin) works wonders for a lot of people.
9. Stay Focused
Don't give up. Job hunting for most people takes time, and a lot of persistence. If you don't hear back, or an interview doesn't go well, dust yourself off and try again. You will get there, learn to adapt and overcome!
10. Ask For Help
Don't be afraid of asking for help, our trained recruitment consultants will help point you in the right direction, or can set you down a path you didn't know about or hadn't even thought about.