So it’s the New Year and after some time to reflect at Christmas, you’ve decided that you want a new job, and are launching yourself into the market with passion and determination? But don’t forget lots of other people will be doing the same thing. So how are you going to stand out from your competition?
A bit of pre-planning is what you need. So for now, put that CV upload on hold and concentrate on the basics before you get going…
You need to know as much as possible about your industry. As well as being able to do the job itself you will be expected to have a good knowledge of your sector. Use social media to listen and engage in what is being said. This will allow you to learn as much as you can about current themes and also potential employers. Why not subscribe to blogs that are relevant/opinion based and keep abreast of current developments within the field. This will show you as a well-rounded professional.
Ensure that your CV is up to date; include any new skills and achievements from your current position. Remember that wherever possible use statistics/figures to show how you have been successful. This will let potential employers see straight away how they will benefit from employing you.
If you are using a recruitment consultancy, talk to them about your ambitions and where you see your career progressing. This will not only show you are serious but also help them to gauge how/where to pitch you. Bear in mind that a competent recruiter will only pass your information to their client if they think you can do the job, and are suited to the culture of the company.
Over Christmas a lot of recruiters will have been working – keeping an eye on good candidates and networking, so make sure that you are ready to go. They may have a lot of good opportunities - we certainly do! To see all the latest positions we have on offer click here.
Good luck in your job search – make 2011 a successful one!