By Anonymous CONTRIBUTOR (Opinions expressed by YOH contributors are their own.)
- Update your CV -If you can’t remember the last time you updated your CV, then you probably need to do so immediately. Think about all the skills you’ve learned between then and now and how much this could add to your job application.
- Focus on upskilling -Before getting started in your job search, take a moment to consider where your skills will be most useful in the new year. If you can upskill, you’ll ultimately increase your market value & stand out from your competition. So it should be a top priority
- Don’t burn your bridges in your current job- While it’s exciting to start your job search, don’t forget to maintain a positive and professional reputation in your current role. You’ll need a glowing recommendation from your employer to help you secure your new job.
- Join think-tank, masterminds, focus, job clubs, and LinkedIn, Facebook groups and the like. Groups that meet to help each other advance one another’s career are priceless. These are free and open to the public.
- Prepare for tricky questions- It’s easy to get preoccupied with firing off applications left, right and centre and forget to prepare for the next stage; the interview. Familiarise yourself with tricky interview questions and your perfect answers.
- Take advantage of networking opportunities– Job seekers should take time to network with new or existing contacts. Use these connections to your advantage. You never know who may be in a position to help you land a new role.
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.