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12 Days of a Job Hunting Christmas

12 Job Hunting Days Christmas TreeChristmas can be full of temptation and the biggest temptation for jobseekers is to sit back and relax and “take the foot off the gas” when it comes to their job search. The festive holiday however, can be the perfect time to “gear up” and take your search to the next level – before everyone else does. So what 12 bits of advice can we give you to kick start your job hunt in the New Year?

 

1. Set your goals – What do you want to achieve from moving or switching careers? A better work life balance, a better package, career progression? Look at what you want to achieve over 2015, write down your goals and commit to them. Read more…

 

2. Make a plan – Now you know what you want to achieve, write down how you plan to achieve it. Remember though that whatever you plan needs to be manageable within the time and resources you have. You don’t want to get disheartened! Read more…

 

3. Research – Take a look at what’s out there at the moment; what job positions are available? Are they in the right area? Is it the right salary and package? Write down a few companies that you would like to work for and research them too. A well informed jobseeker makes the process a lot less stressful.

 

4. Review your CV – it’s time to dust off those mince pie crumbs and review your CV; it is an essential marketing tool, so make sure it “sells” you to potential employers. Read more…

 

5. Review your contact methods – Make sure you have a professional email address as your contact for job hunting and make sure your voicemail is switched on – you do not want to miss out on an offer of an interview.

6. Social Media Makeover – take a little time to review your public profile on your social media networks. If it’s something you might not want your next employer to see, think about changing your privacy settings or taking down certain posts. Read more…

 

7. Update your LinkedIn profile – If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile – get one – and make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete. Where possible ask for recommendations from your previous employers, and get as many endorsements for the skills that you have as possible; then it’s not just you saying you are great at doing your job. Read more…

 

8. Expand your network – Job hunting is very much about networking, networking and then more networking. Take this opportunity while you are “out and about” this festive season to expand your network and let friends and family know what you are looking for work wise – you never know who they will bump into. Read more…

 

9. Business cards – Think about getting some business cards printed with your contact details, area of expertise, and URL address to your complete LinkedIn profile – they don’t have to be expensive and can be sourced online (for example vistaprint) so you never miss an opportunity to expand your network again.

 

10. Cover Letters – make sure you tailor your CV to the job you are applying for and include a covering letter with your application. It’s an excellent way to add the “personal touch” to your submission and give you an extra opportunity to “sell” the reason why you are perfect for the position. Read more…

 

11. Update your interview attire – If you have a little money left over from Christmas; take advantage of those January sales and invest in updating your business wardrobe to make a great first impression at those New Year interviews. If not, don’t worry; take this opportunity to get your business attire to the dry cleaners and get them professionally pressed ready to “wow” – maybe mix up those accessories to give you a new look?

 

12. Prepare – Once you’ve got your foot in the door and been offered your interviews; don’t “gear down” just yet. Research, practice and prepare for each interview to give you the very best chance in nailing that interview. Read more…

 

With these “12 Days of a Job Hunting Christmas” hints, you could be well on your way to a new career in the New Year. Good luck!

 




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