If you are wanting to take the new year by storm and land your perfect role, here are 5 quick tips to help you start preparing for your 2024 job search.
Take some time to reflect and evaluate
Frequently, individuals transition between roles, pursuing the obvious next move or ascending the career ladder. While this is great for some people, it's crucial to reflect on whether it aligns with your genuine desires and career aspirations.
The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect and evaluate what went well and what didn’t quite go to plan. As well as thinking back to the times when you felt most connected to your work or motivated by a particular project. Run through your current skill set and how this has changed and evolved. This task will help to clarify what is most important to you ahead of looking for your next role. It’s also great to recognize all you have achieved and learnt over the past year.
When you are not actively looking to switch jobs, networking can fall by the wayside but it’s a useful tool to help you get back out there. This could be attending online or in person events, connecting with relevant people on LinkedIn or simply reaching out to your existing connections and asking for advice. It is much easier than you think, you just have to start.
You guessed it, updating your resume and LinkedIn
It is time to dust off your resume and add in all those new skills you have acquired along the way. We recently noted down some key tips on updating your resume which you can check out here. As well as updating the content be sure to tweak your resume to give yourself the best chance of getting through an ATS (applicant tracking system), things such as choosing the right file type or including relevant keywords can help with this.
Work out your non-negotiables
Now this is an interesting one. Have you ever put pen to paper on what those deal breakers are when it comes to your next role? Well, it can be useful to jot down a few things you are not willing to budge on. This might be working from home 3 days a week, access to on-the-job training courses or it could be having the flexibility to start work earlier on given days. If you are ready and equipped with your non-negotiables, you can communicate these with your recruiter straight away.
This certainly won’t be for everyone, but it can be helpful (and satisfying) to start a tracker spreadsheet for your job search. You can use this to keep on top of your applications, record key notes from conversations with recruiters as well as tracking the status of what is in flight. Trust us, this is a simple way to avoid getting overwhelmed by your job search.
If you are looking for more tailored advice or simply want to chat about your search, we would love to help. Contact our team here.