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December 12, 2017

How to Snag a New Career in the New Year

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Many people consider a new career around the holiday season. We’re in the final month of the year and you may start planning to move upwards and onwards. But why hesitate? You don’t need to wait until January to secure a new job role for yourself. If anything, why bother hitting the job market at the same time as everyone else? This just means you’re up against more competition. Instead, get ahead of the game, and start applying before January arrives. Here are a few simple steps to help you along the way.


Polishing Your Resume

It’s not necessarily best to hand the exact same resume out to any job that comes up. Sure, it may be simple and more convenient. But the person reading it will be able to tell that this is a carbon copy of the same thing that’s handed out to anyone arising with an opportunity. You need to make each resume personal to the company that’s hiring. This shows that you’ve really looked into the company and the position you’re applying for, so you actually know that the role suits you. So, for any job you’re serious about, write out a fresh resume. Sure, keep your education information the same, but write out a unique cover section and only bother listing your previous experience that is relevant. Sections of a resume can be fairly flexible, so don’t feel you need to stick to the same old style all the time.



Networking

You’ve probably heard that when it comes to securing a job, it’s not necessarily about what you know, but rather who you know. This is why networking is so important! Start making connections with others already operating in your field of interest. Sites such as LinkedIn are great for this. Alternatively, attend talks, conferences, or seminars that people working in the field are likely to attend. This gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to them and pick up key pieces of information, such as job openings and the best companies to work for.

Preparing for Interviews

Most jobs will require you to attend an interview before you are offered a position. This is to allow your employer to get a better impression of you as a potential employee. Sure, you may meet all of the requirements on paper, but they will want to ensure that you’re as competent in person. They will also want to get a better idea of your personality see whether you’d fit in well into the existing team or workforce. So, be prepared. Whether your interview is via Skype or in person, you will want to practice beforehand. Look up common interview questions for the role you are applying for. There are pages and pages of examples out there. Then note down your responses. Don’t be too reliant on these though. You don’t want to come across as robotic or artificial in your conversation or communication. You also don’t want to be caught like a rabbit in the headlights if you’re posed with a question that you weren’t expecting. So just have a general idea of what you might say. If you do come across a question that catches you off guard, don’t be afraid to take a moment to think. It’s better to pause and answer rather than to blurt out the first thing on your mind, only to regret it later.


These simple tips could help you jump start a brand new career sooner than you originally anticipated!


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