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New Year, New Job – Getting Your Dream Role In 2017!

Happy New Year to all our readers! 

As the festive season draws to a close, reflecting on our current situations and considering our goals for the year ahead is the name of the game. 

For many of us, that means searching for a new job opportunity and speaking with recruitment agencies. But where to start? 

Resolve Your Goals

If you’ve made some new year’s resolutions that encompass your career aspirations, make sure that you stick with them by turning them into SMART Goals instead. 

SMART stands for:

Specific – What exactly is it that you want from your new role? Have you written down exactly what the role is called? How many hours do you want to work? 

Measurable – Is your goal something that is quantifiable? How will you measure your progress?

Attainable –What other commitments do you have at the moment? Will you be able to manage them and still have adequate time/ energy/ mental space for your new venture?

Relevant – Is this still the career that you want? Does your skill set match your new career goal? Are there top up courses which you can take to help you in your next steps?

Time Bound – Have you set yourself a deadline? Is the timeframe you have realistic? 

List It!

Is there a company that you have always wanted to work with? Are there a few of them? If so, make a list with both the companies and their hiring managers – complete with contact details! 

You can also find out if the company has an official recruitment partner. If they do, it is better for you as a candidate to contact the recruitment company directly, as they will be better able to represent your interests to their client. 

Once you have all this information, you can tailor your CV to the job/company you’re interested in. If a job description is available, make sure that you pick out key words and phrases from it and add them to your resume and covering letter. Make sure that each CV you send is specifically adapted for the role you are interested in – this is much more likely to yield results than sending out something generic. 

New Recruit

Following on from the previous point, it is a good idea to make a list of all the recruitment agencies that are active in your field – then contact them! 

Ensure that they have your CV and that they know you are actively seeking opportunities, even if they are unable to help you at this point in time, they will have your CV on file for suitable roles in the future. 

Market Research

Do some market research to find out as much as you can about your dream role including: 
  • the kinds of duties you will have
  • the working hours
  • rates/ salary
  • benefits 
  • competitors and colleagues
This will help you to target your CV specifically to companies which match your specific needs. For instance, if you have childcare needs, targeting companies which have an in-house crèche or allow flexi-hours will be an important aspect of your job search. 

Boxed In

When job searching, it can be very easy to box ourselves into all the traditional methods of job searching, so much so that we ignore other avenues that may be lucrative to us such as: 

Networking – if you have a friend who knows everyone who’s everyone, ask them to invite you to their next party!

Social media – recruiters and companies frequently share their current vacancies on sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Self-promotion – are you active on social media? Do you have a website or Facebook page? Are you registered on any professional boards? The ability to provide potential employer with an online/professional presence could be what makes you stand out from other candidates. 

Good luck finding your #PerfectFit role this year!

Check out these links for more resources on job hunting, updating your CV and using recruitment agencies.
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