Forget the diet you’ve pledged yourself this January. You aren’t going to stick to it so why subject yourself to the agony? Appreciate the Dairy Milk and relish the burgers (see what we did there?), you’ve got more crucial things to contemplate. If you’re thinking about that all important career move, whether you’re not content or you just feel like a change, then your New Year’s resolutions start here:
Make A Decision
The most significant place to start if you’ve considered making 2018 the year you score a new job, is to actually make a decision and bind yourself to it. Invasive or non-invasive procedure, you’ve got options! You can’t insert your poor self into a proper job search with a halfhearted attitude. It doesn’t work and you’re going to squander a lot of precious time.
Revamp Your CV
The thought of renovating your CV sounds like an absolute chore when you say it out loud. To yourself. In a dark, dark room.
We’ve all been there. This is something that needs to be done if you’ve taken the jump from passive to active jobseeker. It doesn’t have to be as excruciatingly painful as it sounds either. This is your chance to truly sell yourself and detail all of your key achievements in one slick, well written document. If you feel a bit lost when it comes to your CV, don’t panic. There is no right, uniform way to construct it, but there are a few things we recommend you DON’T do. Check out our CV guides here for some solid, vaguely entertaining advice. We do know what we are talking about (believe it or not).
Don’t Let The Media Put You Off
The news is relentlessly splattered with statistics about redundancies and particular industries having zero opportunities and vacancy lulls. Ignore it! If you’ve got your eye on a specific sector and you’ve got the substance to back up your desire to contribute, you can secure a job. It’s never THAT bad. The news has to report something after all and the media loves to depress us all. Yes redundancies happen and it’s terrible, but this isn’t something that should form the bulk of your jobseeker decision making!
If you haven’t got a LinkedIn profile, or you have one but it holds no content, we suggest you award yourself a sharp slap around the head and perch on the naughty step for half an hour. EVERYONE knows that LinkedIn is highly valuable to the recruitment industry and any recruiter will tell you that they use this daily when sourcing candidates for their roles. Never underestimate the merit of a social network, particularly LinkedIn. (And if you're a marketer, you ought to have already joined this LinkedIn Network!) Here’s a few statistics which should help you recognise the importance of getting on there:
- 2 people join LinkedIn every SECOND
- They have 100 MILLION monthly users from over 200 countries and territories across the world
- Adding a photo to your LinkedIn profile makes you 14 times more likely to be discovered on the site
- List skills on your profile and you can expect to receive 13 times more views than your empty page
- 89% of recruiters have hired someone using LinkedIn... Enough said?
Forget the common excuses that you’re not good enough and that you’re not ‘at that level’ yet. Shut up! If you go into your 2018 job search with the style of mindset which screams that you don’t deserve a pay rise or you’re not quite ready to take on a more senior role (even though you’re more than qualified), you can expect to remain stagnant for a mighty long time. It is the minor leaps into the unknown which shape our careers to be something great. No one ever learnt anything without taking risks. There is no failure, just education and potentially a short stint in therapy.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
This is a difficult one as there is a very slender line between pursuing multiple opportunities and looking like an accomplished spam artist. You might have found the textbook role and you’ve got an interview fixed (well done - your tips on how to ace it are here), but don’t rest all your hopes on it. Human beings are unpredictable. You don’t always know if you’ve got it in the bag because, believe it or not, there are a lot of talented people on and off the market. Never stop exploring. Don’t abandon your search until you’ve got an offer in the post and you’re 100% sure that the role, and indeed, the company is right for you!
This is vital. Ignoring opportunities without recognising the potential value is foolish. If someone’s invited you to a conference FOR FREE, assuming it’s relevant, you need to go. If you see an event pop up online that is explicitly designed for professionals comparable you, you need to get up off your behind and attend. The chance to network and connect with like-minded individuals could be the start of an amazing career move for you, whether it arrives a year or 10 years down the line. Anything that presents itself as significant and worthwhile, either as a learning experience or a networking opportunity, is something you need to take into consideration this year.
Go Professional On Twitter
Twitter may seem like an unlikely place to conduct your job search, but every year hundreds and thousands of companies are setting up Twitter accounts. They aren’t just setting up generic company pages either. They are crafting multiple accounts for different avenues of their businesses. A very common page we see on the careers page is Twitter. Follow them. Tailor your bio to describe your professional self. All it needs is your job title, company and then maybe a couple of quirky points to give you a bit of personality (assuming you do have a personality). Get to know your industry's key hashtags on Twitter and join the conversation. The wider you grow your professional network online, the more likely you are to spot the best prospects and get noticed. It’s free personal advertising!
You obviously can’t expect to get very far if you aren’t keeping up to date with what’s going on in your industry. You should do this anyway, but if you don’t, make a little resolution to yourself now. Spend 20 minutes a day catching up on the news within your sector. That 20 minutes could be during your commute or on your lunch break. Maybe in the little window of peace you have once the kids are in bed! Follow Twitter feeds, read published posts on LinkedIn (make sure you spend time connecting with relevant professionals on here too!), peruse sector-specific magazines. Be as productive as possible with your time and you’re winning at LIFE.
Look In The Mirror
Hopefully this one doesn’t verge on totally loopy, but take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror every day, and tell yourself how ruddy great you are! Jobs are like relationships. You’ll never love a job until you love yourself, and you for sure won’t land your dream role if you don’t BELIEVE in yourself. You might feel a bit weird, but it should at least make you laugh and everyone prefers happy leprechauns to grumpy toads.
We hope this has helped to inspire you in making some life-changing decisions this year. Oh... You're looking for a Marketing Job are you? Well you're in the right place! GET BROWSING.