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5 ways to prepare for your 2018 job search

21st December 2017

5 ways to prepare for your 2018 job search

The new year is practically here and now is the perfect time to think about where your career is heading. This is mainly because many businesses are looking for new hires to help them achieve their 2018 goals.

If you’re considering a fresh start and a new vocational opportunity, here are five ways to prepare for your 2018 job search.

1. Redefine your goals

Before you begin your search, take a look at your career goals. It’s great that you want to discover a fresh opportunity, but your job search needs to have focus if you want to find success.

Start by thinking about your immediate goals, whether that’s finding a more senior position in the industry, finding a job with flexible hours or switching careers completely. Then consider your aims for the rest of 2018 and beyond, and make a list of key job requirements. Your job search will be focused and productive as a result.

2. Check out industry trends

It’s also important to keep an eye on emerging trends in your industry so that you can present yourself as an up-to-date and in-the-know candidate in an interview.

In addition to industry updates, take a look at the recent successes and major changes in the companies you’re applying to.

Your proactive attitude and extra knowledge are sure to impress prospective employers and convince them that you’re the talent they need to achieve their 2018 aims.

3. Diversify your job search

Another way to prepare for your 2018 job hunt is by checking out the range of tools available to conduct your search and identify the ones that are suitable for you.

You might like to register with a recruitment agency, sign up to a job board like CV-Library or check out roles on social media. Use as many techniques as you can manage. It’s important not to overwhelm yourself with too many tools, or you may not be able to keep track of your applications and harm your job search as a result.

4. Rework your CV

If you’re looking to find a new job this year, updating your CV is paramount.

Start by looking at the experience and making sure your skills and achievements are up to date. Tweak every bullet point that describes your abilities, so they begin with powerful verbs like developed, created or managed. This will show the impact you can make in your new role. Also, add in figures wherever possible to support your skills with tangible metrics and prove your worth.

Then consider the length of your CV; it should be two pages long. If it’s too short, you may not be discussing your skills in enough detail. If it’s too long, recruiters may struggle to digest the important parts, and it may cost you the job.

5. Refresh your interview technique

You should also spend some time reviewing your interview technique in preparation for your search, especially if it’s been a while since you last had a job interview.

Take some time to review common interview questions and use the STAR technique to help you structure mock responses.

Also, think about appropriate questions to ask your prospective employers. Anchor them to your job search goals to ensure you have enough information to decide whether the job is the right fit for you.

About the author: Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.





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