Is 2022 The Year You Get A New Job?
We are rapidly hurtling towards the end of the year, and our thoughts are beginning to turn to 2022 and what it may bring. If you are thinking about looking for a new job in the new year, you are by no means alone in your thoughts. The beginning of a new year is a time when people are motivated to set fresh resolutions and achieve new goals. Something fresh and interesting is on the horizon, as is the opportunity to truly knuckle down and begin moving forward in your professional life. Job losses, redundancies, and periods of furlough have all taken their toll on many people over the past two years, and many of them are in desperate need of a fresh start, which is exactly what many of them are getting.
Throughout this article, we will look at some of the steps you can take to land your dream job in the new year.
Expand your horizons and learn new things
A lot of us have gone through college and university or training programs and have found ourselves established into a career that we never get to leave. We believe that because we have received training in a particular subject, we are obligated to remain in that sector – but this could not be further from the reality.
Begin to think a little more creatively and critically. Those who can speak more than one language, for example, should not limit themselves because there is a multitude of opportunities available to them, which they should investigate in greater depth. It is possible that the ideal job is not the one for which you originally planned or trained. Perhaps you could move into teaching the skills you have picked up over the years, or are interested in finding out more about healthcare staffing.
Make changes to your profile
The Christmas season should, of course, include plenty of time spent resting and spending time with family and friends, but it is also an excellent time to give your professional profile a facelift. Take advantage of this window of opportunity to get a leg up on your competition and get a head start on your new work search.
The most apparent place to begin is with your resume, especially if you have been in your current position for a long time.. Add any promotions, new abilities, or certifications you have earned, and if you are considering a complete career move, make sure your resume is tailored to the new industry. Another thing to consider is if the people you have named as referees are still appropriate for the position.
Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Using keywords from job descriptions as a guide
- Create new job names for each position and avoid reusing the same one more than once. Proofread for spelling, grammatical, and typing mistakes
- Include any data or statistics that you have to support any points you raise.
- Keep in mind to take a look at your public social media profiles and update your LinkedIn profile as well. In order to connect with possible employers and network with others in the business, LinkedIn is a valuable resource.
Market research is essential
Undoubtedly, one of the most common mistakes job searchers make is failing to conduct thorough market research before applying for positions. Spend a few minutes over the next couple of weeks researching the opportunities that others with your skillset have secured, as well as the positions where your abilities are required. Take a look at the job openings that are now available and make a note of the pay and benefits that each position offers. This can assist you in making judgments on which path to take, which is particularly useful if you are considering widening your horizons.
Participate in virtual job fairs
Many places ae still not back to face to face events and are sticking to virtual job fairs and events for the forseeable future. However they are organized, a job fair is one of the most effective methods of establishing a connection with potential employers. T he most important things to remember are the following:
- It should be taken seriously.
- There should be no difference in your approach and professionalism whether you are hosting a virtual or an in-person event.
- Dress to impress – just because you are going from the comfort of your own home does not mean you should not dress appropriately.
- Make sure your technology is up to date and functional – there is nothing worse than having to fiddle around with cameras, audio, and other faulty equipment. Before you begin, double-check that everything is in working order.
- Prepare your Résumé and references in advance – if you strike up a good rapport with a potential employer, they may request that you send your paperwork over immediately. If you have them ready to go, you will appear enthusiastic, which is exactly what they desire.
- Research the companies that are attending – once you have registered for a position, you should be able to view a list of the companies that will be attending. Make sure you do your study on them so that you can ask them questions and demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm.
Pass the interview with flying colors
COVID-19 has altered the way that interviews are conducted at the moment, with the majority of companies choosing to conduct them digitally. Even though we are all familiar with what to expect during a face-to-face interview, conducting it through the use of a computer screen and a camera is a whole different ball game.
- Dress just like you would if you were going to an interview in person.
- Remove any potential distractions such as pets and kids, and turn the TV off
- Check your background and stay away from novelty. Examine your backgrounds closely and ensure that the space behind you is clear and impartial.
- Make sure you make direct eye contact with the screen and that you are looking at it directly.
We have no idea what the year 2021 will bring, or how recruitment will look as we progress through the pandemic and emerge on the other side. In any case, now is the time to start thinking about your future, refining your Resume, and learning more about the sector.