January is the perfect time to get yourself into gear and kick that hunt for your dream job up a level! “New Year, New Me”!?! It’s time to put your money where your tweet is!
Here are 8 New Year’s Resolutions which will help you perfect your job hunt and make landing a role a lot more likely!
I will talk to one person I don’t know every week.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again… Networking is so important in the creative industries. It’s easy for us to become comfortable and just hang around with our mates but it’s time to start pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Talk to someone you don’t know every week… this doesn’t have to be in person, this could be on social media too. Not only will this help you grow your network but will also help develop your communication and people skills. Here’s some great networking advice to help you out!
I will rework my CV.
If you’ve been sending out the same CV for months and not been getting the responses you want? Have you had the same layout for the last couple of years? Then this is probably the New Years resolution for you! Reworking your CV and changing it’s layout will help you spot any errors or any sentences that just don’t work. It will also help you get motivated to get stuck into your job hunt. Check out our advice on creating the perfect CV here!
I will tidy up my online presence.
Making sure your digital footprint is up to scratch is another great resolution to help you on your professional journey. Erase those old profiles. Collect the links to some of your achievements into a document. Create a linkedin profile or just update it. These are just some of the ways you can make sure a Google Search of your name doesn’t end up with some cringey photos. For more advice on perfecting a professional presence online, check this out!
I will develop my skill set and knowledge.
Knowledge is power… It’s a fact. Read more on the industry you want to go into. Learn about the advances predicted for the next year. Identify the challenges your industry faces. Look at job descriptions for your dream job and pin point where your skills gap is and find out how you can fill it. Use this fresh start to learn as much as you can and make yourself the ideal candidate.
I will put together a list of what I liked and what i didn’t like from previous roles to work out my dream job.
Sometimes identifying the job you want can be half the struggle. You might know the industry you want to get into but you aren’t quite sure exactly which role you want. Think of all the roles you have had in the past and make a list of the things you liked and didn’t like about each role. Once you have this list, you should be able to spot a job that’s right for you and one that you might be better to pass up on.
I will put together a plan to get towards my dream job.
Once you know what your dream job is, work out a plan of how you can get there! Look at the roles that work under or with people in your dream job. Research how your career inspiration got to where they are. Then put together a career route or plan for you and work towards it. When you know where you are going and how to get there, the journey becomes a lot easier!
I will make sure I tailor every job application to the role I am applying for.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when applying for jobs is not personalising their applications. If you can show your passion for the company and the role and prove that you are a perfect fit for the role, you have almost guaranteed an interview. Make sure that you tailor every application you send this year and you’ll definitely increase your chances of landing your dream job.
I will not let myself become demotivated by a ‘No’
It’s easy to take a ‘No’ to heart but don’t let it get you down. Use this New Year to tackle your job hunt with a positive attitude. Don’t let a ‘No’ stop you as you don’t know who you were up against or exactly what the company is looking for! Try to learn from each ‘No’ too. Is something missing from your CV? Is there an error in your cover letter? Is your email etiquette a little sloppy? Should you do more prep before an interview? Do you need to work on your communication skills?
If you take all of these New Year’s Resolutions on board, you’ll be a step closer to your dream job in no time!
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