New Years resolution – I’m getting a Job
So Christmas is over, you’ve been to the sales, bagged a bargain and are now looking ahead to the New Year. Wishing a fresh start or a change of career. You’re mulling over your new year resolutions and they include
I’m going to get a job in the New Year
Simple, I need a job, I don’t care what job it is, I’ll take it, I’m working in 2015.
To help you keep the resolution and help in your preparation to bag a job in the new year, we’ve put together some ideas.
Get clever by setting S.M.A.R.T targets. Think S.M.A.R.T
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound
You are more likely to find a job by achieving specific goals which you set for yourself. Focus on what you are trying to achieve and how you will accomplish it. What jobs you are actually willing to do and how you apply for them?
What will the outcome be? What’s suitable?
- Full time (P/T)
- Part time (F/T)
- Flexible hours
- Type of occupation e.g Retail assistant or warehouse operative
Write down a list of possible job goals
Why am I doing this? Your reasons to work
- To earn a wage
- A better life
- Support my family
- Go on a holiday abroad
Who should be involved? Its all about networking
- Recruitment agencies and employers
- Career advisers and coaches
- Family and friends
Where will it be? Location, can you and are you willing to relocate?
Which? Solutions you can employ
Identify the restrictions and limitations, thus enabling you to find solutions to overcome any barriers preventing you from finding work.
Each step taken towards finding employment should be measured by establishing some criteria. This is essential to keep you on track.
- What is it you intend to achieve? Employment
- By when? 1st April 2015
- How will it happen? Creating a CV
So the criteria is:
Create a current CV and buy appropriate clothing for job interviews by 2nd Feb 2015.
By writing a CV to apply for vacancies and having clothing for an interview will you be on course to be hired.
How does the dream come true? Is it possible?
Identify the attitudes, skills, abilities, training and finances required to get the job or run a business.
- Where can I find the funding for my self employment idea ?
- Do I need to up-skill and retrain to secure employment?
How often in our day to day conversations do we say to someone or think “be realistic”.
Are you applying for the right jobs?
Take advice and feedback from family, friends, businesses and professionals within the recruitment industry.
By thoroughly delving into your skills and experience you can discover the jobs you are capable of doing. Transferable skills are the key to what you can do.
You only get what you put into it, the greater the effort you exert the more likely you are to succeed. Everybody has potential and the sky is the limit. You can retrain and up-skill yourself which will open new avenues into the world of work.
The idea is to stay on track until you succeed. Think of bite size, small steps which lead to the main objective. Create a plan with timely goals
Time-bound goals can be:
- Short term goal – Create industry specific Cover letters and CV
- Medium term goals – Complete Digital IT course
- Long term goals – Get a job
Create an action plan, this can be in the form of a calendar diary system. You can set reminders on your mobile phone using apps, internet diary system such as outlook calendar, a hard back diary purchased from a pound shop or notes stuck on your fridge.
By breaking up big chunks into bite size tasks which then can be completed over set periods will make it easier to find work.
So you’re S.M.A.R.T. Here are some additional ideas which can be part of your SMART goals
What else can I do?
You may think you’re only capable of doing one or two job roles because all of your past jobs were the same or you have only worked in one industry. The reality is that everybody has a range of skills which can be transferred into a various sectors and many job roles.
When you start searching for a job, read the job specification and you will quickly realise that you already match the criteria. A job title can be misleading.
Subway advertise vacancies for Sandwich Artists, the role involves front of house sandwich preparation and face to face customer services, another employer may word it differently. A call centre operative’s transferable communication skills can be used in face to face advocacy work, sales and retail positions.
Tip: Use spider-grams to unearth your hidden skills. They help you visualise your abilities on paper.
Update and Freshen up your CV and Cover Letter
How old is your CV and Cover letter?
- Is it months or years?
- Are they targeted?
You should have multiple versions of your CV and Cover letter which can be quickly edited to target any job role specification. A generic document won’t match the criteria set by the employer. It’s essential you get the recruiter’s attention.
Professional Presence and Digital footprint
Professional presence is becoming an increasingly important factor in recruitment. HR professionals are increasingly researching candidates online as part of the sifting process.
Buy an new outfit, something nice and presentable
Remember: First impressions count.
Mock interview practice
Employers can ask you anything but you should prepare yourself to answer the most commonly asked questions
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What will you bring to our business?
- Why do you want this job?
Research the companies you apply to.
- What are their core values?
- Any company announcements?
- What’s the latest industry news?
- What questions are they most likely to ask?
Practice mock interviews will increase your confidence by preparing you for the interview stage