Forget New Year’s Resolutions and form just one or two good job hunting habits to land your perfect new role in 2020
New Year’s Resolutions are often over-rated and over-ambitious. How many times have you resolved to do something in January, only to lapse before January is over? If your personal goal for 2020 is to find a new job, we recommend spending a little time every day or every week on one or two (or all) of these easily achieved activities and you will quickly find you have formed some new habits that might just lead to you landing that perfect new role. As with most things, “little and often” pays off and helps you to feel positive and productive.
- Sign up to targeted job alerts or make a list of
job boards to check daily – maybe on your homeward commute. For publishing jobs we recommend our own job
alerts and website in addition to Google Jobs,
and the IPG
- Log on to your LinkedIn profile every day, maybe for ten minutes at lunch time, and give yourself the goal of liking or sharing a post or connecting with someone new every day
- Set aside time at the weekend for working on your CV and personal statement or LinkedIn profile and commit to that hour or so every week, even when you don’t have anything specific to apply for. Your CV is a living document, so if you’ve achieved something at work that week, you might want to find a way of working it in to a new version of your resumé
- Make a list of contacts to keep in touch with regularly, such as your recruiter or ex-colleagues or people you’ve met at networking events. Add to the list as you build new contacts and once a month review the list and contact anyone who you haven’t spoken to in a while to let them know you’re still looking
- Give yourself the goal of attending one networking event a month. Check our events calendar for some inspiration. Tell a friend that you’re committing to this, they might say they will come with you, but even if they don’t ask them to hold you accountable, so that you don’t wimp out. If you’re a self-confessed introvert, don’t panic, networking can still be extremely productive. There is a lot of advice available on how to network as an introvert, but you can start here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/network-like-introvert-gemma-stow/
Of course there are plenty of other things you can do, but start small, form a habit or two and see where that takes you! Good luck with your job search in 2020 and if you would like to speak to one of our Publishing Recruitment Consultants, call us on 020 3574 4420.