New year, new job? If you, like so many, are planning for a fresh start – complete with a new job – in 2017, there is no better time to start planning. After all, you’re not alone. Along with “live life to the fullest” and “pay down debt,” getting a new job is one of the most common new year’s resolutions. It’s also one of the most commonly broken. So, how do you get ahead of the pack and jumpstart your new year now? Read on.
1. Determine your goal: a new job or a new career?
A fresh start can mean different things to different people. For some, it can just mean a new job in the same industry – and hopefully a pay bump. For others, it might mean a complete career change. It’s important to clarify what you’re after before you start looking for outside help. Why? If you’re after a new job in 2017, your best bet is to contact a recruiter who specialises in your field. If you’re after a complete career change, however, you might want to skip the recruitment agency and look to a career coach for advice.
2. Audit your social media presence
Once you’ve drilled down on your goal, it’s time to clean up your social media presence. In brief, that means taking a look at your social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – from the perspective of an employer. Those photos of you drinking cocktails by the pool in Hawaii? Not ideal. Your LinkedIn account should present a full picture of your abilities and experience. As for the rest of your accounts, you have two choices: (a) set them to private; or (b) clean them up and give them a cohesive look and feel.
3. Develop a targeted job search strategy
It’s about to be 2017. The rules have changed. No longer can you fire off a standard resume and cover letter combo, sit back and relax. These days, it pays to take a “quality versus quantity” approach to job hunting. Think about a few companies you’d like to work for and get a feel for the voice they use in their branding. Tailor your resume to suit each company. Use the words they use. Drill down on the specific skills and experience in your resume that would suit that company. Be strategic; that way you stand out.
4. Contact Recruiters now
Why wait until 2017? You know what you want, so get started now. Recruiters are bombarded every January with people just like you: people who want new jobs. Since you already know what you want, and you’re a go-getter, it is in your best interest to prove that to your Recruiter. Put your plan in action now, during December, one of the quietest months every year for recruiters. This way, you and your resume will be front of mind when your perfect employer calls your Recruiter in 2017.
5. Follow up with your Recruiter by phone
So, you’ve put your plan in place. You’ve cleaned up your social media presence, drilled down on what you want, and sent off your resume to your Recruiter. So, now what? If you want to hit the ground running in 2017, you’ve got one last job: follow up with your Recruiter on the phone. It’s not enough to fire off an email or text. Instead, call your Recruiter introduce and pitch yourself. Once again, it’s about making sure you and your resume stand out. Be what your Recruiter is looking for in 2017.