Jessica Tabinor mental health in the workplace
Blue Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year due to the promise of miserable weather, the likelihood of us already failing with our New Year’s Resolutions and the long wait until the post-Christmas payday.
So how do we combat it?
We think that January should be a time to get excited about the opportunities we could have throughout the year. A new role can bring a fresh new start with new challenges and better progression opportunities.
So, to kick-start your job search and turn that frown upside down, check out our 10-step checklist to landing your dream job.
✔ Write Your Ideal Job Description/Career Plan
Most of the time, the hardest part of job hunting is knowing where to start but It’s much easier to get a job if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Try and make a high-level plan of where you want your career to go, what you want to learn and what kind of company you would like to work for. This will help you narrow down potential roles and give you a more focused job search.
✔ Draw Up a Timeline
Do you have a timeline in mind? Maybe your current contract is coming to an end? Either way, it’s a good idea to write up a timeline of key milestones in your job search. Decide when you want to have your CV and cover letter ready when you want to have your applications completed
Keeping your CV concise, making sure you contact the right recruiters and researching different companies may seem like obvious tips, but along with everything else you need to do in your job search, it’s inevitable you may forget at least one – so write it all down!
✔ Sign Up for Job Alerts and Register
Pretty self-explanatory but equally as important. Make sure you sign up to job alerts via email, it couldn’t make the process easier as effectively the jobs are sent to you.
✔ Network, Network, Network
If you’re looking to progress your career you want to be using as many of your contacts as possible. Make the most of industry events by making new connections which ultimately could lead to job opportunities.
✔ Spruce up your CV
Before you leap in to sending your CV to recruiters and submitting it as part of applications, give it a once-over to make sure the content is still relevant and that your work history is up-to-date.
You may wish to tailor your CV to the role or the type of role that you are applying for which is also a great way to impress future employers.
✔ Revamp your LinkedIn Profile
Similarly, it’s worth giving your LinkedIn profile a once over too. A recruiter or potential employer may fact check your LinkedIn profile to make sure it’s consistent with your CV.
✔ Talk to Some Recruiters
Working with a recruiter to find your next role can be the most efficient way to find your next job. Well-connected recruiters know about forthcoming opportunities and can advise you on industry trends and what type of company would suit you the best.
For more information on how to work with recruiters, read our guide.
✔ Search for the Opportunities
Keep on track by setting aside some time every day or even every week to search for opportunities. There will be so many jobs out there, but it takes time to find them.
✔ Start Prepping for Interview Questions
Whilst you’re waiting for the hiring managers to call you back, use the time to familiarise yourself with the most common interview questions such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”.
Click here to see our top interview tips
✔ Research the Company
Whether you’ve secured a role or you’re still looking, researching some companies is always a good idea. It enables you to familiarise yourself with the company, the industry and what your job entails.
Another added benefit is that at the interview stage, you will look and feel more confident, knowledgeable and most of all, prepared!