New Year, New Job

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Maire GerrardNo comments


As we approach the end of another year, many employees will be feeling reflective and as a result of this, be considering making a change. This could be anything from moving house, trying a new hobby, or possibly progressing to pastures new in their careers. 

If you fall into the latter category, you should seriously be thinking about preparing for your job search now. January is known for being one of the busiest months for recruitment, and it is of paramount importance to be poised to make the most of the opportunities on offer and surpass the competition.

There are a number of steps you can take to make sure that come the strike of midnight on the 31st December, you are ready and raring to go.

Assess your priorities

Before making applications, take a moment to really think about why you want to leave your current role, and subsequently what you want from your new job. While this could include measurable differences such as a shorter commute or a higher salary, it is also worth thinking about whether you want more responsibility, better training opportunities or even just a change in organisation culture. The more you think about it, the better placed you’ll be to convince interviewers that you are committed to the role when the time comes.

Tackle your CV

If this is the first time you’ve seriously thought about changing careers since starting your current job, you will probably need to update your CV. While this might seem like a relatively simple task, given you should know what you do at work everyday like the back of your hand, it can be surprisingly time consuming. For maximum impact you should tailor your CV to every job description, highlighting the most relevant responsibilities and competencies to make your suitability really shine.

Make the right connections

Recruitment consultancies should play a major part in your job search, as they can give you access to and guidance on roles you may otherwise not have heard about or considered. Use the remainder of the year as an opportunity to engage and meet with the right people, or reconnect with those who’ve helped you in the past, to make sure you are on their radar and one of the first people they call when the job rush hits.


If you are looking to make a change in your career, we’d love to hear from you and assist in your job search. You can register with us here, or email and call one of our regional offices for more information.

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