New Year, New Career
As another year draws to a close, it’s not uncommon to start thinking about a new career and goals looking forwards.
Often the ‘new year, new you’ mentality takes over with many saying ‘next year I’ll sort that out’. This increases the amount of job seekers flooding the market in January and rises the level of competition. However, the steps you take now can significantly increase your chances of securing your dream role in the new year.
We have compiled 5 tips to help you prepare yourself before the new year job surge;
1. Clear out and update your social pages
Get ahead of the game before you start applying and update your social media profiles.
It isn’t uncommon for employers to view social platforms when assessing candidates. In fact studies have shown 70% of employers utilise the results to decide whether to move to the next stage. LinkedIn is a useful tool when job searching as many recruitment companies use the platform to find new candidates. Therefore, ensure first and foremost you have a profile. Secondly, make sure it is up to scratch and filled with as much detail as possible. Make the most of this platform with the tools and certified courses available online.
2. Chat with a recruiter
Speaking to a specialist recruiter in the industry can not only help you understand your options for salary, skills, and roles. It can also increase the potential range of more senior positions. Whilst many jobs are advertised on public platforms. The higher salary, senior roles may only be found through recruitment agencies. Utilise them to help you market your CV to the right employers. You can then increase your exposure and save time.
Here at New Chapter, we cover all sorts of roles across FMCG and Retail. Get in touch with one of our consultants today to discuss what you are looking for and explore potential roles.
3. Stay open minded
Having a flexible attitude toward your job search can expand your range of opportunities. It can often be a challenge but it is always worth considering a change of location or even career path, when searching.
Whilst having a clear goal for your career is very important, and never a bad thing. Making sure to remain open minded and flexible can help lead you to the perfect role. For example, it can be easy to disregard a company’s culture if the role sounds perfect. But looking for a work environment that reflects your personal values will be more beneficial for your happiness in the long-term.
4. Beat the new year rush
With many feeling the back-to-work blues after the festive period, the level of competition heading into the new year is high.
Many don’t realise that December is a great time to start a job search, most employers keep a clearer work calendar around Christmas and spend time pre-planning for January to start the year with fresh talent and goals – so it is a great time to get yourself in front of an employer!
Candidates tend to postpone their searches until the new year but plan to leave current roles before that, for a longer break over the holidays or for a fresh start in January. So, take advantage of this key time in the year and get ahead of the competition!
5. Consider your long-term goals
Use the festive period to analyse your career goals, where do you want to be in the next five years? If you’re not on track to achieve this, what can change to ensure you get there?
Every role shapes your career so prepare yourself for interviews, put together a winning CV and explore ways to increase your skill set to ensure you can achieve that dream!
We would love to help you through each step of your career journey, all the way to landing that perfect role. Explore the live roles on our website now and chat to one of our consultants about your long-term goals.
With a wide range of exciting opportunities across FMCG and Retail, there is plenty of new avenues for you to explore and consider. Whether that be finding the perfect new company to be a part of or taking a bigger step by looking into a complete career change, what better time than the new year!
Subscribing to our job alerts or simply following us on social media, might be the difference to secure that role you’ve always dreamt of. With many vacancies going live each week, now is the perfect time to be looking for a new challenge.