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6th Jan 2017

How to... Job search in January 2017

WHETHER you’re searching for a job or thinking of making a career change, taking positive steps now can benefit you for the months to come.

BE PREPARED

Update your CV to reflect your most recent employment opportunities and achievements. Sign up for job opportunity alerts in your desired field and check recruitment pages for jobs you may like.

BRAND YOURSELF

Why not have your own site showcasing your capabilities? You should tailor your project to your job interests. Make sure your online profile is current by updating sites such as Linkedin and creating a profile on our website www.nijobfinder.co.uk.

RESEARCH A LEAD

You have found a job you like, contacted the recruiter and are looking to take the next step. Make sure you do your research thoroughly. Look through the company’s media centre and see what it has been up to in the press. Read articles about the sector it operates in. Be critical. Think about what you would do to improve the business and prepare questions you might want to ask.

UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE

New year, new you. Make sure you’re ready for a potential interview by dressing smart and feeling good.

THINK AHEAD

It may be that you need to further your studies in order to get the job you really want. Now may be the time to consider a part time course or a return to education. Perhaps you have been considering a vocational hobby, such as learning a language or an IT course – now is the time.

BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS

You are probably already looking for jobs across the UK, but have you considered working abroad? Europe and the US are always popular options, but with industry booming in the Middle East, China and India, why not be adventurous?

BE RESILIENT

It’s easy to be downhearted if your job search isn’t going well. Don’t take rejection personally and remember that a recruiter’s needs change, so that no could become a yes.

SET YOUR 2017 GOALS

Make your New Year career resolutions early. Don’t forget to make social, personal and money goals too, and review them monthly.

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