• Lyndsey Howard

How to take advantage of the January Job Hunt

If all the rumours are correct, January 2022 is gearing up to be one of the busiest hiring periods we have seen in a long time. So if you are considering a move, now is the time to create an action plan.

As businesses begin the new year, many will receive approved budgets for additional headcounts, making January an important time for job seekers to let potential employers know they are in the market.

If you are considering talking to new employers in 2022, we have created a list of tips to help you prepare and secure your next career goal.

1. Refresh and update your CV

This might seem like an obvious one, but it's important that you update your CV to accurately reflect your experience, skills, and why someone would want to hire you.

2. Use LinkedIn to find connections

Do you have an idea of the next business or leader you want to work for? Leveraging people you may know in the company is a great way to learn more about the business and, ideally, a warm referral. Even if they don't have any sway in the hiring process, they can still help give you an understanding of what their hiring process is like and even what the company's culture is. Remember, you are also interviewing them, so take the time to learn as much about the company as you can

3. Prepare your introductory email

This is your first impression, so make it count. A good CV will get their attention, and a good email will get you the interview. Keep it concise and to the point; interviewers will appreciate this as they dig through the slew of applicants.

4. Scratch up on your interviewing skills

An interview can be stressful for everyone involved, but it doesn't have to be for you. If you take the time to prepare yourself, not only will you be confident, you will also be able to put your best foot forward. Here is what to be ready for;

- Research the industry and the company that you are applying for

- Be clear on the points that sell you and what you are looking for out of the company

- Be prepared for the questions that will ask about the gaps in experience and knowledge

- Read through a standard list of interview questions they may ask and prepare answers, they may not ask those specific questions, but this will allow you to reflect on your broader interview and give you the confidence to answer any question

- Prepare the questions you want to ask your interviewer; some of these questions should be specifically designed to show your expertise in the industry, but don't be afraid to ask more about the company, like their goals and their values

- Understand that their decision will be made early in the interview and that for the rest of it, they will spend time confirming that decision

Starting a new job or looking for a career change is never easy, especially with increased emphasis on developed leadership skills.

One of the best ways to set yourself apart from other applicants is to show that you have taken the initiative to develop yourself beyond technical skills and don't know where to start? Contact us today to discuss your career goals and what programs we have to help you achieve them.

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