Whether you have been seeking a new job for several months or whether changing company is part of your good resolutions for 2018, you will have to take some initiatives to find an offer that suits you and convinces employers. Here are 7 awesome job search resolutions for 2018.
1. I will review my CV
Whether in form or substance, its important to regularly rework your CV. What better time is there than at the beginning of the year to get you started, when you are full of energy and goodwill? Consider adapting it based on the offer you are responding to: an original layout for a young and dynamic company, skills to put forward more than others based on the keywords chosen by the company…
2. I will update my social media
Job search resolutions for 2018 involves social media. A recruiter interested in your profile will look deeper by typing your name into a search engine. If the first thing which comes up is a LinkedIn page which has not been updated in three years, there is a risk he will move right on to the next candidate. New contacts, participating in discussions, updated posts, recent courses taken – your activities on social media must be recent.
3. I will get training
Are you lacking a key skill, mastery of software that could be useful in your career, or is it just too long since you have learned new things? Take advantage of time off in your career to take some training. In addition to letting you acquire know-how, it will prove to employers that you are still active and ready to make more effort.
4. I will expand my search
If you have been looking for a long time without success, maybe it’s time to redefine your search criteria. Accept a few less responsibilities by focusing on quick development, search farther from home, or consider lowering your salary requirements.
5. I will do more networking
A large majority of positions are filled before the company publishes a job offer. How? Through contacts. Inform those around you of your intention to change jobs this year and ask they that think of you if they hear of an opening coming up which could match your profile.
6. I will develop my professional project
Don’t think only in the short term – certainly you need a job in the immediate future, but then what? Your job search for 2018 should be part of a carefully thought out project. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? What changes do you envisage? In addition to helping you better target your applications, this is one of the questions which you will be asked at your job interview, so you might as well be ready with an answer!
7. I will think of small businesses
Finally, although large organizations often publish more job offers, they are not the only employers on the market. Think as well of smaller companies. They are less visible, but they also offer opportunities.