Your Career Toolbox for the New Year
As the end of the year approaches, were all inspired to make life changing moves however its important to plan a Search strategy for your career that is realistic and will get you where you want to go! From experience, plans that work best are those that are specific and measurable. Vague career goals that have no thought or planning as to how you will achieve them will usually prevent you from securing your long term career objectives.
So to ensure you have the edge on your Career Hunt in 2012 follow these 5 steps and keep your fingers on the pulse of the job market
- Break down your career plan
Knowing where you want to be five or ten years down the line is fantastic however you need to know how to get there. Specific, measurable, short term goals are paramount and will give you a greater chance of achieving your long terms goals. Ensure your goals are also realistic and set up a spreadsheet to keep on track of everywhere your CV is being sent to. Although it may be tempting to apply for every job you see, you will not only waste your time but a potential employer or recruiters time. Only apply for jobs that your qualified for. If the advertisement asks for you to have five years IT experience and you don’t, move on to a better suited opportunity.
- Keep your CV up to date and personalize your cover letter
The beginning of 2012 is the perfect time to update or compile the perfect CV & Cover Letter. It may be necessary for you to have two or three targeted CVs depending on the roles you are applying for and ensure your career accomplishments are incorporated your CV as well as any other online profiles you may have online.
- Build your online presence
You cannot afford not to have an online presence anymore so loose those fears and take your job search to new heights. Consider joining up to Linkedin, Twitter, jobsites, join group discussions and upload a visual CV. A strong online presence will open new doors with potential employers and uncover that all important hidden job market.
Most jobs are now filled through personal connections, recommendations and referrals. Meet up with old friends and colleagues and let everyone know that your looking for a new job (unless your currently in one). Join Networking sites, local Enterprise Boards, attend Career Fairs and stay in touch with other professionals in your area. Take every opportunity possible to get advice, meet with the decision makers and expand your networking possibilities.
- Follow up
As the job market has become more competitive over the past two years, its imperative to follow up on any CVs sent, potential leads etc. Job seekers worry that following up can be aggressive but potential employers will want to see that your pro active and passionate about your job search.
Nothing kills an opportunity faster than a negative attitude so keep a positive outlooks, set realistic goals and reward yourself for success along the way on your path to securing your dream career.
For more information on Retail opportunities in 2012 contact Teamworx @ 045898037. Wishing you all a very happy New Year.