The beginning of a new year often has us reassessing our choices, especially when it comes to careers, and with 2020 marking the beginning of a brand-new decade, when better to take the plunge and enter yourself into the market for a fresh role?
However, the search is not always as easy as we’d hope it would be, and can be quite time-consuming. You may feel a little out of practice or overwhelmed by the process, so we suggest a five-step strategy that will help you stay on-track and ahead of the game.
Take a look below.
- Be clear on what it is you want.
With the start of a new decade, think to yourself: what do I want this year? It might be that you need more flexibility, a higher salary or simply a new challenge to take on, but the main thing is to be clear and honest. It may be worth taking the time to write a list of goals you’d like to achieve or things you’d like to gain before even starting the job-hunt, which will prevent time being wasted on applying for unsuitable roles.
- Get your CV recruiter ready.
Your CV needs to work just as hard as you do, after all, in many cases it’s one of the only windows employers have into your skillset and experience. Consider the situation from an employer’s point of view: what would they want to see? It is important not to be generic, so tailoring your CV to each posting will improve your chances of matching the candidate criteria of the jobs you are applying for. You can read our tips on CV writing for scientific jobs here.
- Create your online presence and network.
Professional networking sites like LinkedIn have become immensely popular with recruiters worldwide – with 90% regularly using the platform. A profile that portrays who you are, what you have achieved and what you can offer in the most positive way possible will make you more appealing to employers. Personalise your profile (you could even upload some of your best work), connect with all the relevant people and then use this network to push yourself in the right direction. Remember to keep it professional, your profile should only consist of elements you want an employer to see.
- Search for the right jobs in the right places.
It is essential not to limit your search, as this could hinder your chances of finding that perfect role, or likewise, being found by a potential employer. Register and update your CV with CK+ here, and apply for jobs at the click of a button. There are a variety of other platforms you could use to help you discover desired roles and save you valuable time, and knowing which ones are the most relevant to your sector is also essential. Furthermore, set job alerts so that you never miss a posting.
- Make the most out of the interview.
Once you make it to this stage, the end goal really is within reach, but preparation is key here. Taking the time to practice potential interview questions, having an effective elevator pitch and learning to keep your nerve could be the difference between receiving an offer and being back to square one. Bring out your best side to show why you are a great fit, and it is also worth preparing a list of questions for the interviewer to show that you are interested in the position and the company. We’ve got plenty of interview advice here to help you out.