New Year, New Job!
We're nearly at the end of another busy year, and with Christmas around the corner this is when we typically see a slow-down in recruitment activity, before the January flurry of job seekers and newly signed-off roles.
Although we're still getting some great briefs in, many job seekers will now wait until the New Year before starting to think about their next move, with "Finding a new job" featuring on many people's New Year's Resolutions lists.
So if you're one of those people, it's a good idea to use the time between now and New Year to plan so that you can make sure you're ahead of the game. So what should you be doing?
Firstly, update your CV and make sure it's really selling your skills. Make sure that your experience and achievements are clearly communicated and that it shows how you can add value to a new employer.
List out exactly what you want in your next role: think about the things that you enjoy, things that you want to gain more experience in and create a wish list that you can refer to as opportunities come up.
And on the flip side, make a list of what you don't want. Are there areas of your role that you want to move away from? Or that you really don't enjoy? Writing them down to refer to will help you avoid taking a role that doesn't significantly alter where you are in your career at the moment.
Think too about the companies that you'd like to work for - certain market sectors, big, small, location etc. This will give your recruiters a better steer on the environments that will be attractive to you.
And once you've gone through that process, meet with your recruiters to make sure they've got all of your information and understand exactly what you're looking for.
With the foundations in place, you'll be in a prime position to get 2014 off to a great start in a fantastic new role!