New year, new career: how to bag yourself your dream job this January

As the clock strikes midnight to bring in the new year, it’s not just about bad renditions of Auld Lang Syne and oversized confetti cannons, it also marks the start of job hunting season across the UK. For many, January signifies a fresh start and a chance for Brits feeling unmotivated about work to search for a new career. Something that excites them. Something that challenges them. After all, you spend a considerable chunk of your life in work, so why not do something you love and inspires you?
LinkedIn - the world’s largest professional network - historically sees an uplift in professionals job seeking activity during the month of January reaching its peak during the third week of the month. It’s also not just job seekers. The number of new companies looking to hire after a quieter Christmas period also increases with a spike of new job listings on LinkedIn throughout the first month of the year, meaning that 2018 really is the perfect time to make a change and look for something new.
Take a look at these following tips on how to best approach finding a new position in the New Year:
1. Identify what makes you unhappy in your current role
The holidays are a great time to reflect. Take a look back at the year that’s been and try to decide what makes you dissatisfied in your current job. Is it that you’re not being challenged? Is it that you’re not passionate about the work? Write these down.
At the same time, write down what you do like about the role and what career success means to you. Whether that’s the industry, the people you work with or even the work/life balance, there could be a multitude of reasons and definitions but it should give you an idea of what you want and more importantly what you don’t want. This will give you a solid foundation to begin your search.
2. Get some career advice from someone you trust
LinkedIn recently conducted research that indicated that only 3% of young professionals have a mentor yet two out of five want one. Mentors can give you an unbiased point of view on your career, your position and industry, and will be able to offer sound advice based on their experience and hopefully be able to help you with your new search. With LinkedIn’s new Career Advice feature, you can easily connect with a range of mentors in your industry that will be able to give advice on the year ahead.
3. Remove your invisibility cloak
It’s time to make yourself visible to companies and potential recruiters. Get yourself a LinkedIn profile and update it. Include all of your relevant experience, recent jobs, passions, skills and education that demonstrate to businesses that they should hire you. Treat this like a working document, try not to update it just when you’re looking for a role or have recently been promoted, update it throughout your professional career with all of the unique things you’ve done.
With LinkedIn’s Open Candidates tool, you can also privately signal recruiters letting them know that you’re interested in new job opportunities. It allows you to specify the types of companies and roles you are most interested in and be easily discovered by the hundreds of thousands of recruiters looking to find exceptional professional talent.
4. Network, Network, Network
Take the time to grow your network, as this will help you find a new role. In fact, according to LinkedIn data, 70% of professionals were hired at a company where they had a mutual connection and candidates that were referred by an employee were 8 times more likely to get hired.
Add colleagues, friends, family and companies you want to work for – this will make you visible to your contacts’ connections too. Don’t be scared to send them an InMail (LinkedIn’s direct email/messaging system) and ask them for advice or even help.
As well as this, take the time to attend networking events within your industry or the industry you would love to work in. You never know who you’re going to meet.
5. Find the right jobs
Utilise the ‘Jobs’ tab on your LinkedIn profile to find job listings suitable to you, within your industry or the market that you want to move into. It’s easy to set specific job search parameters so you’re recommended roles at companies that you have a desire to work for.
January brings a big surge in new role postings, so now is a great time to see if there is something that is right for you...
You should now have a rough idea of roles and companies that you want to go for– so take the plunge and start applying!
6. Be persistent
During your application process, there will, unfortunately, be times that you’ll get rejections.  Remember to stay as positive as possible and that persistence is key!
Apply for different companies and chase your application to make sure it’s in the hands of the right people. As well as using the jobs tab, try to find the direct person to get your CV into the hands of and chase it. Keep checking in to see if they’ve had a look at your application yet. Demonstrating a degree of tenacity at the job search stage will help you once you get through to the interview process.
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