New year, new job – or so you would hope. Do you feel the winds of change urging you to make a fresh start in your career next year, but need a little nudge in the form of new years resolution ideas?
The new year is a time for change, both on a personal and professional level. Here's our top five new years resolution ideas to kick-start your career with a bang in 2019:
1. Be creative in your job applications
This tip can apply even at the very beginning of your application process. One great example of how creativity played an instrumental role in enabling a candidate to land their dream job, is the story of Sumukh Mehta, a 21-year-old from Bengaluru who was hired by GQ magazine's London headquarters without an interview, simply because he designed his CV to look like the cover of a Men’s magazine. In addition, research shows that two thirds of UK employers say that a creative workforce is key to generating strong business results.
2. Give your LinkedIn a makeover as part of your new years resolution
It's safe to say that every company worth its salt in the 20th century is now using LinkedIn, both to identify talent and communicate with prospective employees. Research also shows that investing just nine minutes per day on LinkedIn is enough time for individuals to start reaping the benefits in their career. Take a look at your profile and ensure you put your best foot forward - showcasing your passions and attributes in the summery whilst highlighting your experience, skills and achievements in your work history sections. Remember that demonstratable achievements are sure to turn heads.
3. Invest in continuous learning
According to a Learning Survey by Niace, the adult learning organisation, there's a strong correlation between learning and sustained employment. Individuals who undertake learning activities better equipped to adapt to the changing requirements of an organisation and gain a competitive edge in the job market. Individuals who demonstrate that they're conscientious about their personal development are likely to be seen as highly motivated and engaged. Their openness to learning also suggests they're flexible, adaptable and will bring a continuous improvement ethos to the workplace – all of which is appealing to an employer. Another recent study shows that employees were more likely to receive a salary increase after completing a skills development course.
4. Your professional new years resolutions should have a strong focus on networking
There is so much more to networking then going to fancy lunches or breakfast seminars and only hanging out with the people who give you attention. Be on the lookout for key individuals who could help to further your career. Ensure that you dress to impress, and do not be afraid to ask questions. There is no shame in showcasing your knowledge, expertise and passion for your industry, so utilise your gift of the gab to get people listening to what you have to say. This will ultimately increase your chances of an employer recruiting you to the job you want.
5. Take initiative in your job search
Instead of complaining about how you’ve filled out ten online application forms and have yet to receive a call back, be proactive! Pick up the phone, call a recruitment consultant and keep chasing up leads to land your dream job. If you know you’re going to be interviewed by a particular employer or consultant, add them to your Linkedin network and get in touch straight away. If you have a portfolio showcasing your track record and experience in your industry, do not be afraid to use it!
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