So that’s it, Christmas is over and the festivities have come to a close. Time to go back to the office and back to the miserable routine. We feel ya! Whilst we cannot save you from the dark abyss that is your office today, what we can do is offer you tips on how to stay motivated in your job search and get this year off to a great start.
Right now, you hate the sound of your alarm more than ever. You have no interest in wearing formal attire (especially after piling on those extra Christmas pounds). The commute is like a special kind of hell. Then, when you get to work, well… two weeks’ worth of emails to troll through. Somebody pass the coffee!
We have compiled the following list that will help you with your job search. More importantly, it will help you to stay motivated throughout the miserable month that is January.
1. Make sure that your CV is up to date
So, you have just about made it through lunch and now you are watching the clock and counting down the minutes until you can get home, get back in the new pyjamas that Santa bought, and delve back into the last episode of Luther #sigh.
That is all well and good but why not set aside some time to update your CV? Is your current position present on the document? Have you acquired any new skills that could be added? Have you recently attended any courses that could add value? Get them on.
Just by updating your CV alone, you are preparing yourself for your job search. There is nothing more empowering than taking the first step.
Maybe you are not sure how to best update your CV for today’s employment market. Then why not consider having it drafted by a professional? A CV Writer can help you construct a CV that is in line with recruiter requirements but also one that will pass through the dreaded ATS Systems.
2. Already got LinkedIn? Great. If not, sign up now!
LinkedIn is your friend, use it wisely. According to recent statistics posted by Talent Works International, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn for sourcing and only 55% use Facebook. With so many users, LinkedIn enjoys a well-earned reputation as the most useful social networking tool for businesses and professionals.
Not only is LinkedIn a useful tool for connecting with potential employers, recruiters and useful business connections, but it also has extensive job listings which allow you to apply with your profile.
By creating and enhancing your online presence, you are better positioning yourself to be headhunted. You may also be otherwise identified for various employment opportunities that may not be present on any other job boards or even known in the open marketplace.
If you are not sure how to maximise the value of your LinkedIn Profile, again you may consider using a CV writing service. CV Writers generally come from a recruitment background and know exactly what recruiters are looking for.
If you would like to know more about LinkedIn and how it can help you, please check out our other post on using LinkedIn for your job search.
3. Complete a social media cleanse.
This one might not be as obvious as updating your CV or creating a LinkedIn profile but it is equally as important. According to a 2017 US survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 70% of recruiters check applicant’s social media profiles. Furthermore, 54% of hiring managers located damaging content that influenced their decision not to hire a candidate.
So yes, a well-written CV and presentable LinkedIn profile is great but could be a complete waste of time if you posted ‘F**k Trump’ on Facebook back in 2016.
Set some time aside to go back through your social media profiles and look at your content through the eyes of a recruiter. Would they deem any public posts as inappropriate or unprofessional? If so, then get rid.
4. Get yourself out there!
This one is pretty obvious but what do you do once your CV is up to scratch, your LinkedIn profile is rated ‘All-Star’ and your social media profiles have been cleansed? You get in touch with recruiters, upload your CV on key job sites, and start looking for suitable employment opportunities.
You might even want to set some time aside for researching interview techniques and learning new skills. Udemy has a huge selection of affordable courses and nothing feels better than expanding your skill set because knowledge is power!
5. Healthy body = healthy mind!
Last but not least, this one is probably already one of your new year’s resolutions. Joining a gym, eating well and just focusing on your general well-being can do wonders for your motivation. If you are not someone that engages in regular exercise then it can be difficult at first but even gentle exercise will release positive endorphins. These endorphins will improve your outlook and make your working day just that little bit easier. Yoga and meditation are also great for relaxation and positivity which will take some of the misery out of the same old routine.
We hope that these tips will help you to feel empowered enough to get your 2019 job search off to a good start. January doesn’t have to be miserable, in fact, it should be embraced. New starts, new opportunities, and positive change is a wonderful thing.
Perhaps you do something else that keeps you motivated during the January job search. If so, we welcome your comments below.