Christmas is almost upon us, a time when many people have a break from work, wind down, relax and take a breather.
If this applies to you, then why not use the down time for a little reflection on your career: where you are, where you want to get to and how to get there.
The Christmas break presents an opportunity for you to take stock and, if you decide that jobhunting is your next obvious step, prepare yourself for landing a new role in the New Year.
If you are an employer, the Christmas break could also be a good time to review your staffing strategy, to assess areas where you need to create roles, or to think about new ways of filling current vacancies.
At 24-7 Staffing, we particularly focus on driving, commercial, healthcare and industrial, and we know many of our clients and candidates across Wiltshire and Bristol will be using the Christmas break to do some forward planning on the job front.
Planning for a new role? Six jobhunting tips
So you’ve had some thinking time and decided you want to go ahead and look for a new role, either in your current sector or in a new area. You’re ready to start jobhunting – here’s what you need to do:
- Make sure you know what type of job you’d like. This may sound obvious, but if you don’t have a strategy you could find yourself applying for many diverse roles, without really being confident you will want the job if you land it. This doesn’t mean you need to be too narrow, though. Jobhunting can be a numbers game, with many people applying for one role, so don’t rely on applying for just one or two – apply for as many as you can, that fit your criteria.
- Approach your jobhunting methodically. Now you know what area you are looking in, this should help you avoid a scattergun approach. Keep a careful record of roles you have applied for and what stage they have reached.
- Make sure you apply for jobs that match your skills, either because you have the appropriate qualifications, or you have the right personality or attitude, or both. Clearly, if you want to become a driver then you will need your driver qualifications. If you are looking for a commercial role, previous experience may be essential. You can find out what is needed for each role by carefully reading the job spec.
- Don’t rely on a generic CV, but make it bespoke for each role you apply for. This helps to give your potential employer a much greater understanding of whether your skills and aptitude match the role you are apply for.
- You can use social media to research companies you are applying to, which will help you decide whether they are the right employer for you. Similarly, research employers’ websites to find out information which could be useful in tailoring your CV and in any subsequent job interview. Also, make sure your own social media is appealing to potential employers. Christmas could be a great time to get your LinkedIn profile up to date.
- Follow up. If you have applied for roles but not heard back, there is nothing wrong with picking up the phone to the employer or to the recruitment company dealing with the application. It shows initiative.
We mentioned the break many of us have over Christmas, but lots of people will still be working, not least many of our carers and drivers. So we just want to say thank you to them and to all the people who work over Christmas.
If you want to start jobhunting the New Year, why not check out our jobs board or get in touch with the team at 24-7 Staffing. We have hundreds of vacancies across Bristol and Wiltshire.