Why now is the perfect time to focus on your career
Embrace the new year ahead by setting new career goalsIt’s that time of the year again when we leave the previous year behind and set new goals for the year ahead, whether that be a January detox, taking up a new sport or searching for a new job! Now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your career prospects and not even set a yearly goal, but longer-term goals to reach throughout the next few years. Maybe you are feeling restless in your current job and want a new challenge or believe you can perform your job better within a different company to enhance your experience and even your finances. Perhaps you are looking for a complete change of career to pursue that lifelong dream you’ve always wanted to achieve – why not!However big or small your goals may be, Stafffinders are here to help! Believe us, we understand the struggle of commencing the dreaded job search, that’s why working with our team can make the process stress-free, less time consuming and extremely rewarding. Our team of dedicated consultants specialise in a broad variety of divisions from technology and office support, to hospitality and industrial.Why is the New Year the best time to look for a new job?This is the time of year that the majority of us have a positive mindset, wave of determination and the desire to improve our lives in some sort of way. You may be thinking that the competition for jobs would be at its peak with many other individuals having the same new year’s resolution. But don’t fret, a study by YouGov identified that the top 3 new year’s resolutions are improving fitness, losing weight and starting a diet, with surprisingly only 11% with a goal to pursuing a career progression, leaving a gap for determined job searchers to jump in and become noticed.Just like you, employers also enter a clearer mindset in the new year and are eager to find fresh talent to enhance their own business goals and initiatives. Even though you may not think companies would be spending time in January looking for new talent, they are more likely to scan over CV’s to see what’s out there. Business Careers also believe this is the ‘prime time’ for job seekers to get out there and get noticed, so what are you waiting for?What can you do to help achieve your dream job?The process of achieving a goal can be quite daunting and not something that happens overnight, so what key steps can you take to successfully accomplish your overall objective? GET ORGANISEDThe festive season is sadly over, and you’ve probably slipped into some bad habits, adopted a different sleeping pattern and feel generally unproductive - don’t worry we’ve all been there! Now’s the time to snap out of these habits and get your life back on track. Start getting up at a reasonable time and dedicate time to making a day-to-day plan of what you would like to achieve, whether that be focusing on revamping your CV or adapting your LinkedIn. Being organised is key to securing a new role, especially if you are currently working and job searching out with your work hours, so write a daily to-do-list, note your progress and remember that all of your hard work will pay off.FOCUS ON YOURSELFSpending time focusing on the job hunt is important, but don’t forget about the most important thing – you! Job searching can be time-consuming, draining and usually feel like you aren’t achieving the goals you set out to. It's essential to make time for yourself – go out a walk or even read a book to refuel. Whatever you find relieves you best of the stress that can come with looking for a job, do it! This will not only re-charge your batteries, but also ensure that your physical and mental wellbeing are at the forefront of your priorities, which will in turn improve the quality of your work when you re-start your search.THINK POSITIVELYAs simple as it sounds, we understand that thinking positively can be difficult, especially if you are not hearing back from employers or can’t find the right job for you. It is easy to fall into a negative state of mind. If you are experiencing a rough day on the job hunt don’t suffer in silence, talk to a family member or friend to take the weight off of your shoulders – a problem shared is a problem halved! Remaining optimistic and determined through tough times is also a key trait that employers appreciate, so stay positive and don’t give up on your goal.The team at Stafffinders understand how challenging it can be looking for a new job, particularly in the New Year as our ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra begins to wear off and our resolutions start to dwindle away around us. Working with Stafffinders can make your job hunt feel a lot less lonely! We cover a wide range of sectors offering full time, part-time, temporary and permanent positions, meaning there’s something for everyone. To help you with your job search in the New Year (or any time of year!), contact our team of dedicated consultants to achieve your 2022 goals!