How To Find A New Job In The New Year

Many people wait until the new year to search for a new job. January is one of the most opportune times to seek a new job. The start of a new year universally promotes a feeling of promise and new beginnings, as people establish and try to live up to their New Year’s resolutions. People promise themselves that they will lose weight, stop smoking or drinking, dedicate themselves to a healthier mindset and get a new job. Now that 2023 is here, you don’t have any excuses and need to get started on the job hunt.

Searching for a new job takes time and energy. Think deeply about what you want to do next. You will need to do homework to see how hot or cold the job market is for your specific type of career. Update your CV and LinkedIn profile, start speaking with people in your network to gather job leads, find headhunters that specialize in your space, create a pitch and put together a daily action plan to achieve your goal.

Talk with colleagues, family, friends and former colleagues to gain valuable insights. Read about the type of job you’re going after and how easy or hard it will be to find a new opportunity. Set aside a sufficient amount of time every day for your job search.


Update your Linkedin Profile

LinkedIn will be your primary platform to network and get noticed as a white collar professional. Create or update your linkedin profile and CV, which could be added to your account. Your LinkedIn profile should reflect your most current job and go back about 10 years with others roles listed. The recent job should be a focus, as that is what recruiters and hiring managers are interested in. They’ll also look at your career trajectory to see if you’ve grown professionally or remained static. Make sure to add your university and advanced degrees, accreditation, certifications and licenses required for your field as well as any volunteering.

You can have one generalist CV, but then specifically tailor you CV for each job you apply for to ensure that it addresses the specific needs outlined in the job description. In addition to internal recruiters looking at your CV, it will also be included in the company’s applicant tracking system.


Networking on Linkedin

Actively engage on linkedin to get noticed. Set a list of target companies. When you see employees of the organisation in the same type of role as you, send out invitations to connect with a polite greeting letting them know you’d be interested to work there. If an online conversation ensues, be bold and ask if they could point you to the right person who is involved with the hiring process for the role you want.

If someone within your profession posts content on the social media platform, reply with a like and add a well-thought-out comment. Once you get confident, start writing your own posts or share videos you’ve made about a relevant topic about your profession that will resonate with others in your field.

When you apply for a job, search for people you may know who work there. If you’re unfamiliar with anyone at the firm, tap into your network, both online and in person, to see if anyone you know has a connection with a decision-maker at the company. If they are nice enough to go to bat for you, politely ask them to put in a good word for you and offer a glowing recommendation. The recommendation will make you stand out. If you can obtain a couple of people supporting your candidacy, especially an insider, they’ll think you are a superstar.


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Credit: Jack Kelly, Forbes – Adapted by IC 7/1/23.