6 ways to prepare for a new job
Posted: 15th Nov 2018
You’ve decided to make a move, so what are you waiting for? Even before you land your first interview, there are loads of things you can be doing to help you prepare for a change of jobs…
Although coming to the decision that you’re ready to change jobs is a big step, translating that decision into the reality of finding a new role with a new employer can still seem a frustratingly long way off. But to give you the reassurance that things are moving in the right direction, there are actually lots of things you can be doing – starting from now...
Talk to some recruiters
With their in-depth knowledge of your market and of recruitment trends, a good recruiter can be a gold mine of useful information, about everything from salary expectations to skills requirements to job hunting tips. Set up a few informal exploratory calls with recruiters that look like a good fit.
If you’re a top-notch candidate then a really good recruiter may offer to look after your job search exclusively. Exclusivity means you’ve got a dedicated resource working hard to find you the perfect role. You may prefer this option as it saves you having to liaise with lots of different recruitment agencies.
Set aside some daily search time
Set aside a small amount of time each day to dedicate to your new job search, and draw up a list of things you want to do every day. This will typically include looking at LinkedIn, checking key job sites, and reading the latest news from key industry publications.
Update your LinkedIn profile
Spend time ensuring your profile is up to date, complete with a recent photo and details of all your latest experience and expertise. Follow companies and connect with recruiters in sectors and industries that interest you.
Take up opportunities at your current job that will boost your appeal to a new employer
There are lots of things you can do in your current job that could also stand you in good stead in your job search. To boost your personal brand online, for example, offer to write blogs and other thought leadership content on behalf of your company. To enhance your skill set, look to take up any suitable training or development opportunities on offer. And be ready to take on new responsibilities or new areas of work that you can add to your profile.
Widen your skill set
Learning something new to add to your CV is always a good idea, particularly if you’re looking for a job that’s slightly different to what you do now, or if you’re worried about a potential gap in your skill set. There’s a wealth of online courses, tutorials and evening classes out there, much of them free. Find out what might be relevant to the job you’re looking for and start learning…
Refresh your CV
If you’ve been working in the same role for years, there’s a chance you haven’t opened your CV file too recently. Make sure to update it before applying for new jobs. Add in all your relevant experience, extra courses you’ve undertaken and other skills you might have developed recently.
While not every point above may apply to you, depending on your seniority level, industry and the kind of job you’re looking for, these points will help you find that perfect job!