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New Year, New Job in Brighton? Here Are Our Top Tips

New Year is a great time for setting important goals for the future.

While the date is quite arbitrary, many people decide this moment is the time to change things up, especially once all the Yuletide festivities are finally over.

If you have been thinking about changing job or finding a new career direction, this is the perfect opportunity to give yourself some impetus. Here are top tips to ensure you are successful.

 

1. Do Your Prep After Boxing Day

The days between the end of Christmas and the start of New Year celebrations are a dead area for most of us. We’re generally sitting around, eating the rest of the turkey or that vegan nut roast and pigging out watching TV.

You could use these quiet days a little more productively, however. This is the perfect time to start getting your career plan together so that you are ready to spring into action at the beginning of January. Don’t waste it!

 

2. Be Clear About Why You Want in a New Job

Do you really know what job you are looking for? Most of us operate under the mistaken premise that the grass is greener on the other side. This isn’t always true.

Before you do anything, create a list of what you like and don’t like about your current job or employer. It may be that you don’t want to move at all but would like to improve your career prospects. Then make a list of what you are looking for in an ideal world.

This is all about clarifying what you really, really want. The more difficult job, of course, is figuring out how you get there.

 

3. Develop a Grade A Plan

Goal setting is key to any successful project and the next stage is to put together something that delivers on your expectations but is also achievable. Goals help to break your career plan down it bite sized chunks – easily achievable things that you can use to get you from A to B and also boost your confidence while doing so.

Set yourself a clear objective and a set of easy to achieve tasks once you reach the New Year. The key here is to keep the impetus going and not to loose steam. You don’t want to find yourself still in the same situation six months from now.

 

4. Review Your CV and LinkedIn Profile

If it’s been a while since you looked at either of these, one of your first goals is going to be to update everything that you have about your career and work life. This is a good time to take a look at things from a potential employers point of view.

  • Is what you have written down likely to excite them?
  • Are your current qualifications and experience going to lead you in the right direction?
  • Do you need to widen your network on LinkedIn or other social media to improve your chances of finding a great job?
  • Are there qualifications you can achieve that will improve your job chances.

Much will depend on you as an individual but it’s worth getting your CV spruced up and ready for action before anything else. At least then, you are prepared.

 

5. Joining a Recruitment Agency in Brighton and Hove

The next big trick is finding out where the jobs in Brighton and Hove are. If you are looking for work in a specific area, you might want to find a specialist recruitment service. There are plenty to be found online. Do your homework and sign up for job agencies that have a strong posts listing in your particular area. Go for quality rather than quantity.

 

6. Keep the Momentum Up

Finally, one of the key things that happens is people lose their momentum a few weeks or even a few months after New Year. It’s important to maintain the pace and stay focused on the prize, even if you have a few false starts at the beginning. Your new job is out there somewhere and your persistence will eventually pay off. 

 

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