January and February are the busiest months out of the year for job search. Because of this, these winter months are an excellent time to make a career move. Are you happy with your current position? Is there a career change you have been wishing to make? Here are some helpful tips from Oggi on how to get ready for a new career in the new year.
Know Your Goals
Knowing the industry, company, and position you are applying for helps you prepare for success. Just like anything else, interviews go better with preparation. Find out as much as you can about how the company you are applying for operates, their recent accomplishments, and how they treat their employees. Going into application and interviews equipped with this knowledge will help you decide if the fit is right for you.
Refresh Your Resume
Update your resume to ensure that there aren’t any large employment gaps, and that your most recent and relevant experience is most visible. Asking a colleague, friend or recruiter to review and comment on the document can help you create a more polished resume. Two heads are better than one!
With job duties and industries changing, adding new proficiencies will help you stay relevant. Regardless of your position, ‘upskilling’ is a good way to become a valuable candidate in the job market. From online courses to shadowing and volunteer positions, upskilling has never been easier. This isn’t just for technical skills: look into improving soft skills through training or online programs; and relevant transferable skills like time management, team coordination or budget management.
No matter how wide of a net you cast, engaging with your contacts to learn about the job market will help you create the best pool of opportunity. Leveraging your network to expand your influence can put you in front of new hiring managers. Meeting new people, doing informational interviews and getting coffee are all ways to find a new opportunity in the new year.
Get Interview Ready
The secret to nailing an interview isn’t chemistry, it’s preparation. If you want to go into a new opportunity and truly “wow” the hiring manager, thinking ahead is key. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or a family member to mock-interview you. Practice your typical S.T.A.R. questions (tell me about a time where…), but learn to break the mold in your answers. What do you offer that no one else does? Be memorable but concise. Start the new year with stellar interviews, and enjoy the feeling of having multiple job offers to begin the new decade.
No matter how prepared you are, sometimes it takes a while to find a position you are excited about. With this in mind, it is important to stay motivated in your search. Don’t let yourself get worn down, and remember that eventually, something will come along. Keep your chin up and your eyes on the prize for a new career in the new year!
At Oggi, we can help find you an opportunity and ace the interview. We are local, Twin Cities-based recruiters. With a history of making quality placements. We know where to look and what those companies are looking for, and can help you at any stage of the process. If you have any questions about who we are or how to get ready to look for your new career in the new year, contact Oggi Professional Services at 612-333-6444.