New Year Resolutions for Your Job Search

For many of us, ‘looking for a new job’ is one of our top New Year resolutions, along with ‘going to the gym’, ‘healthy eating’ and ‘spending less’.

At Escape, we unfortunately can’t help you with your fitness programme or household budgets but we do know recruitment and we hope the information below will help you in your job search in the year ahead.

1. Nervous? Don’t keep calm…..get excited!

Many of us get nervous before interview but did you know that despite all those posters nervousadvising us to “keep calm”, research has shown that we might be better telling ourselves “I am excited”.

140 participants took part in a study at Harvard Business School where they were told to prepare and deliver a persuasive speech in front of a committee. They were then advised to recite “I am calm” or “I am excited” before delivering their presentation. The results showed that those who told themselves they were excited gave a much more persuasive speech in a relaxed manner than those who had recited the mantra to “keep calm”.

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2. Set your non-negotiables (and understand what you will be flexible on)

Not everyone is motivated by the same things when it comes to looking for a new job. It can be easy to assume everyone is looking for more money and whilst that may be true for many, there are often a wide range of factors important to us.

Think about what’s really important to you and identify your non-negotiables. This also helps you understand the other areas that you can be flexible on in order to secure what really matters to you. Discussing these factors with your Recruitment Consultant at interview will also help you understand how realistic your goals are and whether they may limit your options in the current market.

Psychology Today provides a list of suggested career non-negotiables for you to consider such as location, autonomy, opportunities for development, variety.

You can review them here: What are your career non-negotiables 

3. Mind your language!

Communication

There are times when candidates are interviewed by HR or other managers who may not fully understand some of the technical elements of your experience or jargon you may use to describe your background. In order for you to sell yourself effectively you may need to consider how best to communicate to others outside your area of expertise.

Melissa Marshall, a specialist in speaking skills, addresses this subject in her presentation “Talk nerdy to me” and although this particular video demonstrates her advice on presenting scientific and engineering ideas to a general audience, the recommendations are relevant to anyone communicating complex information to others.

Find out more: Melissa Marshall: Talk Nerdy to me

4. Know your USP (unique selling point)

For many people it’s still a highly competitive marketplace. With this in mind we recommend taking time to know what makes your application stand out. Think about your background, your strengths and achievements eg are you trained on specific machines/techniques, are you flexible and willing to relocate, do you have sought-after skills which are in demand, is your current employer recognised as an excellent trainer.

You can also look for information about what hirers may be interested in through their job descriptions and adverts, as well as working with your Recruitment Consultant to understand how to best tailor your application to specific opportunities.

5. CV vs Profile

apply with linkedinThe “apply with LinkedIn profile” button is becoming more popular on many job sites including our own but think carefully before pressing apply. There are of course benefits to this method, primarily it’s much easier and quicker to apply, especially via mobile. However does it truly allow you to make your strongest application?

Look at your LinkedIn profile and compare it to your CV then ask yourself what’s missing eg work history, current skills, achievements, equipment used, qualifications, training courses etc. You can of course update your profile to have all this information but you may not want to share all this publicly, especially if you are concerned that your current employer will think you are looking to leave.

Making the best first impression when applying for a job is crucial and whilst some hirers/recruiters may take the time to contact you to find out more, it’s very likely that many will either choose not to do that, or will simply not have the capacity to contact all applicants and will pursue other candidates with fuller application details.

 

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