Traditionally January has been seen as a quiet time for recruitment, but at Genesis we think there’s no time like the present to start preparing for your job hunt.
It’s summertime and although many of us are back to work this week, there are still a lot of people away. For this reason, it’s often said that nothing really happens in January – but that’s not actually the case.
There are plenty of ways that you can get cracking in January. Here are some ideas:
- Apply for the jobs that are around
Look, we’d be lying if we said that the job market is thriving right now. But there are still jobs available. The IT industry never really shuts down so businesses will always have IT requirements that need to be met. And while others are away enjoying the summer holidays you could find yourself in the right place at the right time to land that dream job.
If the right job isn’t available now, there are still ways that you can put your best foot forward.
- Brush up your CV
Your CV is the first impression that you make on potential employers. It is like an advert for who you are and what you can do. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that your CV is as the best it can be.
Use this time to read and re-read your CV. Get feedback from our recruitment consultants on where you can add details to make your experience shine. It’s also worth asking a trusted friend to look over your CV – you’ll be amazed at the number of little typos that slip through the net.
- Create an elevator speech
An elevator speech is a one or two sentence pitch that summarises who you are and what you’ve got to offer – say you find yourself in an elevator with a potential employer – what would you say to impress them?
It’s a great idea to spend time on your elevator pitch now, as it will help you get clear about your key offerings. And if you do find yourself in that elevator – you’ll be ready.
- Practice your interview skills
Likewise, it’s a good idea to spend time practicing your interview skills. A good way to do this is to go through your CV and think about specific examples that demonstrate your core skill set. It’s important not to over do this – there is a difference between being prepared and being rehearsed.
- Research new developments in your field
The IT industry is constantly evolving and it’s crucial that you evolve with it. Spend time reading about the latest developments in your field so that when the job market picks up you will already be across the latest trends.
Is there a course that you’ve been putting off? Do it now. You never know, that quick on-line certification could be the difference between you and the next candidate.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s a new year and the perfect opportunity could be just around the corner.
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