January is an incredibly busy time for companies looking to hire, and on the candidates’ side, the ‘new year new me’ mantra is still going strong. As a result, many of us are keen to find our new dream job 2019! In order to prepare for this new year job rush, it’s a great idea to use the Christmas period to get ahead of the game.
Christmas is, of course, a time for winding down and having some well-deserved time off but the holidays are also an ideal opportunity for doing a bit of job hunting, drafting applications and practising your interview technique, all of which will increase your chances of securing a great job in the new year!
Sending off applications
Here at TalentPool, we advise against actually sending any applications off over the Christmas period (17th December – 2nd January), as it’s possible that they’ll get lost in the depths of someone’s email inbox and won’t be found by the time the new year comes around! Instead, you’re better off shortlisting positions and jobs that you’re keen to apply for and drafting up your applications so they’re all ready to go in January.
Updating your CV
A big part of this preparation should also be updating your CV, this includes updating the layout and appearance of your CV, as well as making your most recent job the centre of attention. We also highly recommend that you try and include specific examples of your achievements in previous roles and, if possible, have some stats to go alongside these. This is particularly important because, on average, an employer spends no longer than 10 seconds looking at a CV initially, so it’s crucial to get the right message across quickly! We have plenty more great tips here on how to go about refreshing your CV in order ensure that it’s as up to date and relevant as possible – this will massively increase your chances of being offered an interview.
Perfecting your interview technique
The festive period is also an ideal time to practise and perfect your interview technique! Most of us spend a lot of time with family and friends over Christmas and New Year, so ask them to help you out with some mock interviews – I’m sure grandparents will be more than happy to lend a hand! Although every interview will be slightly different, perfecting a good technique and practising commonly asked questions will help you avoid being caught off guard and can also be a great way to help reduce nerves. A few of our top interview tips include:
- Thoroughly research the company beforehand (and whoever is interviewing you if you know this information in advance)
- Prepare a few questions of your own to ask the interviwer
- Always bring a notebook and a copy of your CV
For more interview advice check out our handbook!
Finally, the new year, as we all know, is a great time for making resolutions and setting goals! Have a go at making a note of any job-specific deadlines or targets that you’re keen to hit in January. This is a great way to maintain motivation and increase the likelihood of securing a new role!
TalentPool’s Top tips for job hunting in 2019
- 🌟Apply to roles quickly
- 🌟Update your CV each time you apply to a role
- 🌟Tailor your application to each individual role
- 🌟Never use the same cover letter twice
- 🌟Keep an eye on your emails and respond fast!