10 Point Plan to Succeed in Your Job Hunt & Progress Your Career   


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I have lost count of the number of times people have said to me over Christmas “I must give you a call in the new year as I really want to make a move next year and progress my career” Some folks follow through and call but others wait another 12 months before having that conversation again.

Most people think that all they have to do is update their CV, send it out to a few agencies, and sit back and wait for the job offers to come in. If you are serious about developing your career in 2016 here are 10 things you can do to:

  1. Set some career goals– how can you progress your career without taking some time out to think about what you want to do? Decide where you want to be in five years and work out the steps needed to get there. Speak to people who are currently doing that job and find out how they got there.
  2. Update your CV – this sounds so basic, but it is amazing how many people will say they are on the job market but do not have an up to date CV. It is vital to have a well-structured CV that is fully updated and current. We have lots of CV tips and templates on www.collinsmcnicholas.ie
  3. Take on a project at work – this may allow you to work across different offices and departments and gain exposure to other senior managers in your company. It will show your willingness to take on added responsibility, and it will be a great point to make at interviews. Taking on a project will also allow you to develop a new skillset.
  4. Find a mentor – this is something that is normally best done on an informal basis but some organisations have put in place formal mentoring programmes to help develop talent within their organisations. It is great to have an experienced professional that can offer advice on how to progress your career and deal with certain situations in the workplace.
  5. Take a course – doing a course shows your commitment to lifelong learning and personal development and is always a strong point to make at an interview. Again this will push you outside your comfort zone and may open up excellent networking opportunities for you.
  6. Update your LinkedIn profile – this should reflect your CV and there should be no discrepancies between your CV and your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you use all the functionality available within LinkedIn.
  7. Become active on LinkedIn – once your profile is complete you need to become active on LinkedIn. Join relevant groups and make comments about topics you have an interest in. LinkedIn is an excellent tool for online networking but it is important to engage with LinkedIn on at least a weekly basis. Build your network on LinkedIn – the more connections you have the more likely you are to be spotted by an employer.
  8. Network – networking is still best-done face to face. Get to industry events and use these events to build your network and meet new people. Don’t stand in the corner with the one person you already know, make sure you get to meet others. Bring plenty of business cards and make sure you follow up afterward.
  9. Research the market – look at the activity of other companies in your industry to see how your skills and experience match their strategy. Could they be organizations to target? Monitor the IDA and Enterprise Ireland websites regularly to keep up to date on companies that are setting up or expanding in Ireland.
  10. Build good relationships with a number of trusted recruiters – build relationships with a small number of professional recruiters. Meet with the recruiters in person, or at a minimum have a conversation with them over the phone. Blasting out large numbers of emails and not following up with the recruiters will not work.

Finally, set aside some time each week to review how your job search is going, check the various websites and review what is working for you. Choosing to develop your career is the best resolution you can make. Happy job hunting in 2016!!

For further information on CV, interview and job searching tips check out: www.collinsmcnicholas.ie

Niall Murray

Managing Director

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services