New Year, New Job?
A new year always brings about the motivation to start afresh. For some this may be resolutions like getting more active or setting out a plan for the year. You may also have a larger goal like starting the year with a brand new job. January and February can always be an exciting time to be getting active in the job market, with a lot of companies setting out a plan for new hires in Q1, with fresh budgets and initiatives.
The start of the year is also when a lot of employees tend to be on the lookout for a new job. So what are you waiting for? There are a few things you should keep in mind to kick-start your job hunt and get ahead of the game.
Make sure your CV is up to date
A very important step when you are on the lookout for a new job is making sure your CV is up to date! You never know when you may get a call from a recruiter and companies may be looking for new starters with a sense of urgency. Make one of your resolutions to update your resume to be sure you are ready to submit your CV at the touch of a button. Also consider whether you have tailored your CV to the region. By this I mean take steps such ensuring your UAE contact details are displayed if applicable, adding a professional photo, and have a clear chronological order to the experience you are writing out.
Remember that you don’t have to take on the task of looking for a new job all alone. Reach out to friends or family to see if they know of anyone hiring, as you never know where networking will lead you. Old colleagues and bosses are also great to reach out to, as they can also double as a reference to give you an added boost. Its also of course important to consider the impact a recruitment agency can have on your job search, especially in this region.
Keep up the momentum and motivation!
January can be a time where you dedicate a couple of hours every evening to your job search and really take initiative, only for this to slowly dwindle away like most new years’ resolutions. Make sure your momentum lasts longer than a month! It may help to pencil in an hour at the end of each week that you dedicate to job applications, instead of burning out in the first couple of weeks. Stay positive, not everything you apply for will be a success and that's okay. Each interview you land is valuable experience you can learn from and build on for the next opportunity.
You can be well on your way to your dream career move by staying proactive and keeping up your motivation. Get in touch with our recruitment team to learn more about the roles we have on offer and how our consultant can help you with your search.