Are You Looking For A New Job During The Holidays?
It’s the end of the year and things are winding down before the festive season kicks in. If you are thinking of looking for a new role, you may be tempted to wait until after Christmas and New Year to really start your search for that perfect opportunity.
However, you could be doing the same thing as a large number of potential applicants who are biding their time, so it’s important to do what you can during the holidays to improve your chances of finding that new job for 2017. Here are the top tips for finding your new construction / engineering job over the holiday season:
Get A Feel For The Job Market
The festive period is a great time to take stock of what jobs are out there and which companies are looking to hire early in the new year. Take a good look at the array of job boards on the Internet and find out what kinds of jobs are being recruited for at the moment. Knowing what skills companies are looking for will help you in the coming steps.
Tidy Up Your CV
This is one of the easiest tasks you can do over the festive period as it takes no interaction with others and you can take your time in really fine tuning and updating your CV to best show your skills and experience. Armed with the knowledge of what companies are looking for in the previous tip, you can look to incorporate these skills into the CV if you have them.
This version of your CV can be sent to recruiters, but remember that when applying for specific jobs or sending speculative CVs to companies always tailor your CV to the opportunity.
Take an Online Course
You may have found that looking at current vacancies has highlighted some gaps in your skillset or experience. This may be on-the-job experience or something that can be taught. If possible, try and find an online course to take to improve this skill. For example, if you do not have much experience with CAD, take a course on this. When it comes to interview stage, you can then show that you had a gap in your skillset, but are self aware and care about your development. These are attributes that are highly sought after by employers.
Shortlist Companies You Would Like To Work For
When you have a bit of time on your hands between Christmas and New Year, it might be a good idea to research the types of companies you might want to work for. Take things like company culture, current projects and training and development into consideration. Deciding which companies you want to target will make your job search a lot more targeted and streamlined.
Work With A Recruiter
A good recruiter will always find time for candidates and clients. Our consultants have fantastic relationships with our clients and are there to present the best candidates to them, no matter the time of year. Obviously some clients may be unavailable over the festive period, but recruiters can manage the process for you, manage expectations and take the legwork out of your search.
If possible, be as flexible as you can for interviews whether that be on the phone or in person. Sometimes being the quickest will give you the best chance of securing a new job during the holidays.
Leverage Your Network
Catching up with former colleagues, managers and friends by wishing them a Merry Christmas, could be a gateway into a conversation about looking for a new job. Word of mouth can be extremely powerful when it comes to securing a new role, so this is worthwhile doing.
These tips will really help to improve your chances of securing a great new construction / engineering job over the festive period. If you have any questions on these tips, please leave a comment or get in contact on 01252 413 080. Above all, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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