New Year – New Start! Tips For Changing Jobs In 2017

If you are feeling fed up or unhappy with your current job, the New year is a good time to start looking for alternative employment. It may be the case that you have not developed your career in years and want to progress for the future, you are seeking a better salary or you don’t like the company you currently work for. Here are some top tips for changing your job in 2017.

Revamp your CV

If you haven’t updated your CV for a while, this is a good time to do it. Your CV will be the deciding factor on whether you get called for an interview or not, so it is important that it makes an impact. Although it is time consuming and can seem like a lot of hassle, it is important to tailor your CV for each role you are applying for and you can do this by looking at the skills required on the job description. Many recruiters use technology these days to screen CVs, so it is important to use keywords which are relevant to the job description. For example, if you are applying for engineering jobs, you want to be specific about your experience. Engineering is a vast field, so make sure you specify the type of engineering you have expertise in, for instance ‘Mechanical Engineering’ or ‘Electrical engineering.’

Be pro-active

These days, the job market is highly competitive, so it is important to be as pro-active as possible with your search. It is good to check job sites regularly, but there are many other options available, including registering with a Recruitment Agency, attending networking events and contacting companies directly. The more avenues you use in your job search, the greater your chances of securing a brand new role for the new year!

Speak up!

If you are happy with the company you work for but you want to progress, don’t be afraid to let this be known. Many employers will be happy for you to stay in your current job, as it saves them the time and hassle of recruiting to fill your shoes, but this isn’t to say they won’t consider you for other opportunities. If you want to move on, tell your manager and ask if there is any possibility for advancing your career in the organisation. When you have this knowledge, you will be in a better position to decide whether to stay or leave.

Update your skills

If you want to progress your career but don’t yet have the skills, take action to obtain these. For example, if you are working as a CAD technician but want to move into an engineering role, you will probably need a specific degree. If this is your ultimate career goal, don’t waste time being unhappy, the new year is a great time to start to focus on your development. Take time to decide what you want to do and how you can achieve this and, most importantly, take action now!