2022 is coming to an end and 2023 is just around the corner. This is a time of year that many of us spend on reflection. We think about the twelve months that have passed - our achievements and areas we can improve - and then we begin to think about the twelve months ahead of us. 2023 is an entirely blank canvas and we can choose to do whatever we want with it. If you’ve found that you’re beginning to enjoy your work less, you may want to think about securing a new job role. January is a good time to browse the job market and you could find that getting the process started sooner rather than later gives you an upper hand. Here are some tips that can help you to land the job of your dreams in the new year!
Know What You’re Looking For
If you’re going to find a job that ticks all of your boxes, you first need to figure out what those boxes are. Why do you want to leave your current position? What is it that you’re looking for in your new position? Do you want to earn more money? Do you want a promotion on your job title? Would you like to switch to remote working? Are you moving cities and need to find a job that’s a shorter commute? Do you want to try your hand at something completely new? Only you can know what you’re looking for in a job, but it’s a good idea to start noting down some must-haves and nice-to-haves. This will help to whittle down your job search.
Make Sure You’re Up to Date in Your Field
When we get our first job, we tend to be straight out of school or university. This means that we naturally have the most up to date knowledge and understanding of our area of expertise. Over time, once we’re in a job, we can get stuck in our own ways, or the company’s ways of doing things. If you’re considering switching companies and seeking out a new position, you need to make sure that you’re as up to date as possible with your specialist field and role. Take some time to do some research and see whether there have been any significant developments that you’ve missed. Make sure you understand the latest software relevant to your field. Learn any new techniques that may have been introduced since you last checked. These efforts will prove more than worth it.
Retrain and Requalify
Of course, you may not intend to go into the same type of role you’re already in. You might be looking for a completely different type of work. If this is the case, it’s highly likely that you’re going to have to retrain and requalify. This can be time-consuming, costly and a lot of hard work. Most people choose to start making these steps while in their current role, so that they can leave when they’re qualified and secure a new job with their newly found qualifications and knowledge. Make sure that you are committed before getting started. Seek out the courses that you need. Make sure that they are legitimate. You should also, where possible, try to find remote or part-time courses that will allow you to grow and thrive without experiencing burnout.
The newyear is a great time for fresh starts. Hopefully, some of the information above should help you to find the right position to meet your needs!