The beginning of a new year can often make us reassess our choices and set new goals, particularly when it comes to our career.
2020 is especially significant as it marks the beginning of a brand new decade, so why not take the plunge and find yourself that dream role!
However sourcing and achieving your dream job is sometimes not as easy as it seems. You may also feel a little out of practice or overwhelmed by the process, so we suggest a five-step strategy that will help you stay on-track and ahead of the game.
Take a look below.
- Be clear on what it is you want.
With the start of a new decade, think to yourself: what do I want this year? It might be that you need more flexibility, a higher salary or simply a new challenge to take on, but the main thing is to be clear and honest. It may be worth taking the time to write a list of goals you’d like to achieve or things you’d like to gain before even starting the job-hunt, which will prevent time being wasted on applying for unsuitable roles.
- Get your CV recruiter ready.
Your CV needs to work just as hard as you do, after all, in many cases it’s one of the only windows employers have into your skillset and experience. Consider the situation from an employer’s point of view: what would they want to see? It is important not to be generic, so tailoring your CV to each posting will improve your chances of matching the candidate criteria of the jobs you are applying for. You can read our tips on CV writing for scientific jobs here.
- Create your online presence and network.
Professional networking sites like LinkedIn have become immensely popular with recruiters worldwide – with 90% regularly using the platform. A profile that portrays who you are, what you have achieved and what you can offer in the most positive way possible will make you more appealing to employers. Personalise your profile (you could even upload some of your best work), connect with all the relevant people and then use this network to push yourself in the right direction. Remember to keep it professional, your profile should only consist of elements you want an employer to see.