Five tips for finding a new job

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The beginning of a new year always proves to be a popular time for people to start looking for a new job. If you’re thinking it’s time to move on from your current role, career or even industry, there are a few points worth considering…

1. Work out why your current job makes you unhappy
If returning to work after the festive season left you feeling unmotivated, rather than raring to go, then it could be time to move on. Most of us get the holiday blues at the end of the festive season, but if this feeling persists and the thought of being in your job for another year fills you with dread, then it may be time to consider your options.

2. Do your research
When it comes to job hunting, knowledge is power! Even doing something as straight forward as writing a list of things you want (or don’t want) can help focus your search.

3. Ask for help
If you are thinking of moving to a new industry, it can be worth connecting with people who will provide you with insights and knowledge into that industry – this could clarify the best course of action to take and in turn the right career path.

4. Focus on quality, not quantity
The coming of a new year may have given you the kick-start you need to find a new job. But before you over-zealously start applying for jobs, do not forget the importance of a clean, well-edited application and CV. If possible, tailor your CV for each role that you apply for.

5. Take your time
Once you have decided you want to leave, the often long process of finding a new job – and the rejection that comes with it – can be demoralising! It can take months for find the right role that fits what you are looking for, so don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t come instantly. Finding the perfect role is a marathon, not a sprint!

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