Hands up if you have ever made a New Year resolution that involved finding a new job? Or told yourself that you would get serious about looking for a change of career once Christmas was over? Lots of us do and this is why January is one of the top job hunting periods of the year. But this year, rather than bouncing from one moderately interesting job to another, why not take a step back and see what you really want to do then begin working towards that goal.
Getting your dream job
Let’s say you have a dream job but there are things standing in the way of you have a serious chance of getting it. Start by looking how to improve your prospects of getting the job you want. This might involve doing some charity work that is in the same area as the career you want. This helps you get skills and experience that will make you a better candidate while also helping the charity with whatever they require.
Think about how you market yourself and look at what an employer might be seeking for your dream job. Might it be that charity or voluntary experience? Might it be a certain qualification that you can look into getting in the new year? Maybe you just need to boost your self-confidence and work with a coach to do this, making you a more confident person to go for that interview.
But what about if you don’t know what your dream job is? What if you are going through the motions but aren’t quite sure what direction you want to head into? Then why not spend some time on job advice websites looking at the kind of roles that are out there. You might realise that you always had a passion for cooking and are really good at baking cakes and other sweet treats so working as a pastry chef would be perfect.
Once you have ideas about what your dream job might be, you can start looking at what you need to do to get there. It might be short or long term retraining or it might be considering a starter position that will lead to your eventual goal. Creating a career path with a series of steps in it to get you where you want to go is a worthwhile task and gives you things to aim for.
Simply looking for a change
Sometimes you just want a change and feel the need to work somewhere different. I know that not everyone has a dream job or an ideal career and there’s nothing wrong with that. If January is the time to start looking for a change of pace, then review the best job hunting tips to remind yourself what works best for your industry and how you can put your best self forward for a new role.
Whether looking for a new role, a new career or chasing your dream job, I wish you the best of luck going forward and would love to hear how you get on!