Job Searching Over Christmas

Job Searching Over Christmas

How to use any time off over the Christmas period to best get ready for job searching in January

Have you decided it’s to be ‘New Year, New Job’? If you have, and you are fortunate enough to have an extended break over the festive season, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for your job hunting.

Brush up your CV. Ensure that it fully demonstrates that you have the skills, experience and qualifications required for the type of roles you will be seeking. Ask yourself what your major work-based achievements have been in the last year, and ensure these appear on your CV. Also check and double check the document to ensure it doesn’t contain errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Pay attention to your social media profile. Ensure your profile on LinkedIn or a similar site is up to date and that it indicates you are available for work. Also, some employers do look at potential candidates’ profiles on social media, so try and get any potentially embarrassing comments and photos removed or ‘untagged’ from Facebook, Twitter and the like.

Think carefully about the type of role you want, and what salary you can realistically ask for.

Practise your answers to common interview questions. Common questions might include ‘Why do you want this job?’, ‘Why do you want to leave your current role?’ and ‘What are your weaknesses?’ You can also expect to be asked a number of competency-based questions, which allow you to demonstrate that you have the skills for the role you are seeking.

Consider if you need to buy an interview wardrobe. Have you got the right clothes to attend a series of interviews? The answer might be No if your current employer operates a dress down policy, or even if it simply allows you to come in wearing a reasonably smart shirt or blouse and trousers. For an interview you will almost certainly need to wear formal business dress.

Pay attention to your appearance in other areas. Polish your smartest pair of shoes and consider if you would benefit from a haircut.

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