New Year, New Job?

New Year, New Job?

Firstly, Happy New Year! Despite some brilliant highs we think we can speak for most when saying we won’t be sad to see the back of 2021 and start a new year with a fresh outlook. (Not just your emails!)

There can be heaps of pressure to create new goals, set New Year’s Resolutions, and challenge ourselves to do better than our previous 2021 selves. But sometimes it’s easier to lower the expectation and take one small step at a time, whether you want to start saving money, shift the Christmas calories, move homes or even get a new job.

Though we can’t help you with your personal goals, we can help you with your career goals by securing your next job, and we’re predicting that 2022 is the year where many people change careers and grab new opportunities. You’ve probably seen ‘The Great Resignation’ trending for a few months and we think this is a result of the ongoing pandemic, with people realising that health and happiness comes first - before any job.

We posted a recent Poll on Digital Gurus’ LinkedIn where we asked, ‘Are you planning on looking for a new job in 2022?' Nearly 2,300 people voted and we weren’t surprised by the results. 64% said they would like a new start in 2022 and 23% said they aren’t actively looking but would consider changing jobs for the right opportunity. Only 13% however, said they are happy in their current role.

Your list of everything you want to achieve in 2022 may seem overwhelming right now, so if ‘getting a new job’ is top, here’s how we would tackle that one:

1. Start updating your CV. This may seem like a tedious task, but once it’s done, you can start applying for roles and get the ball rolling.

2. Update your LinkedIn Profile. Your LinkedIn Page is pretty much a modern-day CV so it’s absolutely worth putting the time in to get it up to speed. Here’s a few things that you can do to make your profile more appealing to recruiters:

  • Set your profile to ‘Open to - Finding a new job' this is a private feature that only recruiters will see.
  • Update your skills section and fill out your current job description as much as you can, use keywords and industry key terms to attract the right people.
  • Ask your ex-employers/current co-workers to endorse you on your skillset and write recommendations for you. This will let recruiters get more information from others on how you work and whether you’d be a good fit to the culture of the new team.
  • Contact recruiters directly. Ask to register your CV and information so if any jobs come up, they can contact you first.

4. Draft a cover letter template. There are hundreds of cover letters available online - it’s a good idea to adapt the letter for every role you apply for so getting a basic template will help you achieve this more efficiently.

5. Update/create a portfolio of your work. This may not be essential for the type of role you’re applying for, but it will definitely support your application if you’re within the creative industry. There are websites you can use to create a profile of your best work; you’ll then be able to post out the URL on your LinkedIn page and send to recruiters. Employers will be more visually inspired from looking at your work and will get an idea  of what you can bring to the table.

Finally…

Follow Digital Gurus on LinkedIn for new roles in Tech and Creative industries, DG Health for roles in HealthTech and HealthCare, and Infinite Talent for roles in Supply Chain and Logistics.

If you’re lucky enough to be asked for an interview, congrats! You’ll smash it. You may find it beneficial to take a look at our guide to video interviews.

We hope that 2022 is brilliant for all, have a great year!

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