September is the new New Year!
If January is the right time to lose weight and get fit, then September is the time for a career move! There is something about the start of the academic year which stays with us long after our education has finished. Buying the new school uniform and pencil case might have been replaced by a new work wardrobe and resolve to be more organised, but the principle is the same – it’s a fresh start and a great time to think about your long term plan.
After the fun of the summer, September is the perfect time to get serious. The good news is that the market is picking up and there are more options around – a very different story to this time last year.
- Make a plan: it starts with thinking about the bits of your current role you enjoy, these are usually the things you are best at. It’s also just as important to note the things you don’t want in your next role. We have a propensity to look for similar roles, but if you’re going to make a change, make sure it’s for the better and not more of the same. Think about the type of organisation you want to work for and what they can offer you. The most high-profile brands are not always the best employers.
- Re-write don’t update: It’s time to update your CV and this doesn’t just mean simply adding your current role. If you haven’t updated your CV for some time, start from scratch. If you are unclear as to how best to format it, ask advice from recruiters and friends who’ve recently made a move. Be clear, concise and ensure your CV contains actual achievements rather than a list of responsibilities.
- Make time: You won’t be able to find a new role without investing time. August is a great time to begin the process, meet recruiters and start writing your CV. The office is quieter and it’s often easier to get out to meet contacts. You will need to take time off to interview. Clients can’t always meet candidates outside of hours so it’s important to be as flexible as possible.
- Set time frames: Approach your search in the same way you would a communications plan with a time frame attached. Clearly these need to be flexible, but it will help to focus your search and give you some key points to evaluate your progress.
If you are unsure about the direction you want to go in or have questions about your next move, come in to meet one of the consultants at VMA. With some time and planning you could be in the job of your dreams before the real New Year rolls around.
Happy New (Career) Year from all at VMA!
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