Is finding a new job on your New Year’s resolution list?

You’re not alone – a recent survey from CareerBuilder found that more than one in five (22 per cent) of  workers plan to change jobs in 2017. This is similar to last year (21 per cent), indicating that job mobility continues to remain high.

With the right tactics, such as knowing how to write a great CV, it’s easy to start the year on a high with a new job. Here are some ways you can boost your chances of job search success.

1. Get networking

You’ve heard the saying – it’s not what you know, but who you know. The bigger the pool of contacts you have in your industry, the more job opportunities you’ll have access to.

Make a real effort this year to branch out from the comfort of your existing network to connect with people from across the industry. This doesn’t just have to be in-person at events and conferences – it’s easier than ever now to connect and build relationships with people online. Which leads on to the next point…

2. Be smart on social media

Once you’ve finished uploading your holiday snaps on Facebook and Instagram, it’s time to turn to the other great use of social media – finding work!

If you know the sorts of companies you’d like to work for, follow their social pages for news of any job openings. Now’s also a good time to review your LinkedIn profile to make sure it’s relevant, up-to-date, and in sync with your CV.

3. Refresh your CV

Since it’s your most powerful job search tool, it makes sense to review your CV at the start of the year.

Make sure it accurately reflects your current work situation and includes any new skills and achievements of note. Also look for anything you can cut out – are there any jobs from high school or hobbies that don’t need to be on there?

4. Reconnect with key contacts

The start of a new year is a good time to check in with key people in your network. Your past employers may have jobs they are looking to fill, and recruiters will let you know if they have any new roles in your field.

You should also get in touch with your references to let them know you’re job hunting, so they’re prepared when a hiring manager contacts them.

5. Pick up new skills

If you have some extra time on your hands, learning new skills can help you stand out even more from the competition.

Whatever field you work in, there’s likely to be a free or cheap online class than can boost your skills. Sites like Udemy and Lynda offer a huge catalogue of classes covering a wide range of areas, from public speaking and business writing to photography.

You can find more specific ones as well – HubSpot Academy is great for digital marketers (you can get certified at the end of their free course), while Codecademy teaches a range of different coding languages.

Keep these tips in mind to revamp your career in 2017 and make a head start to your job hunt.

– John

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