With a little over a month of 2012 remaining now could be a good time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in 2013. The New Year offers a fresh start and the opportunity to get your career moving in the right direction. Furthermore, the recruitment cycle for many firms will re-start at the beginning of 2013 so preparing now could give you a head-start when new jobs get advertised.
Below are Go Zambia Jobs top 5 job seeking tips for 2013:
1. Review 2012
In life there are always lessons to be learnt – so what did you learn in 2012? Was there an area of your work or study that you particularly enjoyed or disliked? Did you acquire any new skills or professional qualifications? If you were unemployed during 2012 are there aspects of your job seeking approach that you could change in order to give you a better chance of finding employment in 2013?
2. Refresh Your Resume
Make sure that you update your resume to include any experience, skills, professional qualifications and/or memberships that you have obtained in 2012.
If you have changed jobs in 2012 update your resume to include information on your current role and responsibilities. You may also want to reduce the amount of space devoted to less recent employment in your resume.
If you have struggled to find employment using your current resume consider seeking help from friends, family or professionals.
3. Set SMART Goals for 2013 (and beyond)
How SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound) are your goals for 2013 (and beyond)?
Research has indicated that SMART goals are related to improved performance.
So whether you are looking to get on to the jobs ladder or more up the jobs ladder setting SMART goals can improve your chances of success.
4. Experience is Vital
In a jobs market that appears to be getting more and more competitive work experience is vital. In order to stand out from the crowd experience is required and it is never too early to start acquiring experience – it is surprising how often part-time, unpaid or voluntary work can be the difference between being hired or being just another applicant. Try to seek out opportunities to gain experience wherever possible.
5. Be the Best
Whatever you do in 2013, try and do it to the best of your ability. By doing so, you are more likely to be recognised by key decision makers.
You may want to consider actively seeking out work or assignments that will directly improve your resume. If you are really ambitious you could consider offering to take some of the responsibilities of the position just above you – this could make you a more obvious choice for promotion in the future.
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