How jobseekers can tie up loose ends and reset for the new year
21 December 2020 at 8:27 am
We share some tips on how to wrap up your job search for the year and make a fresh start in 2021
As we head into the last few weeks of the year, most workplaces are winding down and tying up loose ends, and it should be no different for job seekers.
Job seeking is a tricky business at the best of time, and the many challenges of 2020 made it even more so, so it’s important to take the time to sort through your priorities and plan ahead for a successful 2021.
We asked Lois Freeke from NGO Recruitment for some tips.
Reconnect with your network
A strong network is a critical part of job hunting, and so before the year is out, reach out to them for one last drink, or even send them a card to thank them.
This will not only help keep you front of mind for work opportunities in 2021, but will let them know how much you’ve appreciated their time, advice, and connections over the past year.
“We know that referrals are the number one way to get a job,” Freeke says.
“So spending the time to thank them [your network] for their help as well as reminding them subtly that you’re still looking for work is an important thing to do before the end of the year.”
Set smart goals
Deciding on small and smart goals will help set you up for success in the new year. Freeke’s advice is to align these goals to how your personal and professional priorities might have changed, as well as how the world of work has shifted.
“Look at how your job search direction has changed over the last 12 months – you might have had to pivot because your job was made obsolete – or think about the skills you need in this new world of work such as remote management and agility and resilience,” she says.
Reflect on your accomplishments
It’s been hard to keep track of time this year, let alone accomplishments. But sitting down and reflecting on everything you have done is a really big part of wrapping up the year. It will also help gather your thoughts when you jump back in in 2021.
“Take the time to think about what you’ve actually accomplished during the year, even if it’s not work related,” Freeke says.
“Did you do voluntary work? What were you able to accomplish during COVID?”