New Year. New Opportunities. New Job.


Many people look to the start of a new year as the prime time to seek new employment. The first quarter is a strong hiring period across all industries. When it comes to finding the right job opportunity, timing isn’t everything, but it certainly helps to have on your side. According to the career site, Dice, a record 78% of hiring managers anticipate more hiring in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of 2015.

Why now?

During the first quarter, businesses ramp up their hiring efforts in order to meet the objectives and targets for the year. Budgets and initiatives have been set, resulting in an influx of hiring activity.

It’s the candidate’s game to win during a strong hiring period. When demand for talent outweighs the supply of candidates, job seekers have a better chance to improve their status with more responsibility and/or higher pay (Monster). With hiring on the upswing, what steps can you take right now to land your new job?

Promote, Educate, Differentiate

The shift to mobile and social recruiting is affecting both the candidate and hiring/talent manager perspective. Both sides will have to adapt to these changes if they want to stay competitive in the marketplace. What does this mean? Promote yourself, get in front of the right people, and don’t be afraid to do so!

A job seeker’s resume and LinkedIn profile needs to be polished and ready for any set of eyes, at any time. According to Hays, LinkedIn is the most powerful and effective professional social network, and offers job seekers and employers the strongest access. That’s not to say Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc. aren’t powerful social tools as well, and should also be considered as networking tools. Connect, follow, and interact with target employers, industry leaders, and influencers to stay up-to-date on happenings and what’s going on in the local business community.

Nowadays, most business introductions are happening over email. Reach out to people in your network to help facilitate introductions to professionals in your industry and at your target employers. Talk to them. Pick their brain. Get an inside perspective of the day to day activities at the company. If you want to beat out your competition, you’ll want to know the ins and out of the company, in addition to the industry/market trends.

With the start of the New Year, it’s your time to take control of your career. Don’t be another face in the crowd or another resume on a desk; distinguish your personal brand and the package you offer to future employers. It’s not just about your qualifications anymore; it’s about how you sell yourself. Use networking and technologies to make sure you present yourself in the best light as a prospective employee. Take the time during your job search to do both a self and market assessment to fully maximize your search efforts and relay your value to future employers.


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