4 Job Hunting Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

The sparkle of the Christmas lights and the aroma of fresh mince pies may be gone but the desire to find a job in 2019 for many is still very real.

Chances are ‘getting a job’ was also one of your New Year’s Resolutions, but this isn’t necessarily helpful with up to 80% of us giving up on our resolutions by February.

It’s not that you can’t get a new job, no no no. But it is a good idea to have some more actionable and clear New Year intentions, rather than ambitious resolutions that pile on all of the pressure without any practical outcomes.

Sound good? Good. Here’s five job hunting resolutions that you can actually keep and, most importantly, will help you get a job.

1. Set a job application target per week

While finding a job isn’t about volume, it is a good idea to increase your chances of getting a job by sending actual job applications – who knew? *rolls eyes*.

A good target is about 10 to 15 job applications a week, but you do want to make sure they are all customised and therefore need to consider how long each application will take and how much time you need to realistically meet this target.

Customising your CV and covering letter for every application will take at least 1 hour per application, not including the time it takes to search through job listings.

With this in mind set a realistic target volume of applications to suit the time you have, otherwise you risk feeling like a failure or defaulting into mass job applications that are not customised and reducing your chances of getting an interview.  

2. Create and target a list of dream employers

Brighton is a diverse city packed with some amazing potential employers, but the good news is that it isn’t as big as London. It is very possible to research and handpick employers you would like to work for and build a list of your dream employers.

As mentioned in our New Year New Career blog there are likely to be a lot of resignations on January payday, which means there will also be more job openings on the horizon. This means that now is the time to approach employers you would like to work for even if they’re not advertising for new staff yet.

If you’re not sure where to start consider what you want from your employer and find companies that fit that criteria. You can view all of the employers currently listing jobs with us here or check out this list of Brighton companies from Glassdoor, which includes reviews from current and previous employees.

When you approach them remember to customise your email, cover letter and CV. For the best results include the reason you want to work for them specifically and highlight relevant skills and experience to their business.

3. Expand your network and attend events

One of the greatest things about Brighton is the potential to tap into powerful and inspiring like-minded communities, both professionally and personally. Groups of people and individuals that could be your future colleagues, your future boss or future friendships and peers who can offer advice and support.

The larger your network in the city the more likely you will find the right job for you. Set goals on how you are going to expand your network, for example you could:

  • Connect with five relevant professionals on LinkedIn daily
  • Follow (Twitter) and connect (LinkedIn) with individuals named on job applications
  • Attend at least two networking or social events a month in Brighton

You could also reach out to friends, fellow students or call out in local community groups on Facebook to create a group of fellow job hunters once a week.

For example, someone recently put a call out in the Brighton Girl Facebook group to set up job hunting sessions to help each other prepare your CV and offer morale support.

4. Customise your CV for every single job application

90% of executives view cover letters a valuable tool for assessing job candidates, yet many job seekers treat them as an afterthought. Often job hunters start out the job hunting process with good intentions, but slowly but surely run out of patience.

This leads to mass applications with little thought and pasted cover letters, if indeed they send one at all. This way you cover more ground and the more applications, the more chances of a job right? Wrong. Recruiters and Hiring Managers can see right through this approach.

It’s not just about writing a customised cover letter. You also need to customise your CV for the role you’re applying for and make sure you have followed the application instructions carefully.

For example, some recruiters request a specific task or response to a question and others specifically request a cover letter. Employers receive hundreds and even thousands of applications, ignore the details and you are likely to be automatically excluded from the shortlist.

Make 2019 the year you nail your job search

So, dust yourself off and wade your way through the sea of Celebrations wrappers and maybe give the Bounty’s to your Mum. It’s time to get your job search on track and get yourself out there.