Will 2020 be time for a change?

Well, it’s the start of another year and a new decade. Hopefully you’ve had some time out to relax and enjoy the sunshine but if you’re back at work, your holiday may already seem like a distant memory!

For some of us, the start of a new year means making resolutions – most of which we probably know we won’t stick to! – but if one of those is to find a new job/progress your career, what do you need to consider to make that happen?

Here are some pointers to help.

  • Think about your current role and make a list of what you enjoy and what you don’t. Then ask yourself whether it’s the job that’s making you want a change or the environment

  • If you love where you work but the job’s not satisfying, then ask yourself what’s “wrong” or “missing” and should you talk to your Manager to see if some changes can be made or perhaps there’s another opportunity in the business you could look at?

  • If you know that it’s the environment or culture that’s just not right, then think about what will be important for you in a new role i.e work/life balance, travelling distance, new challenges, career opportunities, size/culture of company, salary etc.

  • Once you’ve got your “important” list, you can start your new job search and that should include updating your LinkedIn, Seek and Trade Me profiles (or creating them if necessary) and updating your CV. Keep in mind that your CV should always be adapted to the role you’re applying for so that you clearly show the key skills and experience the company’s looking for (Interview Skills can assist with this if you haven’t updated your details for some time or want to know what to include or exclude)

  • Now start browsing job ads and look at contacting specialist recruitment agencies like ourselves, who know and understand your industry/skills/experience. If you can’t see a specific vacancy on our site that matches what you’re looking for, then please upload your details here for future opportunities. We’re keen to hear from you!

  • Find out what you’re worth in the market. A new job will hopefully mean an increase in salary, so how do you find out what you should be aiming for? Participating in salary surveys specifically related to your speciality or searching for existing statistics are good places to start. Enter your details in our Survey to get an instant indication and receive regular updates as more people participate.

  • Read as much as you can about preparing cover letters and what to expect at interviews before you apply for a job. Our sister company, Interview Skills , has lots of information on their Blog page that covers many aspects of the job search process or you can get one-on-one coaching if you need specific help.

Hopefully, with a little preparation, you’ll find your ideal next role and have a great 2020!