The New Year is often the best time to dust of that CV and make a start on those resolutions. Getting a new job is frequently high up on the priority list for a lot of employees which is no surprise considering that 60% of British workers will consider looking for a new job in 2017 (according to the Evening Telegraph).

Following the Christmas break employees return to work feeling deflated with the thought of going back to the grind. After spending lots of time with friends and family they have had time to reflect on their current job and what they want to achieve in their career.

There’s a reason why January is the most active month for job seekers! But how do you stand out from the crowd when everyone and their dog are looking for a job?

Create a plan of action

As the saying goes ‘fail to plan, then plan to fail’ – never has there been a truer word said about your job search. No matter what industry you are applying in, January is going to be competitive for any role. Make sure that you put a plan of action together to keep you organised, track the vacancies that you have applied for and treat your job search like a job.

Don’t make companies pay

By going straight to the client you are showing you are interested in them directly (and haven’t just applied for every job on a generic job board). If you can find the clients careers site, this will also give you a better insight into what it is like to work for the company. Also, by avoiding agencies this will mean that the client won’t need pay a placement fee.

Make it personal

Spend some time selecting the roles that you feel that you are well suited for (that doesn’t mean that Rocket Science role that you’re not qualified for – unless you are!). Now you have a dedicated shortlist of roles, make it personal. Create a covering letter or custom application for each of the roles that you apply for, be sure to double check the spelling and think of your target audience and what has been written within the job description.

Keep up to date

The early bird gets the worm. Make sure that you keep up to date with all the vacancies that interest you, sign up for email alerts with job boards and recruitment providers so that you are the first to know about the latest vacancies that match your criteria.

Network with professionals within your industry and keep up to date with your LinkedIn network – you don’t know who might know about a role that could be perfect for you. Get the inside scoop and ask them to recommend you for the role.

Make use of technology

Gone are the days of checking your local newspaper for the latest job listings. Now recruitment has a much more online prominence it is a lot easier to utilise technology to do a lot of the legwork. If you are unsure of a career path or thinking of changing your role, then it is worth taking a look at the Job profiles on the National Careers Services website. The page will provide you with further information about the role that you are planning on working towards.

For candidates that are sure of their next role there are a wide range of apps available such as  Indeed, Reed and LinkedIn which can make your job search on the go a lot simpler; if you have a few spare minutes on your daily commute.

Candidates will also be able to take advantage of the new Blue Octopus website which goes live later this month (watch this space!) Users will also be able to pin point their location and filter the results on a set distance radius. There is also the function to save jobs that interest you by selecting the star icon next to the vacancy then emailing the shortlist, to apply for the roles when you are back home.

If you can think of any other ways to supercharge your job search in 2017, then feel free to comment below.

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