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Finding a new job in 2020 and achieving your new year's career resolutions

Finding a new job in 2020 and achieving your new year's career resolutions

A new year feels like a fresh start and that means Britons are setting new year’s resolutions to achieve. Some want to give up smoking, others want to get fit but finding a new job tops many peoples lists. 

Non-profit organisation, Investors in People, recently conducted a survey of 1200 people and found that two in three (65%) of workers surveyed admitted to not waiting to return to work after a weekend.

Year on year, there is a 10% rise in people feeling unhappy in their role. 24% of the survey were unsatisfied in their job at the turn of the year, with the same number actively seeking a new job. Meanwhile, another 32% are said to be considering looking for a new position.

The report identified three main factors contributing for seeking new employment: earning more money, not feeling valued and wanting a better work/life balance. Stress was also a key issue mentioned in the report. 77% of employees stated they were stressed at work and 64% said they were having sleep issues.

So, what do employees want? More than half (54%) say having friends at work is important to them, while a quarter admit to staying in a job because of their friendships rather than enjoyment of their work. Nearly half (47%) would even rather have a friendly workplace than a 3% pay rise.

If you are one of the many Britons searching for a new job then you can expect a few frustrating experiences. Preparation and your strategy are key to making your hunt less of a chore and gives you a better chance of finding your dream job. 

Here are some of our in-house experts’ tips for find a new career:

Figure out what you want – The more you understand what you want the more you will be able to target roles. Make a list of what is important to you, for example: money, title, location, responsibility and culture. If you can find a role that ticks all these boxes then you’ll find great satisfaction in your new job.

Research the companies you are applying to – One third of your life is spent at work and you want to make sure you’re joining a company that suits you. Glassdoor is an excellent website for finding out more about a company. It gives reviews and also types of interview questions that the company might ask. 

Tailor your CV – Your CV is the first impression and communication you make with your potential employer. You need to make sure it is relevant to the role you are applying and demonstrate how you will add value to the employer. 

Prepare a few key interview questions – All interviews are different but it’s worth preparing for a few questions that have a high probability of coming up. There is not a one size fits all answer but it allows you to become comfortable with the questions. In our experience the top interview questions are: “Tell me about yourself”, “what are your biggest weaknesses”, “why should we hire you” and “what can you do for our company that others can’t”. 

Always ask for feedback – If you didn’t get the job there is still opportunity to learn. By asking for feedback after the interview you can figure what you need to do for next time and improve your performance.

Don’t forget your value - If you feel you are made an offer that is below you then don’t be scared to turn it down. You’re offering the employer a service and one that we are sure you are very good at. If you take a agree to something that is beneath you then the likelihood is you will be on the job hunt again in the near future. 

Finally, good luck in your job search. If you want to get started right now then head over to our job page here.

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  Posted: 10/01/20