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Happy New Year! Now that 2020 is upon us, people all over the world will be thinking about ways to change themselves and their lives for the better over the next 12 months.

However, those vows of self-improvement don't need to be restricted to the usual suspects: weight loss, quitting smoking, seeing the world. New year's resolutions can be just as important (and beneficial) in the workplace too. Take a look at these new year resolution ideas for work and see for yourself.

 

Workplace Goals for the New Year

To help you better yourself, enhance your professional development and increase your chances of scaling the career ladder, here are a handful of handy goals and achievable aspirations you can set yourself to ensure your success in the year to come.

 

Learn a New Skill

A critical component for continued development and workplace progression, learning new skills over the course of your professional journey can be your entryway to a better role.

Whatever you do for your profession, there are likely to be a myriad of new skills you can explore to help better your existing abilities and benefit your current role.

What's more, learning a new skill can also provide you with increased confidence which, in turn, can help lead to new opportunities.

Meanwhile, the fresh challenges can also provide your current job with a shot in the arm in terms of variety and provide a welcome change from the norm.

 

Gain a Qualification

Much like the last section, gaining a qualification can have a big impact on your value within a company and increase your standing amongst your peers dramatically.

Offering multiple skills makes you more valuable to your superiors and not only secures your position within the company even further but can also put you in line for a promotion.

While professional qualifications do typically cost money to attain, they can be well worth the investment and pay for themselves in spades down the line.

What's more, continuing your education as your career progresses shows other potential employers that you are still eager to learn and strive to be your very best.

Meanwhile, adding further qualifications to your existing skillset can improve your worth notably and open up financial opportunities both within your current employment and elsewhere.

 

Revamp Your CV

Keeping your CV up to date with key information is a task that very few of us do anywhere near as much as we should, especially those in long-term employment.

However, staying on top of your resume periodically is a great way to ensure you don't miss out important areas of information, such as key responsibilities, new qualifications and notable achievements.

Leaving your CV unattended for any length of time, it can be all too easy to neglect to include a training course or you've certificate attained along the way, particularly if you haven't applied for a job in some time.

Meanwhile, in addition to the information held within the document, the layout and presentation of your resume can also have a huge impact on your success rate, should you decide to apply for a job down the line.

Give your CV a facelift and play around with the layout to help give your CV a look that fits today's recruitment preferences and includes accurate, up-to-date info to provide substance to go with the style.

 

Get Connected

By the very definition of the word, networking is a great way to meet people and expand your professional circle outside of your immediate employment.

Connections made through networking events can prove pivotal down the line, with the ability to forge and strengthen business relationships, broker deals and even provide job opportunities.

Meanwhile, networking events are also a great way to keep on top of your industry and stay abreast of all the latest happenings within your professional sphere, along with who the key players and influential figures may be.

What's more, continued company and individual presence at industry networking events can help to establish both you and your company as key players within your field.

Conversely, non-attendance can have the opposite effect and leave you behind in the rat race, playing catch-up.

 

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While conventional methods of job application are the widely accepted norm for job hunters nationwide, neglecting the alternatives could be hindering your job search dramatically.

Outside of the standard application route, there are myriad of unconventional ways to find a job, ranging from the weird and wonderful to the risky and daring.

Straddling that dark horse somewhere in the middle, we’ve created this unique list of creative ways to find a job to help you stand out from the crowd.

 

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Creative Ways to Get a Job

When it comes to the bland world of job applications, variety is very much the spice of life. So, brush those of bland CVs, dull cover letters and generic applications aside and take heed of these quirky and unconventional ways to find a job.

 

Start Over

One of the best ways to ensure your new CV and cover letter are as relevant and up-to-date as possible is to rip up your old version and start over.

While your professional history may not have changed since you last applied for a job, employment trends likely have, including layout and look as well as content.

As the old saying goes, you can’t move forward while your looking back, so let go of the pre-existing resume and march on with the new and improved version of you.

 

Be Creative

Speaking of cover letters, put yourself in the shoes of the employer when it comes to penning your application.

Reams of candidates listing their professional experiences in dry, matter of fact, business-speak is enough to put a glass eye to sleep. While it’s important to include key achievements, there’s no law preventing you from injecting a bit of life into your writing.

If you’re claiming to be an “outside-the-box thinker”, throw an anecdote or a witty quip in there to prove it. Originality is engaging and memorable, two attributes that could well secure you a place at interview.

 

Go Old-School

The world has never been as digitally-focused as it is today, with more focus on online activity than ever before.

For many businesses, the hiring process takes place exclusively online, whether it’s through recruitment sites, email or online application forms. What better way to stand out than to take the road less travelled?

A printed CV accompanied by a hand-written cover letter is the perfect way to break away from the pack, stand up and be counted. Simply post your hard copy application to the relevant person/department.

 

Show Personality

Much like creative engagement in a cover letter is a great way of allowing your personality to shine through a piece of A4, showing that same personality at interview can be the difference between a fleeting farewell and a hiring handshake.

By the time you reach the interview stage, the talent pool will have been whittled down from the many to the few with little separating the field of competition in terms of skills.

A sure-fire way to distinguish yourself from Candidate A, B and C is to drop the interview façade and be yourself. After all, if you are successful, it’s only a matter of time before they find out the real you anyway.

Likeable, funny and genuine candidates that pass the personality test are far more likely to be deemed a good fit for the team than an uptight and reserved applicant who plays the cards close to the chest.

 

For more unconventional ways to find a job, why not call HRS today and speak with one of our trained advisors? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or alternatively get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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The recruitment process can be a long road from A to B, presenting a cast of applicants that often spreads into the hundreds, particularly for large, reputable companies.

As such, many businesses – big and small – will turn to recruitment agencies for help.

Recruitment companies essentially act as the middle man between the employer and the candidate, tasked with finding the right candidate for the role.

If you’re thinking of using a recruitment agency in your job search, it could be the smart choice. Here are five great reasons to use a recruitment agency to find a job.

 

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Exclusive Jobs

Recruitment agencies commonly get the nod from businesses over traditional in-house recruitment methods as they will pre-sift the CVs, leaving the cream of the crop for interview.

As a result, recruitment agencies often have advance access to jobs that are yet to become publicly available via traditional job boards. Recruitment agencies can also have access to exclusive jobs that are completely unavailable elsewhere.

What's more, it’s not unusual for businesses to close a job ad early if they find the right candidate, so getting in early can be a big difference-maker.

 

Guidance & Support

Job hunting can be a frustrating experience, particularly when applications aren’t producing responses and you seemingly aren’t making any headway in your employment search.

Having a designated recruitment agent assigned to fight your corner can be a great form of support in your quest for employment, acting as a coach as well as a means to an end.

A personal contact capable of pointing you in the right direction and providing employer insight can be invaluable, particularly when it comes to tailoring applications.

 

Incentivised Performance

As a general industry rule, recruitment agencies won’t get paid by the recruiter until the vacancy has been filled.

As such, it’s in their best interest to help you get the job you apply for and prepare you for interview as best they can, should you make the final cut.

That being said, this can backfire in that the recruitment process can, at times, turn into a sale with the onus on simply getting you employed rather than getting you the job that suits.

Nevertheless, if you are more concerned with getting any job as opposed to getting the job, this won’t be an issue.

 

Industry Expertise

Recruitment agencies can often be industry-specific, with jobs targeted at a specific job sector or specialism (such as science).

Approaching such an agency can be a smart move as those that work there will naturally come equipped with existing knowledge of the industry and therefore detailed knowledge of the roles.

This can translate into clarity of what is expected and informed insight into the company which, in turn, gives you the upper hand in the application process.

This expertise can be a great trump card when it comes to role-specific tips, such as specifics to include on your CV and things to mention at interview.

 

Constructive Feedback

Feedback is imperative when it comes to improving performance and something that is often lacking during the recruitment process.

Employers are busy people and interview feedback is not guaranteed. Meanwhile, feedback on an application is virtually non-existent.

Conversely, recruitments agencies can provide a helpful report of your output, letting you know what worked and what didn’t in order to help you improve for next time.

Whether that’s advice on switching up your CV to tailor it to a role or providing you with interview insights and notes from the interviewers.

 

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University graduate

Despite what parents, teachers and the internet may have you believe, a six-figure job rarely awaits the moment you are handed your graduation scroll.

While some university leavers may have employment already lined up by the time they throw their mortarboard in the air on graduation day, it's fair to say that those people are in the minority.

As a result, it's not uncommon for graduates to find themselves with no job after graduation. In fact, a large number of graduates find leaving university to be a bit of culture shock.

If you’re struggling to find a job after university, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a whole host of tips on how to get a job after university.

 

How to Get a Job After University

Job hunting can be difficult at the best of times, let alone when you’re fresh out of university with a bare CV that’s lacking in the work experience department.

While the process can be laborious and disheartening, finding a job is far from an impossibility.

Keep these points in mind during your post-uni quest for employment to help you through the rough terrain and get you to the promised land in one piece.

 

Means to an End

Anyone that’s ever been on the hunt for their ideal job will be able to tell you that it’s a lot easier to get a job when you have job.

A jobless job search can translate to desperation, which can add pressure and stress that can hinder your performance at interview.

Conversely, the safety net of having a job already while you look for something more suitable can be invaluable in terms of mentally and financially.

Don’t be afraid to take a stop-gap role to help stabilise your finances while you search for your ideal job.

 

Be Social-Savvy

Social media rules the world in the 21st century. From pregnancy announcements to mealtime photoshoots, very few aspects of life go by undetected and uncelebrated online. Unsurprisingly, this trend can also relate to job hunting.

Platforms like LinkedIn are the perfect shop window for your online CV, presenting yourself in a professional manner to potential employers. Meanwhile, it’s also a great way of networking and getting your name out there within your chosen industry.

According to a 2018 survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 70% of employers use social networking sites to pre-screen candidates during the hiring process. While this can be encouraging from a LinkedIn standpoint, it’s worth noting that this also extends to other platforms as well.

Ensure your social media profiles are presentable and the relevant privacy settings have been set to help maintain the integrity of your personal brand. If your FB profile shows you downing a yard of ale in Magaluf, it may be time to switch it up.

 

Is a Masters All That Masterful?

Those that are unsure what to do with their lives post-uni may find themselves pursuing a master’s degree out of indecision and uncertainty.

However, while it may seem easier to go with the flow and top-up your existing degree with a relevant post-grad qualification, attaining a master’s degree often does little to boost your chances of employment.

From an employer’s perspective, a standard uni graduate with a year of work under their belt is typically a more attractive proposition than an MA graduate with no real-world experience.

A typical master’s degree in the UK takes a year of full-time study to complete. That year could be put to better use gaining industry experience or learning additional skills in pursuit of employability.

 

Work Experience

A common stumbling block for graduates is that, while they may be a proven commodity in the world of academia, the practical application of their skills in a real-life working setting is often unproven.

This poses quite the paradoxical quandary for candidates fresh out of university: you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. Or can you?

Graduates that suffer from a lack of experience can gain valuable on-the-job training through unpaid work placement and volunteering.

While this will naturally be financially unrewarding by their very definition, the gamble can pay off massively, resulting in relevant, first-hand job experience.

Meanwhile, there’s always the possibility that your work ethic and effort may be recognised during your unpaid stint, potentially leading to a paid role at the end of it.

 

Stay Positive

While the average time to get a job after graduation can vary wildly between industries as well as location, it’s worth remembering that if you are struggling to find a job after university, you’re not alone.

In fact, according to TotalJobs.com, nearly 40% of graduates are still hunting for jobs six months after leaving university.

Competition and financial climate can play a big hand in your fate as well, which can also change dramatically from one year to the next.

Try to stay positive and channel your energy into your job search and applications. You could even make the most of the free time by gaining additional transferable skills.

While rejections and unresponsive employers are undeniably frustrating, persistence will pay off in time. Remember, good things come to those who wait…

 

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