The Easter break is a good time to be job hunting. With two bank holidays back to back, it gives you more time to plan your next career move.
Here are 4 eggs of wisdom on the best ways to make the most of the holiday and get ahead on the job hunt.
If you don’t set goals, how will you be able to see what a productive weekend you’ve had? Think about what you’ve been doing so far- what has been working? – What hasn’t? Let this shape your goals for the weekend.
Aiming to have an interview lined up by Tuesday isn’t realistic – employees are enjoying the weekend too. A good goal might be to have applied for four jobs by the end of the Easter break.
Everyone works differently and you might already have a busy weekend ahead, so the key is to set goals in which you know you can realistically achieve.
You might have your eyes set on what you think is your new perfect job; however, always keep your options open. There are many roles which have similar functions but different titles.
If you have been applying to the same type of roles but not had any success, it’s time to change tactics and go back to the basics. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and how you can match these to a job that will be just right for you.
For example, if you’re a good speaker with experience in managing projects or people, you could consider account manager roles. If you’re more of a number person with a maths degree and some admin experience, a career as a data analysis might be ideal for you.
The other benefit of Easter is that all jobs are guaranteed to be kept up over the weekend. This gives you a chance to put an application together. Take some time to scroll through job descriptions, picking out the requirements, assessing how you match up.
So you have found a job that you are interested in, don’t send a generic CV! Employees will be swamped with applications so you’ll want to make sure yours stands out.
The key is that your CV matches what they are looking for. Employers want to see what you’ve done and the outcome of it.
Remember, they want people who will drive their business forward.
If there are skills that you need for a job but don’t have, it’s never too late to learn it. Nothing shows more interest in a subject better than learning more in your own time.
Easter breaks will no doubt be an entire weekend of being asked how the job hunting went.
Instead of diving in head first, into even more applications, take some time to step back from all things job-related.
Everyone needs time to relax to find a better frame of mind to hit the ground running.
Sometimes, all you need is a weekend spent gorging on Easter Eggs to get a fresh perspective.