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What’s your dream job?

So Christmas is over, the New Year is here and you don’t really have any direction in your career path. Maybe you’re stuck in a job you don’t really like or you’re looking for a promotion or more opportunities in your current job?

The New Year is the perfect time to set new job goals! Here are our tips on giving your career or job prospects a New Year boost.

1. Do your research

What are you passionate about? Confucius says ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’. Look at job trends and employment demand for the careers you are interested in. Can you combine a passion with an in-demand skill or industry that’s going places? Hot trends for 2016 are in the fields of finance, life sciences and healthcare, human resources and digital marketing.

2. Get qualified

Getting a qualification is the perfect stepping stone to get that dream job you’ve always wanted. The courses a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offer can be pathways to further study and can open up a world of opportunities. If you’re going to undertake training make sure it’s the right training. Choose a training provider or RTO that suits your requirements and above all, is reputable. See our past blog 5 Steps to Choosing an RTO for tips on what to look for. Most industries will have prerequisite qualifications for entry or those that they value more than others. Make sure you choose a course that an employer will regard positively.

3. CV overhaul

Make sure your resume is up to date and lists relevant skills and qualifications. Some useful resume tips include:

Targeting. The more targeted a resume is, the greater your chances of getting that interview. Employers want to know exactly what you can do for their company. Tailor each resume to the job you are applying for (it only takes a few sentences to do this). Remove any irrelevant information.

Be consistent. Ensure your resume is logical and easy to read. Be consistent with everything, such as the spacing, margins and borders. Emphasise important points with basic text enhancements such as boldness, italics or underlining.

Don’t use fancy fonts, pictures and bright colours! Always remember that the ability to quickly scan your resume is key.

All of the above may get you noticed…but for the wrong reasons. Remember, you only have about 30 seconds, so don’t make the viewer spend 20 of them figuring out how to read your resume.

4. Sell yourself Get online.

Get yourself a LinkedIn profile if you don’t already have one and make valuable connections with colleagues, industry discussion groups and thought leaders. Comment, like and engage in conversations and posts to elevate your profile. If you already have a LinkedIn profile consider your engagement strategy.

5. Be persistent

Don’t be discouraged on the first knock back. Resilience and persistence pays off. Stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, set some goals and get qualified. Start taking the steps today, and who knows where you could be next year!