The workweek in 2021 has started. Do you have a clear Career Goal to improve your career in 2021? Setting up your career goals is key especially when 2020 was a tough year for most people with jobs being lost in many industries such as hospitality and travel. All of this is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is time to start fresh this year and start planning your career to ensure you improve your career in 2021.
Here are some tips on you can get set your career goals for 2021.
Searching for a better job can be difficult especially when you are currently unemployed. Maintaining motivation can be even harder, we’ve put together our top tips to minimise stress while looking for a new job.
1) Break it down
As of this week, there are over 100,000 thousands of live job adverts in Australia. But no fear, before you start your job search it is important to drill down the exact requirements for a new role to narrow down opportunities and sort vacancies into manageable ‘chunks’.
Consider your skills and experience and any keywords associated with these, as well as things like location, salary, and company. Bear in mind that many employers are operating remotely at the moment, so it’s worth considering jobs further afield too. Use search filters to sort opportunities into lists that feel more manageable so you’re not overwhelmed with too many options. In these troubled times of some industries such as travel which are yet to recover, you may want to consider a career change. check out our guide on everything you need to know about making a career change.
2) Make the most of the tools available
There are countless tools that have been created to make finding a job as easy as possible. Adzuna’s advanced search features are designed to search for specific phrases, salary limits or locations to help you find your specific requirements. If you’re looking for a work-from-home position, we have a remote filter.
3) Take a break
The work that comes with the job hunt can be intense and, if not carefully managed, can quickly lead to burnout.
As you would with any normal workload, set yourself clear parameters for searching and applying for jobs and allow yourself to have a break outside of these times.
It may sound obvious, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider going outside for some fresh air and a walk. Sometimes a change of scene can work wonders. Or perhaps try some breathing exercises or meditation to help relieve the pressure. Apps like Calm and Headspace are great places to start and can guide you through a simple meditation.
4) Know your worth
If a job hunt continues over a long period of time, don’t be disheartened. Ensure you always come back to your relevant skills and experience and remember how they make you an asset for an employer.
Don’t be tempted to settle for less, as this will only lead to issues further down the line. If you’re not sure where to begin, do some research to find average salaries in your area for the roles you’re looking for. A tool like ValueMyCV provides salary estimates based on your skills and experience, so you know your ‘market worth’ before starting your job search. This will give you a good guide to help steer your search and can help you when negotiating salaries when you get to that stage (and you will!)
5) Set realistic targets
Once you begin searching you’re bound to come across many opportunities that you could apply for, but it’s important not to try to go after all of them at once. Doing this will not only increase your stress levels and make your job hunt more exhausting but will most likely mean the quality of your applications will deteriorate. Avoid a ‘spray and pray’ attitude and ensure that any applications you do make are tailored and specific to the role. One really good application is much more likely to yield an interview than ten cookie-cutter half-hearted attempts.
Set yourself achievable targets each day and do everything you can to stick to them. These targets could be as simple as spending half an hour reviewing job sites or spending a bigger chunk of time updating your CV or submitting an application.
Whatever your targets are, review your progress every day and ask yourself whether your aims are realistic, or setting yourself up for stress before you’ve even begun.