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Top five tips for new year job hunt

With the jobs market remaining competitive, it is becoming increasingly important for jobseekers to know how to market themselves as highly sought-after talent, especially in a finance role, says Morgan McKinley’s William Hepworth.

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William Hepworth

January 2018

Here are five tips to help you change jobs in 2018:

Be prepared

Reflect on your existing skills and experience. This is an appropriate time to ask yourself whether you have developed enough in your current position to find a new one.

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Improve your search engine optimisation (SEO)

Ensure your personal brand is appropriate for your job search. A good place to start is typing your name into Google and seeing what comes up. Take a closer look at your LinkedIn profile and any additional social media accounts such as Facebook.

A key tip to boost your online presence is to identify keywords which link to your industry: for instance, accounting, finance, budgeting, financial planning/reporting, auditing and payroll. Incorporate them into your profile descriptions to improve your visibility on search engines.

Know your long-term career goals

Have a clear vision for your long-term career. To achieve this, focus on what you enjoy, the type of work you find rewarding and try to understand what drives your motivation. Be sure to make the decision to move based on more than the simple desire for a higher salary.

Always network

Be sure to continuously talk to people about your long-term goals because you never know what conversations you will spark and where they might lead. It is important to be prepared for such occasions; keep some business cards handy and be prepared to talk about your background, as well as the direction in which you want to take your career.

Keep your search to yourself

Protect the security of your current job, so keep your career search quiet. Searching for a job while you are currently employed is both time consuming and risky. The most important thing is to have a new job lined up before handing in your notice to your boss.

William Hepworth is a manager at recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley

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