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The new year is a time for new beginnings, and many people start thinking about making a change in their careers. If you’re one of those people, or if you’re struggling to find your first job, this handy guide will help you get started.

Make a plan

It is important to know what your priorities are. Decide what matters most to you, such as salary, location, hours, type of role, career progression, transport links, etc. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to find a job that meets your needs and will make the search less stressful.

Update your CV

Your CV is your first impression to potential employers, so make sure it’s up-to-date and tailored to each position you apply for. Just like a well-dressed outfit, a tailored CV highlights your most relevant skills and experience, showcasing your value to the company. Use strong words to describe your accomplishments such as “achieved”, “managed” “exceeded” to paint a picture of your capabilities.

Target your job search

Don’t just apply for every job you see. Take some time to research the companies and tailor your application and CV to the role. Use your priority list to target the jobs that are right for you. Use filters on job sites to hone your search so you don’t waste time sifting through jobs that don’t meet your needs.

Make a good impression

Once you’ve narrowed down your job search to a few promising opportunities, it’s time to tailor your applications to each position. Avoid generic applications that could apply to any job. Instead, personalise your cover letter to each company. Demonstrate your understanding of their business and how your contributions can add value to their organisation.

Practice the interview

The interview is your chance to shine and convince the hiring manager that you’re the best person for the job. Practice your interviewing skills by answering common interview questions out loud. Dress professionally and arrive on time for your interviews. The first impression sets the tone for the entire interview and shows your commitment to the role.

Follow up

After your interview, be sure to send a thank-you message to the hiring manager. This shows that you’re interested in the position and demonstrates that you’re a professional candidate.

Be patient

Job searching can take time, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the first job you apply for. Keep applying for positions, networking with people, and developing your skills. Your dream job is out there – just keep looking!

Keep in mind…

Stay positive and motivated. A positive attitude will help you stay focused on your goals.

Be open to new opportunities. You may not find your dream job right away, but be open to other opportunities that could help you advance your career.

Don’t give up. Job searching can be tough, but don’t give up on your dreams. Keep putting yourself out there and eventually you’ll land your dream job.


Embrace the journey, learn from setbacks, and never lose sight of your goals. The path to success may not always be smooth, but with determination and perseverance, you can achieve your dream job.