With the new year upon us, now is a great time to reflect on the triumphs of 2013, and set goals to make 2014 even better. OakTree Software has enjoyed a productive 2013 helping IT professionals transition into their next career move, and 2014 is slated to be another great year full of opportunity. Where do you want the new year to take you? What are your career goals as you grow in your profession? If you have been considering a new career move, or maybe thinking about transitioning into a new area of focus, our team is here to help you determine where you want to go on your career path, and find you opportunities that will help you reach new levels of success in the years to come. Need some inspiration to prepare yourself for what 2014 has to offer? Here are some quick career tips to get you in the right mindset for a fresh year full of possibility:
Job searching? Keep it confidential.
Many career professionals look for their next career move while still employed, which is a great way to transition smoothly without a large gap in employment. However, using your current office’s resources to conduct your job search could land you in hot water, so be sure to take time to search while away from your office using your own personal resources and materials. If you are putting your resume online, be sure to use contact information that does not utilize work resources like office email or a work cell phone.
Don’t forget to keep track of your accomplishments and milestones as you reach them.
Many times, recruiters and hiring managers will want to hear about your accomplishments at previous jobs to get a sense of the value you could add to a new team. However, many times when we look back to our past accomplishments, it can be hard to remember all of them without logging them as they happen. Take a few extra minutes to log your accomplishments when they happen. Write down which job responsibility the accomplishment relates to, then write briefly about the work you did to reach the milestone, and how it impacted the company or team in a positive way. As you prepare to refresh your resume for a new opportunity, you’ll have a great list of “greatest hits” you can draw from to showcase your abilities and impress interviewers.
Take action sooner than later.
Many applicants for great job opportunities don’t realize that, even in December and January with the holidays happening, companies have continued the hiring process to get staffed for projects that are slated to start in the new year. Don’t wait to submit your resume if you see a great opportunity or know a recruiter can aid you in finding a great career move. Often the interviewing process may take some time, but the longer a candidate waits, the more likely it is that earlier applicants have already interviewed given hiring managers enough candidates to draw their staff from. Even if you’re on the fence, speaking to a recruiter about your possibilities can get the ball rolling and give you a better perspective on your job search.
Ready for 2014? We are! If you have questions about your next career move, contact the OakTree Software team today. Wishing you and your families a wonderful 2014 full of continued success, health and happiness!
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