New Year – Time for a fresh start!

Written by Emma Weeber: Legal Professional Consultant – empire legal

The New Year can be the start of many exciting things and it’s getting to that time of year when we look back on what we have achieved this year, and where we want to be this time next year. Personally and professionally it’s a time of re-evaluation. If a new position is one of your goals for 2017 give yourself time – it can take a while to find the ‘right’ job especially in the tight legal market. fireworks_ew

Here’s how to nail it in 2017…

  • Sharpen up your resume – Add detail but not too much detail! This is a perfect way to really think about your career plan and figure out what you want to do. Make that first page stand out!
  • Register and meet with a recruitment agency – Find someone who you think really ‘gets you’ and understands what you want to do, avoid those that want to get you a quick fix. Find a couple you like and stick with them.
  • Network network network – You’ll be surprised who you have within your own contacts list!
  • Clean up your social media profile – Remove the Cup Day pictures or the like…
  • Apply for jobs!
  • Prepare and practice for interviews – This is a skill and it does take practice! Remember your skills, strengths and past successes.
  • Don’t expect to be successful every time, learn from the last one! Knock backs hurt but don’t give up.
  • When you get that big offer stop and think – Will this job take my career in the right direction? Will it challenge me enough? What does my future look like with this firm? Is the salary suitable?

Many of the larger firms like to be organised prior to the Christmas break, largely because their headcount, strategy and wider firm plans for the New Year are all set in place. We are currently noticing that a lot of our clients are starting the process of getting their recruitment processes tied up in time for this. Others will recruit through December and into January so there is often a number of new positions that become available in the New Year.

Whether you end up moving onto a new position or not, the New Year remains an ideal time to reflect on your current situation and how you can move forward next year!