Spring is here and that means so is the Easter! Usually this is a period you would spend with your family around the table, eating haring and maybe have a little snaps, but the Easter also serves as a good time to go hunt for other thing then eggs – maybe a new job?
Instead of stuffing your stomach with food, you have the chance to stuff your life with the next existing job opportunity. Hence, we think it’s a good time to share our four Easter eggs of career advice.
1. Have clear goals
Reflect on what you’ve been doing so far: what has worked and what hasn’t? Let this be the foundation of your goals this weekend. While it’s not realistic to aim for a job interview next week, since these days a lot of employers have temporarily closed their doors, it could be a good target to have at least some applications open by the end of the official Easter break. But since everyone works differently, the key is to set realistic goals for yourself.
2. Identify opportunities
You might have the ideal job in mind, but it’s always good to keep your options open. There are many roles with similar functions, but with a different name. If you’ve been applying to the same type of roles unsuccessfully, you should change tactics and go back to basics. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and how you can match them to a job that will be just right for you.
Take enough time to scroll through job descriptions, identifying the requirements and how you match up to them.
3. Polish your CV
You’ve found a job, or more than one, you want to apply for? Great. But whatever you do, don’t send a general CV to every company. Keep in mind that after Easter break, a lot of employers will be swamped with applications and that it might take them longer to sort everything out due to the circumstances, so you’ll have to stand out.
Always try to match your CV to what they’re asking for. It sounds obvious, but sometimes things don’t have to be complicated.
Remember, employers want people who are going to help drive their business forward. So feel free to add relevant expertise and some results you’ve seen there. If you’re a graduate and can’t give specific examples, don’t panic. Instead give examples of a skill you used at university, the outcome of using it and how it peaked your interest in the area.
In case they ask for a skill you don’t have, don’t despair. It’s never too late to learn. And what’s a better time than Easter break? Nothing shows your interest in a subject more than you taking the initiative to learn.
4. Take a step back
Don’t lose yourself in applications and job searching all weekend. Don’t feel guilty if you want to take some time to step back from everything that’s job related. Everyone needs time to find their focus and you should give yourself the opportunity to prepare for the next steps after Easter break.
Instead of diving head first into even more applications, take some time to step back from all things job related. Everyone needs time to refocus and you’ll find you’re in a much better frame of mind to hit the ground running come Tuesday.