'A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, or the reforming of habit. A key element to a New Year's resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings.'
As we count down the last few weeks of 2012 and look forward to sunshine, holidays and special times with family and friends, we also need to reflect on 2012 and what we, wish to achieve in 2013.
We need to take a step back and review the highs and lows of this year, assessing how our strategies and methods worked in relation to achieving our monthly targets, as well as producing client satisfaction. This is the perfect time to set your 2013 New Year's resolutions and professional goals, in order to get ahead of the pack and come back with a clear vision of what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it.
Says Cassandra Wingrove, IT Recruitment Consultant for the Recruitgroup: "During December there are fewer vacancies available. People are unwilling to forgo their December bonuses for a new position, managers don't have the time to deal with writing up job specs and scheduling interviews or decision makers of companies go on leave making it almost impossible to get decisions made. "
However, the first three weeks of January are known as the "The Golden Window of Recruitment" which is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for recruiters, as many well-qualified professional candidates come to the realisation that, after a time of reflection with family and friends, they are unhappy in their current positions. Some even make it a New Year's resolution to find a new job, and in doing so, the market is flooded with great vacancies. January is also the best time to approach companies as they have new recruitment budgets and need to urgently fill vacancies due to resignations or growth.
As a successful career-seeker, you need to use a proactive approach and get your act together in early December by researching the markets for possible vacancies, as well as starting to make contact with recruitment companies. If you want to harness more options, launch your job searching initiative on the 1st of January 2013.
So now the question is, what are your New Year's Resolutions and what New Beginnings will 2013 bring for you?
When planning your resolutions and goals for the New Year it is important to keep in mind the skills you have gained over 2012 and build on these. It is also very important to set manageable resolutions so that they don't just become another gym contract that is never used.
A 30-day goal challenge has also become a popular method used by recruiters, but can be used by anyone in both their professional as well as personal life. These goals seem more achievable as they only run for 30 days rather than the daunting thought of it stretching over the next year. These challenges can be made up of pretty much anything: getting to work half an hour earlier, increasing your monthly target, doing more cold calls, setting up more meetings with clients or just focusing on bring only positive energy to work each day. By achieving these short term goals it will boost your self-esteem and self confidence, helping you to become a more positive, powerful person in 2013!
In order to be well prepared to for 2013 it is important to take a look at the predictions for the market place as well as upcoming trends in the industry. Says Cassandra: "Many recruiters believe that 2013 will in fact be the year of social media, as more companies will be geared towards this. It has been said that there will be an increase towards Facebook becoming more of a viable channel of recruitment but job seekers may still be reluctant to use this, due to privacy issues. LinkedIn however, will still dominate as a means of recruitment but there is a danger that in the future it will be overrun by Recruiters and scare business away." The REC medium predicts that the recruitment Industry will see an annual growth of 4.7 percent in 2013, which is great for both recruiters and job seekers.
In conclusion, new beginnings bring with them new challenges and exciting opportunities, says Cassandra, "so I challenge each one of you to set yourself a New Year's resolution that sets you apart from your competitors and gives you a head start in 2013." Good luck!
Cassandra Wingrove was a finalist in the Consultant of the Year category in the annual CareerJunction Awards 2012.
Cassandra Wingrove - IT Recruitment Consultant Recruit IT Solutions - a division of The Recruitgroup 58 Thembi Place Calderwood Road Lonehill 011 465 3360
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