Fireworks, midnight kisses, and the countdown to midnight are not all that you can look forward to when welcoming the new year.

For many, the New Year symbolises change and the shedding of bad habits in order to make way for a better version of you.

Devote 2018 to your future and your career and check out these New Year’s Resolutions suggestions and a month by month planner on how you could ensure that you hone your skills and make progress in your career.

 

3 Important New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make for Your Career

January is the month of resolutions and change. It’s already a few days in the new year but if you haven’t made your resolutions yet, don’t worry.

In this article, we’ve listed some suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions you could create regarding your career.

1. I will improve my CV

Your CV is your chance to make a great first impression.

Because there are more candidates than there are jobs, the advice from many recruitment specialists is that you have to ensure that there is something about your CV that stands out and makes an impression.

How are you going to stand out from the crowd?

This year, look through your CV again and make sure that the information you put in there is relevant and remarkable.

 

2. I will ‘personalise’ my cover letters for each job I apply to

One way to demonstrate sincere interest for a job is to make sure that the cover letters you send along with your CV’s are tailor-made for a particular job.

After all, it is difficult to stand out if the letter you send is almost exactly the same as everyone else’s.

 

3. I will create and enforce a plan to getting my dream job

It is difficult to set a destination if you have no map to follow. Creating a plan to follow means that you won’t find yourself stuck in a rut because you’ll know what the next step you have to take is. So this year, resolve not only to follow your dreams but to figure out how to.

Your New Year’s Resolution will not magically come true without discipline and hard work on your part.

If you find yourself faltering, don’t get discouraged.

Remind yourself of the reasons why your resolutions are important to you, pick yourself back up, and don’t ever give up. Your dreams are just efforts away.

 

Your 2018 Month by Month Career Planner

They say that work—especially big jobs—are made easier when you divide them into little chunks.

This is not only less stressful, but would allow you divide your time to make way for other priorities you may have.

The University of Kent and InsideCareers.com have both featured career planners in their websites similar to the one we have here.

This planner is a general guide, and useful if you’re in you’re a penultimate year or final year undergraduate or a postgraduate student.

January

Being the first month of the year, January is the perfect time to set goals for yourself and create your plan for your future career.

This month, determine where you want to be at the end of the year and plan how you could get there.

Additionally, January is also the last month for the majority of graduate programme applications so this is your last chance to send out any last minute applications. Don’t miss out!

You may also be in the middle of preparing for upcoming interviews.

Note: If you’re not even getting passed the initial stages, then you may want to seek help.

What you can do:

Grad Careers Coach helps international students like you to get top graduate jobs and internships in the UK. Email your CV to hello@gradcareerscoach.com and we’ll give you free careers advice and feedback.

 

February

Get to know yourself better this month. Identify your strengths and weaknesses, skills and abilities, and your personality type by taking psychological and career assessments.

Also, if you’ve already sent out applications for graduate programmes the previous year, you should expect to hear back from employers and have interviews this month.

Continue preparing and perfecting your interview technique.

 

March-April

You could still expect interviews and calls to come in from the companies you applied for.

Check up on the applications that are still ongoing and chase employers if you still haven’t heard back from them.

For those who have decided to go down the graduate jobs path, applications would usually open from March to June.

 

May-June

Recruitment for grad jobs may still be ongoing on the months of May and June.

You should also attend the Summer Career Fair and pass around a copy of your CV to companies that you may want to work for.

Take the opportunity to ask the recruiters important questions about the qualifications that companies are seeking.

You may also be starting your summer internship so ask yourself how you can make the most of this experience.

 

July

This month, make sure that you don’t forget to update your CV and add new experiences you’ve gained as well as new knowledge, skills, and activities you may have acquired.

If you’re on a summer internship, don’t forget to ask your supervisor for ongoing feedback.

This will help when it comes to asking for a reference/recommendation at the end of your placement.

 

August

For penultimate year students, this is the perfect time to reflect.

You should really start thinking about your career options, what you’d like to do after graduation, and researching on companies you might want to work for.

With recruitment for grad programmes fast approaching, August would be a good time to vamp up your CV and make sure that it is perfect.

If you’re finishing an internship then seek a reference from your manager. Also, while the experience is fresh in your mind, add your experience to your CV highlighting the key skills you’ve developed.

 

September-October

The official start of recruitment for graduate programmes, September and October will be busy months for students in their final year or at the start of their postgraduate course.

Fill out online applications for the programmes that you want to enter or send out your updated CV together with a well-written cover letter.

Apply to all your preferred graduate programmes now else you risk missing out on a place.

Remember, it’s about quality so don’t ruin your chances of getting a top graduate job by rushing your applications. Make sure you get them reviewed and checked first.

An expert careers coach can help you, by showing you the right techniques that will ensure your application is successful.

Most companies only allow you to apply once, so make sure you aren’t wasting your one opportunity!

 

November-December

Recruitment will still be ongoing in November and December.

Remember, by the end of December the most coveted spots on the popular graduate programmes are likely to be filled already.

Continue to attend job fairs and talk to recruiters and employers about opportunities that you might want to grab.

If there’s any skills gaps on your CV, think about how you can fill them. What skills could you develop and how?

This could be by getting a part time job, volunteering or getting involved in a university society.

 

Summary

Whether you’re in first, second or final year or if you’re a postgraduate student your job strategy will be different.

Try to focus on graduate job applications as early as possible so that you’re well prepared.

On a Tier 4 visa, you only have 4 months after you graduate so you don’t have the time to wait. Prepare early.

 

What you can do next:

Take action now to achieving your career goals. Let us help you secure a top graduate job in the UK after your studies.

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“We are the masters of our fates and the masters of our souls,” declared William Ernest Henley.

So take control of where your career will go by making sure that you create and follow through with a career plan that will take you where you want to go.

Make 2018 the year you get closer to your dreams than ever before.

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