While you might think there’s no real point in applying for jobs during the holiday season, now is the perfect time to get all your documents and details in order.
This is because companies will be planning next year now and reassessing what resources they need in order to meet their targets and goals for the following year.
And as only 2% of candidates who apply for a role are called to attend a job interview, it pays to get ahead.
So from giving your resume a refresh to reaching out to your network to increase your chances of bagging an interview, below we’re detailing five things you can do now to boost your chances of securing a job in 2024.
1. Re-do your resume
Your resume should be specifically tailored to each and every job application you undertake but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your existing master document into good shape so you’re ready to go when you start applying for jobs.
It is a good idea to start off your resume with a clear mission statement of who you are and what your main skills and attributes are. Next, look at how your education information is presented and ensure it, along with your GPA, are up to date.
2. Do your research
When you’re applying for a role, you might think salary benchmarking is the only real research you need to worry about.
However, making sure your values are aligned to the values of the company you’re applying to is essential for many reasons: values dictate company culture but they also allude to how business is done and management styles.
3. Focus on soft skills
While you might think technical experience is what employers are focussed on, new research indicates that candidates with soft skills will be most in-demand in the future and soft skill jobs will account for almost two-thirds of all jobs by 2030.
Additionally, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Future of Jobs Report 2023, has found that analytical thinking is the number one skill for the future, followed by creative thinking and resilience, flexibility and agility.
Look at how your skills and experience to date along with extra-curricular activities or charity work have helped hone your soft skills and make sure to prioritize this information on your resume.
4. Grow your network
From alumni groups to social media sites, building your professional network is essential for career success, now and in the future—80% of professionals agree that career success can be elevated through professional networking.
That said, networking or catching up with someone over coffee won’t necessarily result in a job offer, however it will help you stay ahead of industry news and find out about companies that are growing and recruiting to keep apace.
5. Be proactive
Ready to put your new and improved game plan into action? The Study International Job Board is the perfect place to focus your search. It features thousands of internship opportunities in companies that are actively recruiting, including the three below.
Intern, UBS, Nashville
Are you a motivated self-starter? Can you take an assignment and run with it? If you’re ready to dive into a fast-paced, client-focused work environment, an Internship with UBS may be the right fit for you. In this role you will be working within the PWM office where you will gain valuable insight, develop new skills, and establish a network of mentors and business contacts. Day to day you will work on projects that have real impact on clients, support the team of wealth management experts, gain product knowledge from internal and external partner sessions and plan team marketing events and material. View additional details here.
Intel Group Subcontracts Intern, Leidos, Columbia
Leidos is seeking a Intel Group Subcontracts Intern in Reston, VA or Columbia, MD for summer 2024. During this internship you will learn about Leidos’ subcontract and procurement operations. Interns will receive introductions throughout the Intel Procurement organization and be exposed to training and real-life examples of subcontract work at Leidos. Throughout the summer, the intern will have the opportunity to tackle projects that will pull together cross-functional data for the team as well as working contract closeout actions on some of our priority programs. See the full job description here.
Internal Audit Intern, Independent Bank, Grand Rapids
Are you interested in exploring your potential and growing from real-world experience? Independent Bank is looking for goal-oriented, disciplined, and eager-to-learn individuals to be a part of its 2024 Internship program. The Internal Audit Intern will assist with performing internal audit assignments under the supervision of SVP, Director of Internal Audit. This full-time opportunity involves performing audit procedures and documentations and you will also assist in conducting internal audits in accordance with established procedures and guidelines, collaborate with team members and external vendors to ensure timely completion of assigned audit projects and participate in audit committee meetings. Want to know more?