How to hit the ground running with your job search this January

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For many professionals in the sports industry, the festive season presents a unique opportunity to set new goals and evaluate priorities. But what lots of us struggle with is converting New Year’s resolutions to reality and research has shown that mid-January is make or break point.

Those that hit the ground running and begin to implement a strategy to break their existing routine in the first half January are far more likely to instigate change than those that delay activity until later in the month or into February.

With our clients indicating that new budgets and growth targets will be fuelling fresh recruitment drives in the New Year, 600 new vacancies expected to be advertised across our network in January alone.

If you’re looking to make that resolution a reality and kick-start your career in January, here are a few quick tips on how you can use the festive season to get prepared:

  1. Identify your ideal job:

There are lots of ways to approach this task, but the GlobalSportsJobs Inside Track content hub is a great place to start. Research the different sports industry sectors, the leading organisations and individuals within those sectors and their expectations for new team members.

Compare this insight with your experience and achievements during 2015, and what areas of your existing job or university course you particularly enjoy. This should help you focus your job search on one or two sectors and functions within sport and will allow you to prepare in more depth.

  1. Update your job alerts:

Don’t forget that on GlobalSportsJobs you are able to create up to five ‘jobs by email’ alerts for English-speaking, German-speaking & French-speaking vacancies that are advertised across the network. These alerts automatically collate all jobs relevant to your job search into one digestible daily email, meaning you’re the first to know when new vacancies are advertised.

You can set up an additional alert on the duel-language Mandarin/English Asia platform if you’re interested in working in the region.

  1. Plan your personal development:

Now that you know where in the sports industry you’d like to work and have set up notifications for new opportunities, you need to identify gaps in your understanding and take steps to plug them so that you are fully prepared to make credible applications and perform well in interviews.

Set up a strategy for monitoring and reviewing sector-relevant press, LinkedIn groups, Twitter feeds and other influencer content.

For more tips on getting set for the New Year, follow our festive #CareerCracker campaign on the @GoGlobal Twitter channel.

From everyone at GlobalSportsJobs, we wish you a very merry Christmas and look forward to supporting your career in 2016.

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