How to Get Ahead in the New Year When Looking for a New Role

After some time off, spending time with family and friends, January is a perfect time to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions and if one of those is to start looking for your next role, some of these tips could be great for you, for a stress-free New Year.


Step 1 - Decide exactly what you are looking for:

Whether you are seeking a promotion within your current field or a sideways move into a slightly different role, it is important to decide what you are looking for before speaking with recruiters or applying for roles.

  • Take a step back to reflect on your career so far
    • o What have you achieved?
    • o What has gone well?
    • o What hasn’t gone so well?

Think about your strengths and weaknesses, if there are any gaps in your experience and if there is anything you want to improve upon?

  • What do you want from your next role?
    • o Progress into a more senior role
    • o Move into a new industry/specialism
    • o Returning to work after a break

Take some time to decide the type of firm you are looking to work at next, whether this is industry specific, a large firm or SME.


Step 2 - Have a step-by-step plan:

Decide how and when you are looking to interview. If your current role involves you being in the office full-time it may be harder for you to attend in person interview, therefore, Teams interviews may be best for you. Decide how many interviews you would like to attend and whether you want to compare job roles against other roles or if you are happy with just going to 1 interview and finding the right fit for you. It is easy to get overwhelmed attending multiple interviews, so find a balance that works best for you.


Step 3 - Explore different avenues:

  • Upload your CV to job boards
  • Speak with recruiters in your area
  • Have a look on Google
  • Check social media


Step 4 - Try not to burn yourself out and fully commit to the process:

If you follow all the above steps, it will be a lot easier to not burn yourself out.

Once you have found the perfect role for yourself, fully commit to the process and starting your new role.


Step 5 - Register with Rutherford Briant:

If you would like to put all the above in to action and would like us to help you with your job search, we work with accountancy practices, blue-chip corporations and SMEs across multiple sectors, to deliver exceptional customer service and recruitment expertise in the following specialisms: Accountancy & Finance, Public Practice – Audit, Tax & Accounts, Executive Search, Temporary & Interim, Human Resources, Marketing, Procurement & Supply Chain, Business Support & Administration and IT & Technology.

We listen to what matters most to you and genuinely care about finding your perfect role. Because we take the time to understand beyond what’s on your CV, we’ll know which companies and roles are best suited to you. We’re passionate about enabling you to achieve your career goals and maximise your professional potential. Plus, it helps that we know our markets inside out and can use our years of expertise to advise and guide. 


Best of luck with your job search and we hope these tips help you to find your perfect role.

Posted by: Rutherford Briant