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1 Dec 2023 | Words by the Star People Recruitment Team

The festive season is nearly upon us. It’s a time to unwind and reflect on the year that has passed, and also is a great opportunity to take stock of your career and prepare for the exciting job possibilities that 2024 holds.

Our Star People consultants are ready to guide you through the process. Ahead of that, here are some tips on self-assessment, planning, and preparing to find your new year new job.

1. Reflect on your job goals

As the year ends, take some time to reflect on your career goals and aspirations. What have you achieved in the past year, and where do you see yourself in the future? Consider your long-term career objectives and identify the skills, experiences, and positions that will help you reach them.

2. Update your CV and online presence

A well-crafted CV is your first opportunity to make a strong impression on potential employers. It’s the first thing our consultants will want to check with you. Update your CV to include your most recent achievements, certifications, and skills. Ensure that it showcases your relevant experience and accomplishments in your field.

Additionally, review and refresh your online professional profiles, such as LinkedIn. Make sure they accurately reflect your career progression and areas of expertise. An up-to-date LinkedIn profile can attract the attention of recruiters and potential employers.

Star People Recruitment Client Partner, Sarah, says: “As a LinkedIn recruiter, I have searches set up and receive notifications when someone changes their setting to ‘open to work’ – I ensure that I always contact these people!” Read more from this blog.

3. Network and reconnect

Are you going to any social gatherings or networking events this month? Take advantage of these occasions to reconnect with industry contacts, former colleagues, and mentors. Inform them of your job search and express your interest in potential opportunities. Networking can open doors to unadvertised job openings and valuable industry insights!

4. Research potential employers

Before you start your search, research potential employers in your industry and identify companies that align with your career goals, values, and interests. What products do they have? What is their culture? Have they made any recent announcements?

5. Set clear job search goals

Setting specific goals will help you stay focused and motivated throughout your job search. Establish clear and achievable job search goals for the upcoming year. Most importantly, decide which recruiter you want to go with, and make contact as soon as possible.

This time of year is particularly competitive for recruitment within pharma, medtech, and biotech, so setting goals and staying organised will help you immeasurably.

‘Q4 is all about company budgets so employers will be looking to get new starters over the line before 2023, which means competing with others and streamlining processes to make sure they secure the talent they’re after.’ Read more of this blog.

6. Enhance your job skills

Continuing education and skill development are essential in the rapidly evolving pharma and medtech sectors. Use this down time to identify any gaps in your skillset and explore opportunities for further education, certifications, or training programmes. This investment in your skills will make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.

Over the past 12 months demand for both hard and soft skills has increased, from digital engagement capabilities to creative thinking and problems-solving

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7. Practice job interview techniques

Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience, but practicing beforehand can boost your confidence. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to conduct mock interviews. Focus on answering common interview questions, highlighting your strengths, and showcasing your passion for the industry.

The festive season can be a perfect time to take stock of your career and prepare for a new job in the new year.

By reflecting on your goals, updating your CV, networking, researching potential employers, setting clear job search goals, enhancing your skills, practicing interview skills, and staying organised, you’ll be well-prepared to start your job search with confidence in the new year.

When you’re ready, we’re ready. Connect with our specialist recruitment team to take the next steps on your pharma or medtech career path.

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