We are fully engaged in 2013 and it looks like a banner year for hiring.The job market is improving and in Human Resources we have been seeing more roles for recruiters versus human resources business partners. One might ask, why this is a good sign? It's a good sign because companies are looking for more people to bring hires in the door, not exit the door.
One of the top New Year's resolutions is finding a new job. The first three months of the new year is the busiest job hunting season.
The top four industries hiring in 2013 according to http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Industries-Hiring-2013-26852830 are energy, real estate,health care and technology. To begin anew, it doesn't have to be in the industry you currently support. Research your industry choice, define the transferability of your skill set and target the company of your choice. The same way the company interviews the candidates, the candidates should be prepared to interview the company. During the initial meeting, observe, do people seem happy, are they willing to share their company experience? The best question anyone ever asked me is not "why are you here" but, "why did you "choose" here".
Most often the best hiring source is an employee referral http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/infographic-employee-referrals-hire/. It's been documented that employees refer those who they feel will fit into the company culture and be a high performer. Think about it, would you refer someone you didn't think would do a good job? Most new hires feel the "honeymoon effect" for the first three months as they settle in and live the culture. This is the time when the company makes it's largest investment. It's a time of training and discovering a new hire's strengths and development needs. It is up to you as the new hire to communicate your needs and expectations of the role. The referrer becomes more of a mentor as you begin to navigate the system.
If you came through a different source whether it's social media or the companies applicant tracking system, you will need an insider person to guide you. If your company has a buddy program make sure you ask for a buddy as highlighted at http://www.ayeconference.com/how-2-buddy/ If the company doesn't have a process in place, ask for a buddy. A buddy can make the difference in how quickly you will get up to speed by providing information on how to operate through the system. And, dollars to donuts with this proactive action your manager will know you mean business in succeeding in your new role.
Plan, research and live your dream.