Looking for a new job in the New Year? You’re likely to be far from alone.

In fact, it’s believed that jobseekers are likely to have more competition for places in the first few months of the year than during any other period. It must be all those New Year resolutions…

Nevertheless, this shouldn’t deter talented candidates from hunting for that next step on the career ladder. It just means that they need to be a bit more savvy with their search.

The times they are a-changin’

The methods that candidates will be using to apply for jobs in 2014 are likely to be a lot different from a few years or even a few months ago.

Many employers are looking beyond traditional methods of advertising vacancies and jobseekers need to take advantage of this.

The internet is definitely a jobseeker’s friend in 2014. Many large employers are happy to advertise vacancies on their company website. The majority will post vacancies on industry-specific recruitment websites, whilst some will utilise social networking websites like Twitter and especially LinkedIn to advertise.

A lot of recruitment websites encourage candidates to upload their CV and let employers find them. This is a trend which is becoming more prominent in high-end jobs and can potentially take all the work out of job-hunting for skilled workers. However, an important point to note is that this might not be suitable for those already in work, unless they are willing to run the risk of their current employers stumbling across their CV.

It’s worth pointing out that a lot of employers advertising jobs online will use automated filtering systems to screen out unsuitable candidates. In order to beat this system, ensure your CV includes a lot of keywords that are suitable for the job, but still project your own personality in a cover letter.

Of course, there are plenty of traditional methods that still work well for jobseekers. Local newspapers, job boards and job centres still help thousands of people find employment.

Many more find jobs by approaching traditional high-street recruitment companies, who act as a middle man between employers and jobseekers. Staff who work for these companies are highly experienced in dealing with the recruitment process, speak directly with employers about the skills they are looking for and can help candidates prepare for job interviews more extensively.

Networking

The old adage states that job-hunting is more about who you know than what you know. With this in mind, why not make 2014 the year that you start taking social networking seriously.

Take the time to follow and engage with thought-leaders in the industry you’re looking for a new job in. Get involved with debates, share you knowledge and get yourself out there. You never know when these personal connections could prove to be advantageous in a job-hunt.

Make sure that your social media profiles are fit for potential new employers to see. That means leaving the drunken nightclub photos and the controversial opinions to yourself or at least double-check that your privacy settings ensure that strangers can’t see them.

Don’t give up

Unfortunately, the UK will still be pulling itself out of an economic crisis in 2014 and times have been tipped to remain tough in the jobs market. Unemployed people are often advised to treat their employment hunt as a full-time job in itself and those looking to switch jobs may have to show similar levels of dedication.

A smartphone can certainly be a useful tool for those in this situation, allowing users to utilise any spare moments they might have to browse online jobs, check their emails and network with potential new employers. Of course, getting some help from a professional recruitment company could help ease the strain on anyone’s time.

Either way, with a little bit of nous and a fair bit of persistence, 2014 could still prove to be a great year for your career.