As 2017 begins, we often hear of the many New Year’s resolutions people make. Whether it’s to improve your physical and mental health, change financial habits or focus more on our family and friends, the goal is all the same – to improve their lives.
The same can be said about improving your work life. With the beginning of the year – when most people are back at work from vacation – job seekers will find that the first quarter of the year are big months for hiring. Knowing that now is peak hiring season, here are three “resolutions” to help you find your next job.
Now is a great time to look inward and determine what it is you’re specifically looking for. If you’re currently employed, is there a significant reason for you to start looking for a new job? Are you looking for a change of scenery, or maybe looking for new challenges? Before you invest the time and effort needed in searching for a job, be sure it fits your current situation.
Whether you ’re currently employed or not, understand that searching for a position can also be a full-time job in itself. Put yourself on the right path by determining what kind of job you’re looking for, and what you might be searching for in a potential employer. Make a list and focus on those potential jobs first.
With many job seekers competing for limited positions, make sure you’re taking every opportunity to make the best impression.
Ensure your resume is updated. Is the contact information still correct? Have you added any work or volunteer experiences that might be relevant? Have you recently taken any technical or professional development courses that will make you a more valuable employee? The new calendar year is a great time to look at your resume with fresh eyes.
Beyond your resume, consider building/updating your personal pitch. Sell yourself in 30 seconds, and have that ready in your back pocket for whenever you may need it.
Networking is the biggest buzzword when it comes to job searching. However, it really is about making relationships, and tapping those relations, to help you find a position.
In many instances, people find a job through referrals or recommendations. Join relevant online networks and social media groups. Track down former colleagues or classmates who might be able to lead you to some job prospects. Attend events or courses that will not only improve your potential worth as an employee, but also give you a chance to meet face-to-face with other professionals in your discipline.
Having the right mindset, especially in the new year, will give you a better outlook at prospective employment in 2017.
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