5 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Land a Job
Like the saying goes, “To get something new, you’ll have to do something new.” The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to build new habits as you search for a job. If you didn’t find that perfect job for you last year, these resolutions can be the guiding force to get you back on track.
1. Create a long-term relationship you can count on. One of the best things you can resolve to do this new year is to create a good relationship with your recruiter. The more your recruiter knows your skills, talents and needs, the better he/she can place you. And don’t forget to ask for help! A great recruiter will help you with your resume, give you interview advice and help you see where you could improve your skills to land more opportunities.
2. Make a monthly master plan. Don’t leave your job search up to chance. Be strategic about how you move into this new year. Decide how many interview you want to go on in the next month and backtrack from there. If you want to get five interviews, how many jobs should you apply for? If you need to apply for 15 jobs, carve out the time to get your resume, cover letter and updated references in place. Make a list and get at least one thing done every day to help you toward your goal.
3. Join networking events and meetups. Finding a new job can be as easy as meeting new people. This year, make one of your resolutions to get to a networking event or meetup. A great place to search for meetups in your niche is Meetup.com or search events at Eventbrite.com. Focusing in on the field you’re interested in and then finding people to talk to in that field is a great way to make huge leaps forward in your job search.
4. Focus in on what I want and what I’m qualified to do. Resist applying for every job that comes across your desk. Instead, be strategic about what you really want to do and what industry most interests you. Catalogue your experience and only apply for the jobs that make sense for your interest and skill level. Don’t waste your time on applying for jobs that require certain certifications or experience that you don’t have. There are plenty of jobs out there that do speak to your skillset. If you’re not sure where to look, schedule an appointment with your recruiter and narrow the search.
5. Build new skills that’ll help the search. That being said, if there’s an industry that you find compelling, but you don’t have the skills yet to apply — go out and get the skills! The new year is a great time to up your game and learn something new. Look for educational opportunities in person at places like General Assembly, or online like Skillshare. And once you’ve learned those new skills, don’t forget to update your resume!
The new year is a great time to build new resolutions toward your job search goals. Work with your recruiter, stay on top of your continuing education and you’ll land the right job for you in no time at all.