Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years' Resolutions that Will Get You a Job in 2013

It's January 2nd.  The New Year is here, and the holidays are over.  It's time to get back on track with your job search.  While it can be a bit of a challenge to get back into the swing of things, the New Year is an excellent time to make changes to the way that you are approaching your job search.  Here are some New Years' Resolutions that will fast track your job search in 2013:

Use social media sites strategically.  If you're not already active on Linked In, Twitter, and Facebook, sign up and update your profiles.  If you've only been using these sites personally, customize your profiles so that they effectively represent you for professional networking purposes.  Once your profiles are ready, get out there and start making connections. 

Establish clear career goals.  It is difficult to focus your efforts if you don't have clear career goals.  Take some time to do some labour market research to see which positions are in demand and would be a good match for your skills and interests. 

Upgrade your skills.   There is always something that you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate.  Review job advertisements for your target position.  Are there any skills or experiences that are often mentioned, which you don't yet possess?  If you can attain those skills, it may be the thing that sets you apart from your competition.     

Expand your network.  We all know that networking is the best way to find a job, but do you really make it a priority in your job search activities?  When you are looking for a job, you should be making an effort to attend some kind of networking event at least once a week.      

Fine tune your elevator pitch.  As you expand your networking efforts, there will be more situations where you will be asked, "So what do you do?".  You need to be prepared with an excellent answer to that question.  Take the time to write something down and practice, practice, practice!  

Customize every resume and cover letter that you send out.  Nothing turns an employer off more quickly than a generic resume and cover letter.  This minimal effort tells the employer that you're not interested enough to spend time on your application.  Also, your general resume doesn't show how qualified you are for the specific position.  It is better to send out five customized resumes, than it is to send out twenty five generic ones.        

January is a time when we are optimistic for the year ahead and we are willing to make changes in our lives.  Take this opportunity to improve the way that you look for a job, and you may start the New Year with a job offer!

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