5 Job Search Resolutions You Should Make This Year
2016 is just around the corner and it’s time to make your New Year’s resolutions! Common resolutions for the beginning of a new year typically include such goals as losing weight, exercising more, and increasing time spent with family. However, it’s worth putting serious effort into crafting several job search resolutions. Here are five you should definitely make this year:
1. Change your networking approach.
The value of a quality network for job searching has never been in question. Your friends, family, former and current colleagues, and bosses—they’re all valuable. On the other hand, if you’ve been coming to them with direct requests for jobs, it’s time to change your approach. Instead, engage your network by tapping into the knowledge and expertise they have to offer. Ask them for coaching, ideas, perspective, and feedback on your next moves. You might find that this long-term approach pays off even more than your current one.
Kill two birds with one stone by making your exercise resolution part of your job search! Hopefully, it motivates you to get moving more. With exercise, you gain energy for your job search, and the blood flowing through your body boosts your confidence and drive.
3. Join groups.
Every industry has at least a few trade associations and user groups. Join them to expand your network and take advantage of chances to dig up “hidden” jobs. Attend group meetings and participate in seminars to maximize your membership.
4. Further your education.
Even if you’re currently employed, it pays to enroll in classes, but doing so is even more critical if you are out of work. Aim to take a class or to gain a new certification in the New Year. You’ll get the benefit of adding valuable training to your resume and enhancing your qualifications.
5. Create a personal brand or buff up the one you have.
Your personal brand should focus on your unique strengths. Brainstorm (and ask others for help) to come up with a list of three-to-five strengths relevant to the career you want. Encapsulate your offerings in a one-sentence statement, and develop a pitch that goes into more detail. Make sure your application materials and interviews reflect your personal brand.