We are all ready to put 2020 behind us. The new year, particularly this year brings feelings of hope and optimism.
Whether you are a new grad looking for your first career job, or you would like to move up in your current field, making some resolutions for the new year will help you be accountable and get closer to finding a great job in 2021.
New year’s resolutions for job seekers
- Online Presence
We can’t stress this enough-clean up your social media. Make sure your pages are professional and clean. While most employers focus on LinkedIn, many will still search Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.
- Resume Refresh
When was the last time you updated your resume? Chances are you have gained new experiences or added skills that you should add. Sharpen the language used to show achievements, not job responsibilities.
- Learn new skills
When you are reading job descriptions you are applying to, do you have the skills they are asking for? If not, take an online class or find a way to learn these skills. Professional development will only enhance your resume and show potential employers that you continually grow your skills.
- Find a mentor
Having someone a few years ahead in your field can provide advice on how to handle your job search. They can be objective in a way your friends are not.
- Grow your network
There isn’t much that is more important than having a solid network. Often jobs are not posted externally on the usual sites (Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, etc.). They will be posted on company internal job boards. Someone in your network who works at the company can let you know and share your resume with the recruiter.
- Set up job alerts
Are there certain companies you’d like to work for? Using LinkedIn is one of the best ways to find those companies and similar ones. When you like a company on LinkedIn, look at the section on the right side of the page to find related companies.
- Practice interview skills
You got in the door; you don’t want to fall flat now. This is the biggest barrier for most. If you can’t answer questions with stories, and articulate what value you can bring, you are not going to make it to the next round.
- Set a plan
No matter how many New Year’s resolutions you have for your job search, you’ll need a plan of action in order to be successful. Set goals, follow a schedule and hold yourself accountable.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. We are here to help with all of your job search needs.