The end of the year is usually a time for holidays, family and celebration. We hear from many job seekers that it’s also time for reflection. You might be thinking about how you can improve your job prospects in 2020. Is there any part of your job search that can use some extra attention?
We love helping job seekers set resolutions to help them achieve their employment goals.
These tips can help ensure that you head into the new year putting your best foot forward.
1. I will work on my resume
Many job seekers feel that once they have a “final” version of their resume, they are done. That isn’t always the case. It’s important to give it a read with fresh eyes as the new year rolls around. Include any new tasks you completed or skills you acquired since you last updated your resume.
2. I will make a list of ideal employers
Perhaps you’ve heard great things from people who already work at a certain company, or perhaps you’ve done your own research and knowledge of an organization where you want to work. However you’ve got the information, create a list of “dream” employers. Then, create a calendar reminder to periodically check to see if they are hiring.
3. I will work on my interviewing abilities
Make no mistake about it – interviewing is a skill that is acquired and needs to be frequently practiced. It’s very easy to fall out of “interviewing mode” and forget how to discuss your skills and background, your education and what you bring to the table for an employer. Don’t let this happen to you! Work with a friend or loved one and have them conduct a mock interview so that you stay sharp in discussing your work history and potential.
4. I will acquire one more skill
The skills section on resumes is often something that job seekers often ignore, but it is vitally important. Hiring managers look for cultural fits for their companies, so be sure to note if you’re a team player, an independent worker or if you like to work with customers. Always remember to list your professional certifications, which is a big plus for employers.
5. I will take time for myself
Maybe you like to exercise, play video games or catch a game. No matter what your favorite free time activity is, in the new year, take the time to enjoy it. Job seeking takes a lot of energy and commitment, so be sure to give yourself a break and recharge before getting back out there again.
Job hunting is a process that you can’t do overnight. It takes time and commitment, so be sure that as you head into the new year, you are making yourself as attractive to hiring managers as you possibly can. Spruce up that resume, sharpen those interviewing skills, and get ready for a year where you find your future.
Looking for someone to help with those new year’s job resolutions? We’re here to help! Contact our team so we can help you find your future.