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New Year’s Resolutions for Minnesota Job Seekers

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.

Want to be a Superior Worker Start Your Days Like This

Want to be a Superior Worker? Start Your Days Like This

While work takes up a sizable part of the majority of people’s lives – no matter the work environment we all want to be successful and strive to be a good worker. Regardless of pay, job title, pay, gender, or age, all good employees share some common traits. Here are 7 ways to turn yourself into a great worker:

1. Creating and Accomplish Goals –

Companies want to see job seekers show their ability to work hard. Individuals who are looking for a job that set high goals for themselves indicate to highering managers a willingness to do more than just showing up and be a warm body.

2. Be Dependable –

What does being dependable tell a possible employer? Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to completing tasks on time, as assigned, will likely continue to do so as employees.

3. Be Positive –

A positive attitude goes a long way for individual employees and their coworkers. It is simple – a positivity attitude leads to a more productive workday, ultimately creating a better work environment.

Helpful Hint – Good workers always stand out for their upbeat outlook and earn positive reputations.

4. Motivate Yourself –

Believe it or not, hiring managers look for job seekers who take the initiative and get work done with little to no help. By being self-motivated, you are telling a prospective employer that you are confident and that you perform any task that is handed to you.

5. Work Well With Others –

Think about great coworkers that you have worked with in the past. Do they work well with others? Did they work well in a team setting? Hiring managers look for team-oriented job seekers because companies accomplish more when people work as teams, not just individuals.

6. Be an Excellent Communicator –

Good employees understand how things can go wrong when a message is miscommunicated or not entirely understood. A good worker will know what their preferred methods of communication.

7. Be Flexible –

A good employee will not fight change, but instead, embrace it and adapt to it. Try to pick up new skills and learn new tasks. In the long run, this shows that you are willing to do what is best for any business.

Need some help?  Contact Award Staffing. We will be able to match you up with interviews in your area so you can get the job opportunity you want. We have offices located in Bloomington, Chaska, Crystal, Delano, Maplewood, and Ramsey Minnesota to help you with your job search today! Want to learn more career tips and tricks – check our When Work Works blog.