Career related New Year’s Resolutions are among the top 10 most popular resolutions made by people each year. ResumeBear would like to partner with you and help you achieve your career goals for 2013.
To start 2013 off with a bang, we have prepared a list of the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for job seekers.
1. Do an Honest Career Assessment
Are you searching and applying for the right jobs? Are you passionate about the career field you are trying to enter? What are your strengths and weaknesses professionally? Whatever your situation may be, take a moment and assess your career options. Identify your top skills and match them with a career or occupation that best suits you.
2. Set Realistic Career Goals
Whether you are employed or unemployed, create a list of career goals that you can realistically achieve this year. Be specific and write them down in order of priority. Print the list out or enter it into a memo on your favorite device and make sure to review it every day.
3. Brush Up on Your Job Skills
There is always room for improvement. Even if you are happy in your current career field, there is additional training you can do to improve your current skill set. With the internet, additional training is literally at your fingertips. There are thousands of free online courses you can take to help improve your resume.
4. Establish a Plan of Action
Your job search should be your full time job! Make searching for your new job a top priority. Set aside the appropriate amount of time each day to further your job search. Keep an excel sheet or list of contacts you’ve made and jobs that you have applied for. Review it every day and don’t forget to follow up with the contacts you’ve made and on the job applications and/or resumes you have submitted. ResumeBear offers free career alerts for job seekers. Track your resume submissions using our free resume tracking service. Job seekers are notified instantly via SMS or email alerts when your resume is viewed by an employer.
5. Do Your Research
Now that you have done your career assessment and set your goals for 2013, spend time researching your career field. Research employers, job fairs, salaries and most of all be prepared for your interviews. Follow your favorite employers online and check to see if you are connected with any employees from your favorite companies.
6. Explore Internship and Temporary Job Opportunities
An internship or temp job with your favorite employer could open the door to finding your dream job. Both opportunities provide excellent training and will allow you and the employer to get to know each other. You may find out this isn’t the job or employer you really are interested in working for full time. YouTern.com, Internships.com, Manpower.com, Randstad.com, and KellyServices.com are great resources for finding an internship or temporary job.
If you are unemployed, Volunteer. Make great use of your free time and volunteer. Volunteering prevents you from having gaps in your resume and makes excellent use of your free time. Utilize your talents and skills and give back by volunteering with your favorite charity, or organization. VolunteerMatch.org is just one of many online sites that you can use to discover local volunteer opportunities.
8. Create your Online Professional Profile & Resume
Manage your professional brand by creating an online business profile and professional resume. ResumeBear now offers a suite of free career tools to help professionals brand themselves online. Create a matching business card, professional resume and cover letter in minutes. Get started today!
9. Prepare for Interviews
Make an awesome first impression by being prepared for your telephone or in person interview. Have a friend or family member conduct mock interviews with you. Make a list of questions you would like to ask potential employers and practice asking them. Check your connections and see if you know anyone that has recently interviewed with the company you are interviewing with. Ask them about their interview experience and for tips to help you succeed with your upcoming interview. Never wait till the last minute to prepare for a job interview. Take full advantage of the opportunity you have been given to introduce yourself to any potential employer. Remember…. knowledge is power!
10. Network ! Network ! Network!
Try to connect by phone or in person with 3 new people each week. You will be surprised how quickly this expands your connections. Leverage social media networking opportunities. Follow your favorite companies online and network with their recruiters. Even if a company you are interested in is not hiring now, they may be soon! Attend local hiring events and job fairs. Join local business organizations or associations. Organize your own local job seekers support group and work together to build all of your connections. There is an opportunity in every room you enter, find it!
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