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Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Job Seekers

Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Job Seekers

Job Seekers New Years Resolutions

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.

7. Volunteer

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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6 comments

  1. Great article. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. A career search is like any other important endeavor. Put your whole heart into it and positive results are bound to find your way.

  2. Instead of calling them New Years Resolutions which over 85% of us never follow through on, perhaps saying the Top 10 actions a Job seeker can take to ensure she/he has a job in 2013, would have a greater impact on job seekers.

    However, even with saying it that way, unfortunately not very many people will put those suggestions into practice. It’s just human nature.

    I agree with Tina, doing volunteer work is an excellent way to spend your time while looking for work. It will help you and it will help those who will benefit from your contribution.

  3. Thanks a lot for these great tips mate.

  4. I really enjoyed this article. I’m not a big fan fo resolutions because most people set them selves up for failure. There is a small majority that follow through with the success of daily commitment. This article shows a person how to succeed buy changing a few things up. I really liked #7. Not many people feel the need to volunteer. I think its an excellent thing to do with your time when your out of a job,.instead of complaining and sitting on the couch. You never know who you may meet and what doors are opened to you because of you unselfishness.

  5. Simple ideas, but often overlooked.

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