As we turn the calendar page to a fresh New Year, are you resolving to do better with your diet, exercise plan or finances? Don’t forget about your career! January is a great time to turn over a new leaf – especially if your job search has stalled. These resolutions can get you on the right track in 2016.
1.) Commit to spending more time on job search activities
If you’re unemployed, you should devote at least the equivalent of a regular 40 hour work week to networking, researching job openings and applying to positions. If you’re employed but looking, commit to 2 hours a week for job searching (all done at home after regular work hours of course!).
2.) Schedule one networking event per month
This could range from going to a business presentation, attending a community business function or participating in a formal networking session. To find out about upcoming networking opportunities, check out business associations in your industry, the local newspaper (regular edition and business) – even your college career center (which can also be a great resource for alumni).
3.) Pick one job search tool to improve every other week
For example, January could be resumes and LinkedIn. Week one would involve an in-depth look at your resume – what’s working and what could use a little sprucing up. Get input from a friend and someone in your field. Week three could be making sure your LinkedIn profile accurately portrays your background. You could also vow to start adding more connections and liking, commenting and posting status updates on a regular basis.
4.) Incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your job search plan
Eating right, working out, getting adequate sleep and taking time for family and friends should not be separate from your job search. A healthy, rested mind and body will do wonders for your energy and productivity in the job search process.
5) Vow to be more patient this year
It’s easy to want that call for an interview NOW. However, that is not how the job search process works. In particular, when businesses are getting back into the swing of things in the new year, you can’t expect their timetable to equal yours. Just take a deep breath and keep moving forward with steps one through four. Getting yourself worked up and stressed out won’t do you any good. If you find your stress level rising, some good de-stressing ideas include: texting/calling someone, taking a walk, getting together with friends, going to a movie, watching a sitcom or reading a book/magazine.
Happy New Year & Good Luck – 2016 will be your best year yet!
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