Thursday, December 8, 2016

6 Job Search Resolutions to Make Now

Many people want to lose weight, eat better, or improve their personal finances in the new year. But if you are a job seeker, consider resolutions that will shorten your job search and help you land a job that’s a great fit. Here are six job search resolutions to make and implement for a happy new year and a happy new job.

6 Job Search Resolutions to Make Now [Shy Job Seeker]
Make these six job search resolutions now for a better and faster job hunt.
  1.  I will define what I want to do. It is difficult to job hunt when you are open to anything. “I’ll do anything” is a death knell for your job search. Why? You waste huge amounts of time applying for jobs that don’t suit you. Employers will take one look at your application and keep going. They want workers who match their needs. So figure out what you are good at, what your skills are, and what you can bring to an organization. If you need help making this determination, use the tools at MyNextMove.
  2.  I will identify what is important to me in a job. Even when you know the type of job you’re seeking, it’s helpful to be aware of your career values so you can find the right opportunities and know whether to accept a job. Career values include issues like high pay, benefits, work environment, location, work schedule, physical activity, company size, amount of travel, independence, relationships, advancement potential, and much more. So make a list of the points that you know are important to you in a job, and use it to weigh potential jobs. For example, if you want a job within 10 miles of home with health insurance and no weekend hours, be sure to keep those points in mind so you don’t end up in a job that will make you unhappy.
  3.   I will not use online job applications as my sole job search method. Although many job openings are published online, remember that many people are applying for them. So to improve your chances, you must use other, more active job search techniques, such as networking and contacting employers who may need your skills, even if they haven’t advertised an opening. By using these informal job hunt methods, employers will get to know you and may hire you when an opening becomes available—without ever advertising.
  4.   I will let everyone know I am job searching. Never hesitate to let your family, friends, former colleagues, neighbors, and acquaintances know you are looking for work. They may know of someone who needs your skills and experience and may be willing to refer you to an employer. See my post, 50 Other Ways to Find Job Openings, for additional suggestions on tracking down job leads.
  5. I will identify and contact employers of interest. Who are your ideal employers? If you know which companies or types of organizations interest you, seek out someone who supervises your area of interest by searching online for a name or asking people in your network for a name. Then contact that person by email or phone and explain who you are and how you can help the organization. Often, you will make a good impression for being proactive. If you get rejected or are told that no openings are available, either move on or ask to be kept in mind for future positions.
  6.  I will tailor my resume and cover letter to fit the job. Writing resumes and cover letters is quite time consuming, but if you tailor your job search materials to the job opening, employers can more easily see why you are qualified and how you will help the organization succeed adn grow. Be sure to add keywords, which are the specific skills, training, and experience an employer wants and will be looking for in your resume. Customizing your job search correspondence will also help you stand out. For suggestions on how to customize your resume effectively (and quickly), see my post, Customize Your Resume in 15 Minutes. 
If you make—and keep—these six job search resolutions, it’s likely you will get the right job for you in the new year, and sooner rather than later.

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