The new year brings new expectations and feelings of hope and renewal. This attitude and outlook for the new year are great to use when looking to focus more on your career. If you are looking for a new career, you are in luck. The first quarter of the year is generally considered the best time of year to find a new job. Whether you are looking to advance in your current job or find a new one, the following New Year’s Resolutions For Job Seekers will help you in 2021:
Solidify your professional brand.
To stand out from the rest and make an impression, you need a strong and consistent personal brand. Therefore, assess your career goals and aspirations, and then start building something that shows who you are as a professional and why others should want to hire you.
Update your social networks.
It’s easy to post something on social media and not think about it anymore. But you can’t do this. When looking for a job or looking for a promotion, it is extremely important to keep social networks clean and professional. Recruiters usually look for the social networks of the candidates.
Update your resume.
When was the last time you updated your resume? If it’s been a while, update your skills and work experience. Also, try to personalize and adjust your resume to each job offer and job description you apply for.
Find a mentor.
A good mentor is someone who is a few years ahead of you in your field of work and who is willing and can meet with you regularly to give you guidance on how to handle your job search and career-related questions. Preferably, look for a mentor who is not a family member or friend.
It is important to maintain and grow your network to increase your prospects continually. Explore the different areas where you can meet new people and consider attending job fairs or joining a professional organization.
Improve your skills.
Check the job descriptions to see what employers are looking for and see if your education and skills match. If not, take an online class so you can stay ahead of the curve and be more employable for the job you want.
Organize your home office.
Make sure your desktop is neat and clean and that your files are not littered with unnecessary paperwork. It’s also a good idea to get rid of digital clutter and remove minor files and programs from your computer to make it run more efficiently.
After applying for a job, be sure to follow up with the employer. This is also a great opportunity to reiterate how much you would like the job.
Practice interview skills.
When you start looking for a job, it doesn’t hurt to practice what you will say in different situations by participating in a simulated interview with a friend (or your mentor).
Prioritize your mental and physical health.
Looking for a career opportunity can make you feel depressed or stressed, leading to poor mental and physical health. Its purpose is to keep your spirits up and focus on your health.
Are your resolutions similar to these New Year’s Resolutions For Job Seekers? Let us know in the comments! Happy Holidays from Job Duck!