In late November and December, job seekers may find themselves focused on holiday shopping, parties, travel, and entertaining rather than finding a new job. Likewise, late in the year employers may be focused on year end results, budget planning, and performance reviews, putting recruitment and open positions on the back burner. Once January rolls around, it is a great time to ease back into taking productive steps to achieve your professional goals.
If you are considering a job change, use your New Year’s resolutions to clarify your vision and values for the year, and incorporate those into your job search. Taking the time to revisit your personal vision and values and determine what brings you joy, what you’re great at, what pays your bills, and what contributes to your personal identity will allow you to determine where to focus your job search and land a position where you can thrive. Do you desire a career change or advancement in your current career? Are you dreaming of a move to another location, a simpler lifestyle, or furthering your education? How do these hopes and dreams translate into the type of position you are seeking?
Once you’ve achieved a focus that feels right, the following strategies are time-tested and effective:
- Share that you are actively searching for a job with friends and family in order to get the word out.
- Keep an open mind and conduct informational interviews to gather as much information as possible and leave yourself open to new possibilities.
- Use online resources such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and others; set up job alerts through these sites.
- Brush up on your interview skills and polish up your resume.
- Focus on building up your self-confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills.
A new year, a new you, and your energy and enthusiasm will go a long way in making your professional dreams a reality!
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