Happy New Year!
New Year’s Day is about putting last year behind us and making plans for a new beginning. While it may be a bit corny, New Year’s Day is about making resolutions. If you lost your job in 2013 and you want to start a new one ASAP, here are some resolutions you might consider…
In 2014 I resolve to …
- Make a target list of at least 25 companies that I might like to work for and update it weekly with new information I learn
- Identify and reach out to at least 10 new contacts every week so I can tell them my story and ask if they know anyone I can network with
- Have a human resources professional critique my resume and cover letter for content and appearance
- Write a list of at least 10 accomplishments from my career that I can mix-and-match on my resume based on the job I am applying for
- Identify job clubs in my neighborhood and attend at least two meetings per month
- Ask a friend (or professional) with good typing/page-layout skills to help freshen up my resume and cover letter
- Work as hard at finding a job as I am willing to work at my new job
- Search the Internet for lists of interview questions, then write out my answers to those questions and practice saying those answers out loud
- Keep myself healthy so I can interview more effectively and be a better worker once I land that job
- Stay positive – I will find a job this year that utilizes my skills and helps me to provide for myself and my family
Clearly there is a theme here. Finding a job is hard work – but it is work that is proven to have rewards. The economy is improving. January is traditionally a good hiring month. Let’s work together and get you back to work.
Best wishes for a fantastic 2014!