There’s no better time than the present to start planning new and exciting resolutions for the new year, especially if you’re a job seeker. If you’re hoping to get your dream job, you should aim to have your resolutions ready to action once the clock strikes 12, bringing forth 2014.
Here are some tips to help you achieve your goals in the new year:
- Be sure of your goals: Now this may seem like a silly question, but do you really know what your goals and aspirations are? It’s important to hone in on these to get the most out of your job search. On the upside, knowing these will also stop you from being trapped in a role you don’t enjoy. Finally, realising these goals will help you decide whether the current path you are on is really where you want to be. Once you have made your decision, your dedication and passion will drive you to succeed, and achieve that perfect role.
- Network to get work: Not only is networking an important tool to find new opportunities, but it will set you apart from others. You should focus your efforts on building your professional contact base and form a habit of following up with them to develop rapport. Finally, don’t forget to catch up with your closest contacts in person for a coffee or lunch, so they can remember your face when a new opportunity arises.
- Pitch yourself in 60 seconds: If 2014 is going to be the year of networking and new opportunities, it is essential that you perfect your 60-second pitch. Ensure that you present all the vital points about yourself, i.e. your skills, experience and attributes, and make sure it’s concise and impactful. You want to make a strong first impression in interviews and upon meeting a contact.
- Have a social media plan: Make sure you use social media effectively in your job hunt; network with potential contacts and organisations. Create a plan by choosing LinkedIn Groups to join, and people to follow on Twitter. An effective social media plan will help you land your next job.
- Create your online personal brand: Your personal brand is what speaks for you when you’re not there to speak for yourself. Your personal brand should reflect your greatest skills and experience. Ensure you have a personal website that features these, whether it be your resume or a portfolio of your work. You should also check that your personal brand is consistent across all social media profiles online.
- Manage Your Time: Don’t randomly apply for every job; not every job will be the right fit for you. Manage your time by applying for jobs that are right for you, and that you would enjoy.
- Volunteer your time: Giving back to the community by volunteering is a great way to stay grounded and positive. It shows employers your dedication, and passion, outside of work hours.
- Stay Informed: Don’t stop learning, especially about your field. If new skills or qualifications are required, don’t be afraid to get out there and hit the books. You don’t necessarily need to go back to university or TAFE; you can learn from others in your industry by asking questions, and picking their brains at coffee or lunch.
- Find time for yourself: You don’t want to burn out early on in the job hunt, so don’t spend the whole day job searching. Take a break, relax, get outside, and make time for the things you enjoy. This will give you more energy to find your dream job.
Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, so make it count this year!
Social Check™ wishes you a very Happy New Year!
May 2014 bring you success, good fortune and more importantly good luck.