New Year, New Job

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New Year, New Job

What better time to set your sights on new goals then at the start of the new year? Take advantage of this time when motivation is fresh and ambition is high to think about where you stand professionally and where you’d like to go. Are you happy with your current job? Do you wish you could find a new one? One better suited for your skills and ability?

As daunting as job-hunting sounds, landing the job you want can be accomplished through proper preparation and strategy. Read on for some ways to get a new job in the new year.

Make Connections

We’ve all heard time and time again — it’s not what you know but who you know.

Many people have found their opportunities by getting in front of the right people at the right time. The more people you get in touch with and meet, the more opportunities you will get in touch with and meet. Do anything you can to make connections: volunteer, network, join professional organizations and attend events and conferences.

Research, Research, Research

Proper and thorough research is all part of the job — hunt. Start by looking into what skills you feel could be your strong suit in the workplace to determine what sort of jobs you should be searching for. Once you narrow that down, start looking for open positions. Search newspapers, job boards and talk with recruiters. Look around actual company websites for job postings and search on social sites for updates on hiring and company information. Even after you score an interview, the research doesn’t stop. Take time to research the company and your interviewer’s information on their website and LinkedIn to make sure you have a strong grasp of their background prior to meeting.

Polish Your Resume

Before you can apply to the jobs you want, you must make sure your resume is polished and up-to-date. Make sure it’s not only updated, but also free of grammatical errors and has clear and concise formatting. Also, be sure that it’s targeted to the kinds of jobs you want by including the proper keywords. To increase its chances of being read by an employer, include measurements of your performance in past positions to qualify you and your skills. Attaching numbers and metrics to your duties and responsibilities will show your interviewer what you have accomplished and by how much —as well as what kind of results you might be able to bring in for their company.

Perfect Your Interview Skills

Once you’ve done all your research, networking and resume polishing, it’s time for you to prepare for the interview. Start by practicing types of questions you might get asked so you’re ready to impress with knowledgeable, thought-out answers. Also be sure to dress appropriately, arrive early and bring extra copies of your resume. When the interview comes to an end, have a few of your own critical questions ready to show the employer you’re capable of critical thinking and actually care about how the position fits with your qualifications and needs. Once you leave the interview you might be tempted to relax or celebrate — but not so quick! Make sure you send a follow up email or written note, thanking your interviewer for their time and consideration.

Good luck!

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