We all make New Year’s resolutions – and most of us fail to keep them. But if your resolution involves conducting a better job search, there are several strategies you can use to make sure this is one promise that you keep.
After all, 2012 is just about behind us. If you struggled to find a job this year? That’s old news. It’s time to look toward the future.
And if you follow the advice below, your 2013 job search will be a far more successful one.
Network, Network, Network
Your first career search change? Resolve to boost your networking efforts in 2013.
The best way to find a job today remains networking. By connecting with your sphere of business and personal associates – whether through e-mail, phone calls, or lunch meetings – you’ll dramatically boost your odds of finding hot job leads.
For example, that former boss might be willing to introduce you to a hiring manager at a key company in your field. Your former co-workers might know of past colleagues who are opening their own firms, and might be in need of someone with your talents.
Always be Professional on Social Media Sites
It might sound obvious, but you should resolve to always remain professional when you’re posting to social media sites. Ill-advised comments, racy photos, and offensive jokes can come back to haunt you when you post them on Facebook and Twitter.
Remember, a growing number of companies vet potential employees by checking their social media activity. If your Facebook page is full of pictures of you and your friends getting drunk, or if your Twitter feed is littered with angry comments and offensive jokes, your chances of nabbing an interview from inquisitive companies will plummet.
Treat Your Job Search Like a Job
If you’re unemployed, you still have a full-time job: conducting your career search.
You need to work on your job search efforts just as hard as if you were working on a regular full-time job. That’s how competitive today’s jobs market is.
Don’t spend your unemployed time streaming episodes of Breaking Bad or Mad Men. Instead, spend your days researching trends in your field, connecting with important business contacts, and tweaking your resume.
If you need help finding a job in 2013, be sure to sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our career counselors can help you cut your job search short.