The beginning of the New Year is typically one of the busiest times in terms of job competition. Often with renewed budgets, companies and their HR teams start their hunt for new employees. Whether you’ve been job searching for months or if your New Year’s Resolution is to find a new job – the New Year can be a great opportunity for you to boost your job search efforts.
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Here are 3 tips that you can use to help with your New Year’s job search.
Job Search Related Resolutions
Job search fatigue is a real thing – it’s easy to get discouraged when you’re not hearing from places you are applying to. The lack of scheduled interviews, call-backs and even email responses can all contribute to job search fatigue. But it’s important to not give up your job search efforts.
This year try creating New Year’s Resolutions that can help with your job goals. For example, refreshing your resume or updating your social networks – do you remember the last time you updated your resume or your LinkedIn account?
These two important assets can help you become seen and recognized amongst a sea of eager job seekers. Take some time to update your resume and your LinkedIn with new skills, credentials, and work experiences; and you increase your chances of getting an interview.
Another job-related resolution you can make for the new year is practicing for interviews. Though you may find yourself having a difficult time securing interviews – that doesn’t mean that you should stop practicing for them!
Filled with a combination of excitement and nerves, interviews are your opportunity to shine and show hiring managers that you are an excellent fit for their team. Make it your goal for the new year to be an interview pro! So, instead of excitement and nerves you’ll be full of excitement and confidence. Learn more about how to prepare for your next interview here.
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New Year Networking
The importance of networking cannot be overstated – it’s an amazing skill that can give you an upper-hand against an ever-growing pool of competitive job seekers. So, in this New Year, you should try to reflect on your personal network.
Although growing your network is important, you must keep in mind that maintaining and developing professional relationships can help you find success in your job search. In this case, quality prevails over quantity.
The people in your network can provide you with valuable pieces of information and having the ability to grow your relationships gives you an opportunity to learn from their unique experiences. Therefore, for the new year, try reflecting on your current network. Identify which individuals you want to reconnect with so that you can re-develop your relationship with those individuals.
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Learn A New Skill
With technology and industries advancing at rapid pace – it’s important to keep up with the times. Not only is automation, machine learning, and other advanced technologies making it easier and safer for us to work – it is creating new jobs and new skillsets that employers want to see. Try to learn new skills or boost your knowledge on certain tools and programs so that you can help prepare yourself for future trends in your industry.
You can find courses on LinkedIn Learning that can give you certificates if you successfully complete the required assessments. You can then add these certificates to your own LinkedIn profile to show your network your newfound skills and achievements.
There are plenty of other ways to earn these types of micro-credentials all over the web – Google Digital Garage is a great example. Learning a new skill and continuing your learning can help you stay ahead of the curve, giving you an edge over other job seekers.