New Year! New plan! New vision! New goal! New Resolution! New hope! New dream! New motivation! New opportunities! New deals! New chance! New habits! New thinking! New commitment! New way! New challenge! New beginning! New path! New direction! New words! New mindset! New view! New Thoughts! New direction! New friends! New colleagues! New attitude! New start! New life! New you! New Career focus!
What better time it is to make some Job Seeking resolutions for 2013. I know you may want to lose weight, reconnect with some old friends, and have some quality me time, but if you were unemployed in 2012, the clock has struck and it’s time for some New Year’s Job Seeking Resolutions.
Since most of us reading my blog are job seekers, the number one resolution for the year 2013 is to go out there and land that dream job. Here are a few resolutions you should be making in order to meet that goal.
Goal/Resolution #1: Know What You Want To Do
You must ask yourself what you really want out of your career. Spend some time focused on exactly what you want to get out of your job search. I love January, not only because it is my birthday month, but because it is also a great chance to think about whether you should stay on your current path or switch industries. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re truly dedicated and passionate about your goal and you will be one step closer to achieving it.
Goal/Resolution #2: Strengthen your networking skills and network
As we have discovered, networking is a great way to discover hidden job opportunities and to set you apart from the pack. It’s important to resolve to make 2013 the year you really focus on building up your circle. Please plan to network in person and through social media and make sure to remember to follow-up with your contacts in order to keep them fresh. This way, when a great opportunity opens up, you’re smiling face is the first they imagine.
Goal/Resolution #3: Work on that elevator pitch
This pitch must be perfect. I practice my elevator pitch all the time. Each time I complete a resume, and my client is so excited, I tweak my elevator pitch. My elevator pitch is a live, working, pitch.
Your elevator pitch is the concise way you introduce yourself to new contacts. Make sure you have all the vital information about yourself, but don’t ramble on. You want to make an impression quickly so the conversation can move on from the introductions. This will also be helpful in the interview process, whether it’s in person or through online video, when the interviewer asks you to tell them a little bit about yourself.
Goal/Resolution #4: Get Visual
Visual media is everywhere you look now, from your college friends posting Facebook pictures to your grandma merrily pinning away on Pinterest. Everyone is obsessed with visual media these days, and the job search isn’t much different. If you can find a way to make an impression visually, you’ll be more likely to grab the attention of hiring managers. If you need to update that professional profile, do it now!
Goal/Resolution #5: Just do it, have a Social Media Plan
Social media is an ever-increasing part of daily life. From keeping in contact with friends to networking with potential contacts, social media is an important tool to stay in touch. Make sure you’re not just using social media on a whim when it comes to your job hunt.
Goal/Resolution #6: Brand Yourself
We’ve talked about this in earlier posts. It is so important these days to establish a personal brand for yourself as a candidate in order to quickly and efficiently tell employers what you’re all about. Consider it your elevator pitch for when you don’t have the opportunity to speak to a potential contact in person. You might want to consider a personal website, video resume, or an online work portfolio where you show off your skills. At the least you should make sure your personal brand is consistent across all your social media profiles and anywhere else you can be found on the Internet. Ask me for some other easier ways to brand your resume file.
Goal/Resolution #7: Focus on Time Management
This is where many job seekers lose their momentum. You don’t have time to apply to every job opening, which is good because not every job is right for you. Instead, focus on managing your time by only applying for the jobs you’d really and truly love to have. Make sure both the position itself and the company culture are a good fit. On the same hand, even though online job searching is efficient, you have to get out and offline.
Goal/Resolution #8: Volunteer Your Time
My favorite resolution of them all! If you know me, you know that I love to use stories from my life as examples instead of giving advice. Well almost 22 years ago, I had a new client, who got up every day, dressed, and volunteered her services at the training program that I directed in Camden, New Jersey. I would love to mention her name, because she was so proud of her determination. She just wouldn’t stay home. In the early 80’s, Camden, New Jersey had one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Each day, she would get up and get dressed, as if she had a job.
Well volunteering paid off; she followed up on several job leads that she only heard about because she was volunteering, and eventually became a state employee in the Camden City’s prosecutor’s office. Having a passion for criminal justice and police work, she eventually became a police officer for the city. She was off of her path, got on in, and discovered her passion.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. It’s also a great way to show employers how dedicated and hardworking you are. If you have a gap on your resume, volunteering is a great way to fill it. And if you find a volunteer opportunity in which you can use your industry-related skills, this shows employers you’re passionate even during your off hours.
My dear friend, retired not so long ago with a great pension.
Goal/Resolution #9: Keep Learning
Never stop learning and adding to your knowledge base, but please don’t use attending school as a crutch. If you have more than two degrees, and two certifications, you have too many. Know what skills and qualifications are necessary in your field and got out there and brush up those skills. Take a certification course or even spend some time with someone in a different department to find out how other aspects of the company work. Make sure you never stay stagnant in your career and who knows what doors you might be opening for yourself in the future.
Goal/Resolution #10: Give Yourself a Break
Job hunting is tough, make no mistake. If you spend 100 percent of your time hunting for a job, you will burn out. Don’t forget to relax and take a break occasionally. Make time for the things which are important to you, so you can return to the search refreshed and ready to snag your dream job!
Just in case you are new to my blog, I am a daughter, sister, niece, mother, grandmother, friend, educator, and new business woman. My passion is and always has been empowering people. This passion comes from a deep need to take every wonderful and even every tragic event that I have experienced, as well as, all I have learned from my years of mentoring and supporting others, and use it to help you. I started this blog to give guidance, support, and wisdom to job seekers who want to find heart centered employment that aligns with their life’s purpose. I would love to hear from you, to connect with me on Twitter type (@resume_energy). I also encourage you to join my emerging Facebook community by going to facebook.com and search Kim Gardner, Resume Energy. As always, if you want to talk with me personally about this topic, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as my personal mission remains, to help you establish YOUR career focus.