This time of year everyone is making resolutions. And for those of you looking for a new position, it’s likely your resolution is related to your job search.
But what should that resolution be? To simply “be more successful” or “do better at my search”? No. Generic resolutions like this will take you nowhere.
That’s why I like this list of 5 Job Search Resolutions I recently read in a UK publication. I always find it insightful to read the views of those who live in a different culture, and I find their list to be very applicable to Americans.
Their 5 is as follows – which one will you adopt?
Be visible. Woody Allen once famously said that 80% of life “was just showing up.” Take that adage to heart during your job search by going to industry events, showing up at job fairs, or having lunch or coffee with other professionals in your industry. All are “information gathering” exercises, and the more data you have, the better your chances of landing a great new job.
Figure out your elevator speech. If you have 60 seconds in an elevator with a hiring manager, how would you make your case for a new gig? Progressive recruiters advise framing your pitch in 30 seconds or less, and to always have your social media handles ready to give to anyone who can help you with a job lead.
Give your resume a makeover. When you target an industry, make sure to find specific examples of good resumes (most recruiting firms have good samples on their websites) and study them. “This is especially important if you’re looking to switch industries, since there is no standard resume that is used across the board,” Progressive says.
Leverage old contacts. Catch up with old friends and contacts to mark the new year. They may have a job lead for you to follow.
Never quit. Getting a great new job is all about sinking your teeth into the job hunt but never letting go until you have a new employer. “Even if you haven’t had luck in the past, try to keep a positive mindset,” Progressive recruiters say. “It might seem cliche, but persistence really is key.”