How long have you been wishing for a new job? You’ve probably mentioned your thoughts to friends, family, and maybe even coworkers. But now that we say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year, it’s as good a time as any to make those wishes a reality. Make your New Year’s resolution to finally find that new job you want and deserve.
Here’s how to make it happen:
Set specific goals.
Randomly sending out applications might get you a few hits here and there, but it’s not exactly the efficient and effective way to go about your job search. First, think about what you want out of your new job. What kind of team and company do you want to work for? What do you want to have in the new job that you don’t have now? How do your skills translate to a specific role? With these answers in mind, tailor your applications to specific positions that fit your desires and skill set.
Treat your job search like a job.
If you’re serious about finding a new position, you must treat your job search like a job of its own. Be methodical — keep track of every application and remember to follow up. Set a goal for yourself of five, ten, twenty applications a day depending on the time you have available. This persistency will pay off.
Fix up your resume and cover letter.
What better time to brush up your resume and cover letter than when you’re about to embark on the search for a new job? These documents tend to languish for years when we’re not focused on the job market. Be sure to update them to reflect your current position, skillset, and desires. It will make all the difference when you start applying.
Use your network.
Don’t forget to use your professional network when you’re on the hunt for a job. Past coworkers and supervisors, former classmates or professors, individuals you’ve met at industry conferences… these people might be able to help, but they have to be aware you’re looking for a new opportunity in the first place. Put out feelers and see where it gets you. It never hurts to try.
Partner with someone who can help.
You might also consider partnering with a staffing firm that specializes in matching qualified candidates with positions that meet their requirements. You’ll gain access to exclusive job listings that aren’t always available to the general public, and you’ll be able to use the firm’s vast network to find something that suits you perfectly.