Tuesday, January 05, 2010
New Year, New You! It’s 2010, and it’s time to set new goals to transform your year and your career. If you’re looking to land a promotion, a new job, or make a career change this year, consider these five career resolutions:
Resolution #1: Get Your Resume in Shape
Is it time to wipe the dust off your resume and give it a fresh new look? 99% of resumes aren't as strong as they could be! Write a resume that focuses on accomplishments rather than descriptions. Focus on numbers, data, and achievements, and highlight what makes you an accomplished candidate.
Resolution #2: Quit the Bad Interviewing Habits
How do you kick those bad interviewing habits that drive recruiting directors crazy? Arrive 10 minutes early, give a firm handshake, dress professionally, and smile to gain a positive first impression. Do a couple of mock interviews before the real thing, so you can polish and hone your answers. Think about your strengths and weaknesses, and don’t try to trick the interviewer. Being a perfectionist or “working too hard” are not valid weaknesses!
Resolution #3: Learn a New Professional Skill
By learning a new skill you make yourself more marketable, beef up your resume, and gain great talking points. Take a computer class or get up-to-speed on the latest in social media. Attend industry conferences, learn another language, or become the expert in a niche topic. Learning a new skill is an effective and impressive way to position yourself for success.
Resolution #4: Spend More Time with Family and Friends to Beef Up Your Network
How can you use your network to land a great job? Most job openings aren't posted, and more than 60% of candidates get a job through networking. Spend time with your friends and family, and let them know what you’re looking for. Ask if they have friends or colleagues in your industry of interest who would be willing to set up an informational interview with you. You may be surprised with how many connections your Uncle Phil has!
Resolution #5: Stay Positive about the Job Search
The job search can be long and frustrating, and it's easy to come down with a serious case of the job search blues. The first thing you need to remember is that you’re not alone. Millions have been affected by the shaky economy, and few people consider a gap on your resume a red flag these days. Set small goals each day to work towards, and celebrate small achievements to keep you moving forward.
Best of luck in 2010!