Job Hunt Strategies for the New Year
As we look to the year ahead, this is a good time to review the job hunt strategies you employed last year. If you are still looking for a job, seeking a new opportunity, or want to make a career change, re–evaluating the strategies you used last year and how best to revise them to reach your job search goals this coming year can help.
Reassess your goals. Did you give yourself an unrealistic deadline for securing a job last year? Were you salary expectations in line with your qualifications? Do you need to consider a different salary completely, or look for employment in another industry or area? Resetting your goals and adjusting your job search strategy to match these may be necessary if you did not achieve job success last year.
Develop a new daily job search strategy. Maybe you did not devote enough time to searching for a job last year. Reevaluate your job search plan and determine if there are areas where you can improve and readjust accordingly. If you’ve been looking for a job for months and have yet to get a response, it’s time to switch gears. Many job seekers think that it doesn't make sense to send out resumes during slow periods such as holidays. This is not true. Hiring happens all the time, and if you stay on top of your daily job search you can make progress.
Build your personal brand. Branding is important for anyone seeking a job or looking to advance in their career. Defining how you want to be perceived to potential employers is an important part of the job search process and it will influence every step of the job hunt. Everything from what you wear, how you present yourself, to your knowledge and your network will define you as a brand. Take a look at your brand image and determine if it needs to be refined in the new year.
Continue to network. Networking is still one of the best ways to secure a job and you should plan on investing more time towards this critical step in the job search process in the coming year. Industry events, trade shows and conferences offer fertile ground for networking. Attend them. Attend career fairs and job seminars. And continue to tap into your career network.
If you do not have a mentor, enlist one. Mentors make excellent resources, can help guide your career choices, or open up doors for potential interviews. Look to people in your network who you feel could be instrumental in your job search, and seek their counsel. This could be anyone from a former boss or colleague, a college professor to an individual in a field you wish to enter.
Stay visible through social networking. If you did not capitalize on social networking as part of your job search last year, do so this year. Join networking forums like LinkedIn where you can connect with companies and hiring managers through affiliated associations or direct outreach. Ask for informal meetings or assistance. Keep informed about association or group events that may be taking place.If you are not registered with us, register today at America's Job Exchange and begin to achieve your job search goals now.