Keeping Job Search Resolutions
The New Year brings hope and promise and a fresh chance to reinvigorate your career search. If you're like most people, you've made resolutions that you want to follow through on. Sticking to your methods over the long haul is a proven way to get results. Here are some things you can resolve to do that will spin your search in new and different directions.
Don't toss out those holiday cards - they are a great resource with addresses of people you may want to get back in touch with. Respond with a thank you and ask them how their holidays went. The new year offers a great window of opportunity to touch base with people who may not be aware you are searching for a job. Picking up the phone or e-mailing someone you haven't talked to in awhile is easier around this time of year because people are in re-connect mode.
Update Your Resources
Your resources cover everything from your resume, contacts, and wardrobe to books that can help with your job search. Now is the perfect time to check in with your references and to make sure your resume accurately reflects the current you. Use that gift certificate you received over the holidays to upgrade your wardrobe with a new suit or new pair of shoes you can wear to interviews. Check Amazon's New Releases section, Careers category for the latest books for job seekers and treat yourself to one that will revitalize your search.
Chart Your Progress
Try a new way to measure how effective your search methods are. Ask a few friends to check in with you on a weekly basis with a phone call or an e-mail, and resolve to tell them about three positions you applied to that week. Sometimes we can be our own worst critics, and it's hard to recognize our own small victories. Friends will encourage you and keep you from dwelling on rejection.
Volunteer Your Time
Part of a successful job search is occupying your time and volunteering can open up avenues to connect you with careers. Maybe there's a field you have been interested in and accepting a position as an unpaid helper will give you a behind the scenes glimpse at how it works. If you already have experience in one area there could be opportunities to volunteer your services as a mentor. Great resources on the Web for those interested in volunteering include www.volunteermatch.org and volunteer.monster.com. When you are volunteering, it's important to remember the saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know." You never know who you might meet when you put yourself out there.