New Year, New Goals, New Job

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It’s a new year. If you are considering finding a new job or contemplating a change in your chosen career field, the beginning of the new year is the best time to move forward in your search. Each year, at the beginning of the new year marks the most frequented time to look for, search for, and obtain a new position in careers that align with that individuals personal goals, and new years resolutions. A large growth in people searching on-line job boards, Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, and general applications to targeted companies, and organizations within their preferred industry has marked the months of January and February for the last 3 years.

While we are at the middle of January now let me be the one to confirm what you already know deep down, and that is that this time of the year is the best time to look for a new position. Companies are beginning to open up their budgets now that they have been set for the year, and are finally past the point of playing catch up from the holiday season break, and as this process continues to progress through the end of the month what job seekers will find is that as individuals leave one company to move into a different position or, to a new company overall those positions will become available, and this process will continue to carry on over into February, and sometimes even March or April as those who have been hired to take on new positions do not always work out for whatever reasons.

So what can you do now to ensure that you are selected for an interview at the right company that will see, and value your worth as an employee?

  1. Go Within & Set Your Goals: If you haven’t done this already the new year is a great time to sit down in a quiet place, and really think about what it is that you are wanting to see happen within your career. None of us are meant for stagnation. We are meant to grow, we are meant to continue developing, we are meant to achieve our goals no matter how big or, small they may seem. Belief is the key. If you believe that you will succeed – you will. Sometimes all we need to do is take baby steps in order to keep moving forward that will eventually lead us to the place that we are meant to be but, this won’t happen if you choose to not go within, listen to your inner voice, and allow it to take you to the place where you already know you are meant to be. Listen, and act.

  2. Get That Resume Up To Date: Face it; Some people are just gifted with the ability to create their own resumes that look great, and present themselves in a professional manner that gets the respect of the right hiring managers. If you are not one of those people, There are people like myself who love helping others in their career, and actually really enjoy the process of writing other peoples resumes for them. The key in this is to find a Resume Writer who will speak with you to go over your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and previous experience in a way that presents you in a positive, enlightening light that attracts the right HR Manager to you through your job search efforts. It is not a complicated process, and you will be much further ahead in the pursuit of your goals with an up to date resume that targets your ideal job while highlighting your strengths in a way that makes Hiring Managers want to pick up the phone.

  3. Target The Position That You Want Inside Of Your Resume: As I briefly mentioned in the last section targeting the position that you ultimately want inside of your resume is the best thing that you can do for yourself. What you do when you place those ideal keywords that highlight your ideal position into your resume is you tell hiring managers, and recruiters that you know what you want, and are not afraid to go after it. When you know what you want, and you know why you want it, you express a level of humble self confidence that speaks volumes, and attracts the respect of those who are looking into you in a way that makes it virtually impossible to not pick up the phone to call you, and schedule that interview.

  4. Professionally Draft A Cover Letter: Once your resume is completed, writing your cover letter becomes the next step. Again, you’ve already gone within, you know yourself, you know what you want, you know what your strengths are, you know what you ultimately want to manifest, and you have the self confidence to initiate those changes. Use that inner knowing, and experience to draft an introduction to potential employers, hiring managers, and recruiters that will make them want to pick up the phone BEFORE they even read your resume.

  5. Start A Professional Blog: Are you in a field where you hold an ideal amount of experience, and knowledge that you can place in writing? Are you in Customer Service, Administration, Finance, Real Estate, Marketing, Internet Marketing or, general Management? If you are then take what you know, and place it into writing that hiring managers, and other industry professionals can, and will be wow’d by giving you an even better chance at being contacted by an HR Manager that is looking for someone with your professional expertise.

  6. Make Social Media Your Friend: Many are scared of social media however, if you utilize it to share professional information you are helping your own brand, reputation, and overall industry. Keep your accounts clean but, not shut off to the general population, and don’t be afraid to publicly share posts that further show HR Managers, Recruiters, and others your character, and integrity. The more character, and integrity you show that is real, and honest – the more you help yourself. Shine – Social Media makes shining much easier.

  7. Begin Applying: Once you have the fundamentals down of having a clean but, professional social brand, your resume up to date, and a cover letter that wows potential employers, HR Managers, Recruiters, and other industry professionals upload the resume to linkedin, your blog, and career websites such as Indeed, Monster, and Career Builder, and then make it a daily practice of applying to positions that you truly want, and are confident that you would be able to excel at and make a difference in. Let your confidence shine – not in an egotistical way but, in a way that shows others that you are you, you have experience, you have knowledge, and you can make a positive difference that will further develop the company or, organization to which you are applying both now, and in the long term future.

No one is meant for stagnation. Put an end to that stagnant thinking now, and take a step into your own light in order to come to a place where you can and will run towards your 2016 goals, and make a difference as you do so.

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