It’s a New Year and a new you! Take this year head on, and try to accomplish more than you ever have before! Other than the usual resolutions like losing weight, take on a professional resolution to improve your career path! To get started:
- Search within your niche: Make this New Year the time to search within your specialization. . Basically, reflect on the years of experience you have built over time to help narrow your search. Try to hone in on positions that will help you maximize the use of your unique talents and skills.
- Improve your skills: If you are truly happy at your current position, then you can always improve your skills to make yourself even better at the same position. This is the easiest way for you to stand out from your fellow co-workers. The goal is to improve your resumé, so look around to see how you can enhance your current skill set.
- Go outside the box: 2013 is all about how you can stand out from the rest. The market has become so competitive, and it’s easy to get lost among the other candidates. Instead of sticking to the traditional way of attaching your resume and cover letter within an email, try to go beyond your “safe zone”.”. Try Googling creative resumes to get the juices flowing! Some really creative ideas we have seen are a YouTube video clip as a resume and even the use of an infographic.
- Culture is everything: Once you have narrowed down the companies you are interested in, , try to learn and understand the culture of the company. In 2013,more than ever before, companies are starting to develop their own character. Learn their character and culture of the companies you apply to, and utilize this knowledge to make yourself stand out and show why you believe it will be a good fit. That being said, before you apply, take the time to learn the company’s core values and make sure they fit with yours!
- Search and networking: Since the boom of social media, everything has become searchable. This is a great avenue to help reconnect with lost relations and begin networking for your new career. Therefore, you should make a huge effort to be on Linkedin and other platforms to start making immediate connections, and then, you can continue to grow from there.
Are you not one of those people who makes resolutions? Try to make one this year because you never know when or where you will find inspiration.
Out with the old, in with the new! Happy New Year!