The New Year can be a time for introspection and evaluation of personal change, especially when searching for a job. Beyond New Year’s career goals, many people resolve to get in shape, eat healthier, or improve relationships. Still others resolve to meet personal, financial or business goals.
It’s a good guess that many readers of this site have finding a new or better job as a part of their New Year’s resolutions.
It was another tough year for job search – continuing the toughest job market in our lifetime for most readers. The past few years also turned many job seekers assumptions of job search around 180 degrees, as candidates began to realize that the old job search rules no longer work today.
To help job seekers revamp their job search, I’ve assembled this list of the Top 25 job search resolutions that candidates might want to add to their New Year’s resolution list:
- I’ll stop blaming the system and accept that hiring is inherently dysfunctional. Rather than complain, I’ll develop strategies to make a broken system work for me … rather than against me. I realize that “It’s Not Just The Economy, It’s Me (sic)” ( see http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/02/job-seekers-its-not-just-the-economy-its-you/).
- I’ll stop spamming my network, and instead learn how to leverage it more effectively … that means no more blast emails of my resume. Instead use some of the more creative and effective ways to message your network – see “Question Of The Week – How should I let my network know that I’m looking for work?” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/04/09/question-of-the-week-how-should-i-let-my-network-know-that-im-looking-for-work/.
- I’ll start a project plan for my job search, instead of merely tracking the resumes I’ve sent – see “Are You Planning To Fail In Your Job Search, Or Failing To Plan?” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/02/23/are-you-planning-to-fail-in-your-job-search-or-failing-to-plan/ for more details.
- I’ll define myself as a subject matter expert, even if most of my day-to-day responsibilities have been more general in nature – because “Subject Matter Experts Rule!” ( see http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/04/24/subject-matter-experts-rule-best-of-recareered/).
- I’ll create a resume that addresses all 4 audiences’ needs. Learn about each audience and their unique needs in “Your Resume’s 4 Audiences” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/05/01/your-resumes-4-audiences-best-of-recareered/.
- I’ll start looking for problems to solve, instead of just looking for a job. Lean how to find those problems in “Would You Stop Looking for a Job Already?” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/27/would-you-stop-looking-for-a-job-already-best-of-recareered/.
- I’ll create employer value statements for my resume – Learn what these are in “Employer Value Statements Make Your Resume Sizzle“ at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/09/employer-value-statements-make-your-resume-sizzle/.
- I’ll show my reader what’s in it for them, instead of writing my resume to show “what’s in it for me”. Learn how to construct a resume jam-packed with WIFT in “Job Seekers – Tell your readers WIFT (What’s In it For Them)” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/17/job-seekers-tell-your-readers-wift-whats-in-it-for-them/.
- I’ll stop writing my resume as an autobiography – and learn make my resume more altruistic in “Do You Recognize These Early Warning Signs of an Egocentric Resume?” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/06/25/do-you-recognize-these-early-warning-signs-of-an-egocentric-resume-best-of-recareered/.
- I’ll start describing what I accomplished, rather than what my responsibilities were – Employers don’t want to read your old job description. See what interests employers in “Experience vs Accomplishments” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/04/22/experience-vs-accomplishments/.
- My resume will describe exactly why I’m uniquely qualified to solve the hiring managers’ specific problems so I can include “3 Things Your Next Employer Will Search For” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2009/12/17/3-things-your-next-employer-will-search-for-on-your-resume/.
- I’ll remember that my resume is one of thousands that the target company receives, so differentiation and “Resume Search Optimization” are critical ( see http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/09/10/resume-search-optimization/).
- I’ll minimize the use of Fishing Resumes – Learn what a Fishing Resume is and when to use one in “Use A Fishing Resume When You Don’t Know The Target Company” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/12/07/use-a-fishing-resume-when-you-dont-know-the-target-company/.
- I’ll stop writing cover letters, instead customizing my resume – There are at least “3 Reasons To Ditch Your Cover Letter” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/11/16/3-reasons-to-ditch-your-cover-letter/.
- I’ll give my reader a clear reason to read my emails, because I’ll remember that my email is just one of hundreds that my contact receives per day
- I’ll increase my network connections and learn how to do more than just collect business cards or Linkedin names to “Make Your Network Links Strong Like Bull” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/07/23/make-your-network-links-strong-like-bull/.
- I’ll start attending some networking events that take me out of my comfort zone, where I’m the only one like me in the room. Learn why this can help in “Job Search Networking Tips – Blend in or stand out?” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/12/02/job-search-networking-tips-blend-in-or-stand-out/.
- I’ll provide value to my network contacts, before I ask for someone’s help to “Achieve Enlightenment Through Networking Karma” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/07/05/achieve-enlightenment-through-networking-karma-best-of-recareered/.
- I won’t depend on my network to find a job, but instead use my network as just another channel of opportunities. Learn about the many job search opportunity channels you have in “How Job Seekers Can Use Opportunity Channels To Find More Interviews” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/06/09/how-job-seekers-can-use-opportunity-channels-to-find-more-interviews/.
- I’ll start working with recruiters, rather than expecting that recruiters work for me. Learn how to increase recruiter effectiveness in “The Inside Track on Recruiters – Top 10 Tips” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/13/the-inside-track-on-recruiters-top-10-tips-best-of-recareered/.
- I’ll send a personalized Thank You note after each interaction with a hiring company. Learn how to leverage etiquette to use it as an additional opportunity to sell yourself in “Top 3 Ways To Write A Thank You Note” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/05/25/top-3-ways-to-write-a-thank-you-note/.
- I’ll remember that my voicemail is one of hundreds per day, so I need to give the listener a compelling reason to listen to it and then call back. Learn to use WIFT to make your message carry the weight you want it to convey in “WIFT (What’s In it For Them)” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/03/17/job-seekers-tell-your-readers-wift-whats-in-it-for-them/.
- I’ll start a program of Online Reputation Management. Learn more about “Online Reputation Management – 4 steps to being your own PR department” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/01/06/online-reputation-management-4-steps-to-being-your-own-pr-department/.
- I’ll start a ResuBlog – Learn how blogging can make you a superior candidate in “Why Every Job Seeker Needs To Blog” (http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/05/06/why-every-job-seeker-needs-to-blog/.
- I won’t give up – Learn “How To Stay Motivated During Your Job Search” at http://www.recareered.com/blog/2010/11/05/how-to-stay-motivated-during-your-job-search/)
Readers … what’s on your list of job seekers New Years’ Resolutions?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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