How to Jump Start Your Job Search in the New Year

The new year is a good time to assess your career goals and decide if it's time to start a job search to explore internal and external opportunities.  Image Credit: Pexels

The new year is a good time to assess your career goals and decide if it's time to start a job search to explore internal and external opportunities. Image Credit: Pexels

If you are looking for a new job there’s no time like the present to focus on your career goals and identify what’s working and what’s not. With that assessment, you may find that it's time to update your resume and get your job search activities into high gear. That being said, Your Office Mom wants to share some advice with two important tips to help you reach your employment goals. Why these tips? These are often the trouble spots I see when working with young professionals as they try to move on to bigger and better things in their career.

Focus on specific job search outcomes

While coaching individuals, I often find they cast a very wide net in terms of looking at and applying for various jobs. There is a high level of activity but little to no results. Whereas, actively searching for a new role is vital, it’s imperative to narrow the focus, set parameters and stay between the lines.

Take the time to define your desired roles, and research specific jobs, titles, and companies. Targeted job search activity can be a real game changer. Obviously, if you need a job to pay the bills, you may have to take what comes along, but in general, don't waste your precious time throwing pasta on the wall to see what sticks. Know what you want and go after it.

Update your resume to highlight accomplishments

The beginning of the year is also a perfect time to update your resume. Resumes might be nicely formatted but often read like a job description. Look for examples and take your cues from them.

Many resumes don’t adequately focus on significant accomplishments, results or the metrics employers are seeking. Recruiters and hiring managers will likely overlook your submission if you bury your value in a long list of bullet points. Don’t wait until the 4th bullet point to mention your most significant accomplishments! If you were 156% over your sales quota, or reduced staff overtime by 37% in 90 days, or saved $75K by implementing labor utilization tracking make sure that information is high on the list.

When recruiters only spend about six seconds to review a resume, the resume format and content need to be top-notch. So, get busy with your job search activities so you can land the job you want.

Do you have some other tips to add? Please comment if you do!

Good luck!

xo

YOM