In general, I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Too much talk, not enough follow-through.
When it comes to career success, however, finding the job you want takes discipline, determination and perseverance. To stay focused, hold yourself accountable by making a career-related resolution.
These tips will help you stay motivated and jump start your job search in 2011:
- Re-evaluate your priorities. Make a list of your most important career-related goals. Circle the top two and focus on achieving only those most important things first. Leave lower priority activities for later – even if they’ll “just take a minute.” Why? It’s a matter of focus. Doing the things that best serve your career objectives will keep you from wasting time and energy on non-essential tasks.
- Start a new company – Me, Inc. This year, make developing the means of your economic survival and career fulfillment the center of your life. Think of yourself not merely as a person looking for a job, but as a corporation that always acts in the best interests of its survival. Run your job search as a business: learn what’s going on in your market; think of your set of job skills as the products/services you sell; view potential employers as your potential customer base.
- Brush up on hard job skills. Industries, technologies and work environments are continually changing – are you keeping pace? Renew your commitment to education in 2011, ensuring that your knowledge base, certifications and vital job skills stay current.
- Update your 60-second “elevator pitch.” Take a fresh look at your personal brand. Scan your 2010 calendar, status reports, computer files, etc. to determine what you achieved that makes you more employable than you were a year ago. Write down a list of your significant accomplishments and work those into an updated branding message.
- Read to stay current. Make information-seeking a habit. Read one new book per month related to your industry or profession. Go online and find blogs written by industry leaders to stay up-to-date on trends. Scan them periodically to determine which are the best, and then subscribe to those RSS feeds so you automatically receive updates. Information-seeking will not only make you more knowledgeable; it may also uncover new opportunities for employment.
- Join, and be active in, a group or association. Whether it’s a professional group tied to your field, a civic organization like Rotary, or a networking association, these get-togethers provide regular opportunities to meet new people, learn new things and land the job you really want.
- Enlist the help of recruiting and employment experts. At Snelling Staffing Services, we offer a wide range of employment opportunities to achieve your career and personal goals. Through relationships with leading employers in each local community, we provide access to top companies and positions – many of which are not advertised or posted elsewhere. Change your future. Change your life in 2011. Find a job with Snelling today.