A new year, a new career! Because you are a job seeker, your resolution for 2014 should be to go out there and get a job. Here are some steps to help you succeed.
Know Your Goals – Take some time and examine what you really want. Think about whether you should stay on your current career path or change careers. If you are passionate and dedicated about your goal, you will be one step closer to achieving it.
Network, Network, Network – Never stop networking. This is a good way to discover hidden job opportunities. Resolve to make 2014 the year to focus on building your network. Whether in person or through social media, make sure to follow up with your contacts and keep them fresh. When a great opportunity comes up, you want them to think of you.
30 Second Pitch – this is your elevator speech, a concise way to introduce yourself to new contacts. You want to make an impression quickly and include vital information about yourself. You’ll need this for networking and the interview process when the interviewer asks you to tell them a little bit about yourself.
Social Media – Join groups so you can add to the conversation or monitor Twitter chatter. Don’t think of social media as a magic wand that will land you a job with no effort. Work it! Keep in contact with friends and your network.
Visual Aids – A picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure your Facebook pictures communicate a professional image and are saying the right things. You might want to consider a personal website, video resume, or an online work portfolio where you can show off your skills.
Time Management – Mange your time by only applying for jobs you really and truly would love to have. Make sure you have the skill set and the company culture is a good fit.
Fill in the Gap – Volunteering is a great way to give back and show employers how dedicated and hard-working you are. If you have a gap in your resume, volunteering is a great way to fill it. If you can find a volunteer role that utilizes your career skills, this shows employers you are passionate about your work even during your off hours.
Keep Learning – Stay current by continuing to learn and adding to your knowledge base. Take a certification course, brush up or learn new skills. Have you kept up with technology? Most jobs require some computer skills.
Kathi Weilbacher is a Career Specialist at the Southwestern Illinois workNet Center, located in the Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo, offering assistance with employment and training. She can be reached at 939-3332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.