Let me begin by saying “Happy Holidays” to you and yours! This is such a wonderful time of the year for so many reasons. One of those reasons is that we usually get to spend some quality time with our family and friends. Another is that there is the opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and set goals for the year that is to come.
For many of my clients and followers, I know that getting the career opportunity of their dreams is one of their goals for the new year. I will tell you that we put much thought into these blog posts in an effort to give you great advice so that you are equipped and ready for that coming opportunity. I also suggest that you follow our LinkedIn page to read the great articles that we share there. The result will be that you are informed and encouraged!
As you prepare for the new year, here are some resolutions to keep during the search for your new career opportunity!
1. I will strengthen my personal brand.
It all begins with self. Invest time in strengthening your personal brand. If you have never thought about your personal brand, then now is a great time to do so. Everybody, including you, already has one. The question is whether or not you are managing yours in a way that is in your best interests. Your personal brand is the image that you project. It is what people know and think of you. Make sure that you consider and polish yours to the extent that you can. Project the attributes that will have you thought of in a positive light and with respect. Project an authentic image that both represents you and will support the career that you are pursuing. Incorporate your brand into everything that you do, including your profiles, your resume, your interviews, and any other areas where you can leave the positive impression that you are managing.
2. I will grow my network.
Networking means developing a broad list of contacts. It includes people you’ve met through various social and business functions and using them to your advantage when you look for a new career opportunity. Your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. The best place to start developing your network is with your family, friends, and neighbors, but don’t stop there. Build relationships with your co-workers, colleagues in your industry, and those you meet at industry gatherings such as trade shows and conferences. Talk with former co-workers, bosses, and teachers. The key to successful networking is deciding to put in work needed to make it work for you.
3. I will join organizations in my industry.
Joining a trade association or groups associated with your industry can help you to land a new career opportunity. Being around people in the industry that you want to build a career in can offer you great networking opportunities, keep you abreast of the latest news and advancements in the field, and can be a great way to uncover hidden jobs.
4. I will continue to strengthen my resume.
While you are out of work is a great time to take classes or gain new certifications in your field. You have the time to do it, and any training that you get will make you more attractive to potential employers. If you’re currently receiving unemployment benefits, you may also be eligible for free tuition for classes and certificate programs through your state’s department of labor. It is a good look to a possible employer that you used the time that you were unemployed in a constructive way. That speaks positively of the personal brand that you are actively and shrewdly managing!
Be sure to add, and keep, these resolutions as you enter 2017. Doing so can go a long way towards keeping you focused and engaged as you prepare yourself for successfully landing the career opportunity that you have been looking for!
Happy New Year!