Losing weight and saving money are good New Year’s resolutions. But job hunters should consider resolutions that will speed their search and help them land a good job. Here are 3 resolutions to suggest for a happy new year and a happy new job.
- Pinpoint what you want to do. “I’ll do anything” is a time waster in the job search. Why? You spend hours applying for jobs that don’t suit you. Employers want workers who match their needs. So figure out what you are good at and what your skills are. If you need help making this determination, use the U.S. Department of Labor’s MyNextMove.
- Go beyond online job applications. To improve your chances of getting hired, use active search techniques, such as networking and contacting employers who may need your skills. By using these methods, employers may hire you when an opening becomes available. Plus, you’ll avoid the stampede of applicants responding to online job ads.
- Tailor your resume to the job. If you take the time to tailor your job search materials to a job opening, employers can easily see why you are qualified. Be sure to add keywords, which are the specific skills and experience you possess that employers want.
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