The second quarter of the year presents an opportunity to change your thought processes and employ the potentials available to you to land your desired job. It is essential you make a number of career-related resolutions and do all you can to commit yourself to achieving them within the next 8 months.
This year could also offer you the opportunity to take a new approach to your professional life. As such, it may be time to start looking at the things that can improve your chances of getting a new job this year.
Keep Your Present Job
When on the lookout for a new job, it is sometimes tempting to slack and give less than you should at your present job. Try not to give in to this temptation. Be as proactive as you can and complete your daily responsibilities at your present job. While you may not like it, it could be a good way for you to improve your skills (which may come in handy later on) and have a reputation everybody respects.
Write Out All Your Goals
The essence of writing out your goals cannot be over emphasized. Be as specific as possible when you write out your experiences, the skill sets you have, your goals and the companies you’re trying to target for the year. Think of all that you want to accomplish in your career and the changes that are necessary for your goals to be achieved.
At the point you’re undecided as to whether you need to change your job or remain where you are, you may have a number of goals about your future.and that is where you will need to be specific. Saying your goal is to find a new job won’t do much to positively change your mindset. Saying you want a new job with an employer that offers more personal time for employees is better.
Spread The News In Your Network
The moment you start your job hunting, introductions and recommendations on short notice usually come in handy. Do the best you can to reach out to former colleagues, acquaintances and any other relevant person related to the company offering the job you seek. The new year is a great time to add new people to your network and you should also consider attending events related to your career, cleaning up your social media profiles, going through networking sites and knowing new contacts in your profession. A friendly disposition could help bring opportunities to reality this year.
Brush Up Your Skills
If your dream job has a skill that you don’t already have, it’s pretty much fixable. A number of classes are available in an array of fields which can help you build up your skills. Sign up to attend then. If not, you can try to improve your skills by studying yourself. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to deepen the skills you already have or learn a completely new one. Hone your soft skills in such a way that you become more marketable. Look for time to look into the areas where you need to be taught and spend some time surfing the Internet for knowledge or with people that can provide you with information on the skills you need to build.
Build Your Personal Brand
While you may not want a lot of people to know you’re on the lookout for a job, you can still do some scouting discreetly on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter as a way of putting yourself in a good position for your dream job. Your consistent lead on LinkedIn and Twitter should show your strengths. Go through your profiles and revise them in such a way that your strengths are highlighted and any target company or individual can easily see your strong points. Your personal brand should be able to tell people what you do in a professional and simple way. Your brand should also set you apart from people who offer the same services as you do.