It’s no coincidence that your New Year Resolutions coincide with the best time of the year to search for a new job. According to Wisebread, the beginning of the year is one of the the best times to begin your job search.
There are many factors that make this time of year the best for your job hunt. Winter is the time of year when the most decision makers are in the office at the same time. These decision makers often work together to make hiring choices. This is also the time when many companies tend to pick up the office work that slowed down in December. And many companies get their new budgets in January, which tends to be when hiring decisions can be made with confidence.
If you haven’t already started sending your resume out, don’t hesitate any longer!
What resolutions are you making for your career in the new year?
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If you need inspiration, you can see our list of Career New Year’s Resolutions.
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As you begin to make your resolutions for 2016, don’t forget to include your job search.The new year is the perfect time to commit to actions that will make positive changes in your career.
If you need some assistance with your career resolutions, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started:
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5 steps to make your career dreams a reality before the end of the year:
1. Get focused
The summer is a tough time to spend inside job searching. Who wants to sit at a computer all day when you could be swimming with your friends or taking a vacation? In autumn, school starts back up, people go back to work and the majority of those distractions disappear. You’ll be able to focus better and hopefully land a new job in less time.
2. Have a current resume and LinkedIn profile
Go into your autumn job search armed with a truly stunning resume and LinkedIn profile—one that will fill you with confidence! Have a professional review and rewrite these documents to make you stand out from the crowd.
3. Create a clear, concise and understandable elevator pitch
Break your basic elevator pitch down into three parts:
4. Build a networking strategy
Recruiting budgets start to shrink as the end of the year approaches, which means that more job openings will likely be filled through employee referrals or networking. Meet new people online and offline to learn about unadvertised job openings for which you might be a good fit.
5. Manage your search proactively
Documentation and follow up are the keys to any successful job search. Create your own job search log or use the job search log template that Excel offers to make sure you are documenting every single activity you do to land your next position. Once your documentation is completed each week, you will be able to see who you need to follow up with to move you closer to your dream job.
A recent study examined how today’s hiring managers evaluate candidates. As predicted, relevant work experience and skills are the most important aspects of a resume for hiring managers. 74 percent said the most important factor in hiring is the interview. Surprisingly, only 18 percent of hiring managers ranked cover letters as important, being outweighed by the interview, resume, references and soft skills.
As millennials take over management roles, they are relying on a broader set of methods for getting to know potential employees – candidate’s level of education, schools attended and GPA (27%, 13%, and 16%, respectively). With this set of hiring managers, the cover letter paragraphs about passions and key skills seems to be fading out.
So will a cover letter hurt you? Bloomberg points out that 55 percent of hiring managers said typos were the biggest turnoff, so why risk a typo when a cover letter is unlikely to help you land the job?
On the other hand, if you have a stellar cover letter, you may stand out as one of the few people still sending them.
Where do you stand on the cover letter debate? As a job seeker, do you still send them? As a hiring manager, how much weight do you place on these in the interview process? Leave your opinions in the comment box below.
Finding the right career – one that is rewarding, meaningful, and enjoyable – is one of the most challenging things a person will ever do. With today’s tough job market, it’s important that professionals find their competitive edge. An outside opinion can be helpful to guide you in times of uncertainty or in moments for motivation.
The Ladders points out that a career coach can help job seekers handle everything from resume consulting to interview training. Choosing the right coach can not only help you land a great job, but ensure it’s the right fit, giving you the long-term success you desire.
Here are some things a career coach can do for you:
Expert Career Advice
Before you launch your next job search, a career coach will act as an advisor to determine your skill set and long-term goals. Then they will help you come up with a strategy to achieve your goals.
A career coach will review your existing resume and provide tips on how to improve it. They can also review your LinkedIn profile.
Job Interview Training
A career coach can help you formulate responses to match your personal branding, so you’ll know how to answer difficult questions.
Do you feel stuck in your career? Do you want greater professional success? Career Coach Deborah Sakelaris is known for her exceptional personalized career coaching programs focused on client’s very unique needs. Her only focus is about getting real results and going above and beyond traditional routes to help you achieve your career goals. Contact Deborah today to learn more about Career Coaching.