New year, new beginnings. And every year, you always have this mindset of changing your life better than it used to be. Most people set goals for their careers at the start of the year only to give up on them halfway. This is very common these days, especially it’s even harder to achieve them with the pandemic that’s still happening. But you can’t simply wish your way to a more fulfilling career. If you want to make a change, you have to plan out how to achieve them and work your way up there.
It’s time to stop the cycle of making resolutions and not achieving them. Below are some tips and tricks to make your job search goals come to life and land your dream job this new year.
Set your goals.
Be specific about what your goals are, why you want to achieve them, and how you want to pursue them. Doesn’t matter if your goals are long term or short term. Write them down on a piece of paper and post them somewhere that will help you get reminded of. The key is you shouldn’t be afraid to set ambitious goals for yourself. These goals can make you look forward to working harder than you’ve been for the past year, but also not beating yourself too much when circumstances come along your way and the goals you set didn’t happen just yet.
Upgrade your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Although I assume you have updated your resume just before 2020 ends, try to go back and read your resume again and see if you could upgrade it a little bit more. It’s much better to always look and revise your resume than nothing at all. The same goes for your LinkedIn profile. Review your profile and see if it reflects your most recent accomplishments and experiences. While your resume is a hard copy version, your LinkedIn profile is your online resume.
Spruce up your skills.
The best way to do so while waiting for a job call back or still looking for that dream job is to upgrade your skills or learn an in-demand skill that interests you. This helps you stand out as a candidate so that employers could see that you are not just mainly focusing on getting hired and just applying for jobs around. Pursuing professional development shows a commitment to learning and taking extra steps and initiative to excel in your career.
Expand and strengthen your network.
Research and reach out to professional associations or alumni organizations in your industry and attend virtual networking events that could help extend your network. Most virtual events are free so take advantage of them. Reach out to new contacts on LinkedIn as well and ask for recommendations from your past workplace, trusted colleagues, and friends. Don’t stop nurturing ties with the professional contacts you already have.
Don’t give up.
Don’t get discouraged. Don’t be scared to revise your goals as months go by. Don’t beat yourself too much when they didn’t happen just yet. Remember, setting your goals and achieving them takes time. Be patient. Continue networking. Keep applying to other jobs that interest you.
Don’t forget to maintain a positive attitude. Listen to motivational podcasts, read books, journal your goals and stay productive. Claim that 2021 is yours with a winning mindset. Best of luck in accomplishing your job search goals — and achieving all your other 2021 goals!