Ending 2014 Successfully. How to Prepare for the New Year

December 12th, 2014

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season and put your job search on hold until the new year. However, taking this approach can cause you to fall behind. Instead, use this time to polish yourself into the ideal candidate and begin creating a plan of action to start 2015 off strong.

5 Ways to Prepare to Find Work in 2015

Ready to take your career to the next level in 2015? Use the end of December to tackle the following five initiatives sure to get your job search off to a promising start in the new year:

Audit Your Online Presence

Do you have privacy settings enabled on your social media accounts? If not, it’s time to either put some in place or clean up your accounts. Employers search popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to learn more about you. If you’re posting content they don’t like, you won’t get hired ─ it’s that simple.

Seek Professional Resume Advice

Your resume could be holding you back from achieving your full potential. Consider hiring a professional writer to review it and make really work for you. As resume writing experts, they know exactly what hiring managers want to see and they’ll rework yours to make it stand out.

Commit to Networking

Often times it’s who you know that gets you the job, as people want to hire those they already know and like or who come highly recommended by a trusted reference. Vow to make new connections in 2015 by going to at least one event per week and maybe even joining a professional organization.

Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

If you’re going to attend networking events, you’ll need to learn how to sell yourself to your new connections. Practice explaining your background and the type of job you’re looking for in 15 seconds or less. You can’t expect to receive a recommendation for a job if you’re unable to articulate your strengths and objectives.

Set Actionable Goals

Make your job search a priority. Decide now how much time you’ll commit to it each day and hold yourself accountable for achieving this goal. It’s easy to become distracted and lose focus, so commit yourself to staying on track.

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