Wouldn’t you like to start off the new year right? Wouldn’t you like to set some resolutions you can actually keep in 2020? This year, focus on improving your chances of getting that new job.

Forget about losing those ten pounds. (pst, you look great!)

New Year’s Resolutions for the Job Seeker

1.) I will create a personal list of target or preferred employees

If you don’t know what you want, you probably won’t get it–that applies to just about anything in life, including job hunting. When you don’t have a list of target employers, your only choice is whatever jobs are listed on job boards or classified ads. You probably know the best companies in your area. Since you’re already looking for a job anyway, why not target them?

    • Check your potential employer’s website often for new openings
    • Be sure to keep up with the company’s LinkedIn and other social media
    • Search for the company’s name on job posting boards
    • Mention the company’s name specifically while networking

2.) I will be able to tell people what I’m looking for

This applies not only to job interviews but to networking as well. It gives others (not to mention yourself) a clear idea of what you want and need and what you can provide. It should include target employers (specific organizations are better but organizational attributes work, too), target job titles and target duties. Last but not least, knowing exactly what you’re looking for will ensure that you find it!

  • What company would you like to work for? Or what characteristics would your dream company have?
  • What exact job title are you interested in?
  • Why?

3.) I will watch what I do online

We’re more connected than ever and keeping track of your online reputation is more important than ever. Nearly 80 percent of potential employers will punch your name into Google before inviting you to an interview. It’s best to know what they’re going to find.

    • Search for your own name (and variations of your name) on Google
    • Take the steps to delete anything you may not want on the Internet
    • Also make sure that your social media pictures and content are appropriate.

4.) I will accept help

It’s not always easy asking for help, but sometimes we need it. And sometimes it can be just what we need to kick our efforts into overdrive and achieve our goals!

  • Reach out to your alma mater’s career center. They often have job databases and other services to help their alumni.
  • If you’re only dedicating a few hours a week to your job search, consider stepping it up. You may have heard that job hunting is a full-time job in itself, and it’s very true.
  • Reach out to the experts at TalentBridge for resumé advice, career coaching and, of course, to be matched with Charlotte’s best employers! Contact us today!