Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year when lots of people decide to stop smoking or lose weight or get more exercise. If you’re looking for a job, any of those resolutions could help increase your  chances of success. But another one that you should add to your plans is to find at least one tip from my book that you haven’t tried yet and see if that helps you gain access to the  career you want.

There are many tips I could choose, but I’m going to highlight a few of the ones that are stumbling blocks for some people. Overcoming them can be the difference between landing the job you want or coming up short.

TIP 7. Conduct as many information interviews as you can. Information interviews help you determine if a particular career is right for you, give you ideas about where job openings can be found, and expand your network. Some people find it hard to pick up the phone and “cold call” a stranger (or even an acquaintance) to ask for some of their time to have an information interview, but my book tells you how to do it more easily. . .and what to ask when you get the opportunity.

TIP 16. Don’t overlook government jobs. Every town, city, county, state, and country has employees in a wide range of career areas. Typically, government jobs will have good benefits, and they often provide a reasonable amount of stability. Many government organizations have special programs for college students and new college graduates. It doesn’t take too much research to find some of them. . .and my book provides links to job search pages for every state as well as some federal programs.

TIP 29. Go to talks given by local business people. The hard part of this is not finding and attending local events, it’s using those events as opportunities to network. I provide suggestions that will help you start conversations and promote yourself.

TIP 32. Do volunteer work. Giving away your time when you need to find a job may seem like the wrong thing to do. But there were quite a few news stories that came out just before Christmas focusing on recent research about the positive role that volunteering can play in helping you find a job. In a future blog, I’ll look at some of that research in more detail.

TIP 49. Treat your job search like a job. You’re unlikely to succeed if you just spend a few hours a week looking for a job. If you want to be successful, you need to work at it eight hours a day, five days a week, until you reach your goal. The tips in my book (and in this blog) will give you plenty of ideas of what to do and how to do it.

Oh, by the way. . .Happy New Year!