New Year's Job Resolutions for Job Seekers




The new year brings expectations and feelings of hope and renewal, all of which can be extremely beneficial as you focus on your career goals.

And if you are looking for a new job right now, it might help to know that the first quarter of the year is typically considered the best time of year to find a new position.

Whether you are looking to move up in your current field or want to find a whole new gig, making a few resolutions for the new year can help jumpstart your motivation. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions to help you on your way to finding a great job in 2021!


Update Your Resume

In today’s candidate-driven market, you probably know someone who landed a great job just by word of mouth or simply being in the right place at the right time. First, review your resume for any necessary updates that should be included and add those details in. Then, ask someone you trust or a career coach to review your resume for holes, unnecessary lingo, and areas for improvement.


Spruce Up Your Skills

Search through job descriptions to see what employers in your field are looking for and determine if your education and skills are a match. If not, take an online class so you can stay ahead of the curve and be more hireable in your intended field. Professional development will enhance your resume and show potential employers that you have a growth mindset and are willing to continually grow your skills.



Target Specific Companies

Just as you should seek a job that you will truly love, it is important to target companies that will be a good cultural fit for you. Create a list of the companies and check their job postings often. If you think you are particularly well-suited, consider reaching out and “cold emailing” them about employment opportunities.


Practice Interviewing Skills

Good friends and networking contacts can be invaluable in helping you hone your interviewing skills. The simplest way to prepare is to create a list of common interview questions and answer each question out loud. The more you practice, the more you will be prepared to respond during an actual job interview. It is important to practice out loud so you can get used to verbalizing your answers and become more comfortable speaking.


Prioritize Mental and Physical Health

Physical health makes a huge impact on mental health, and the right mindset is essential if you want to succeed in the difficult and often disappointing process of finding a new job. Make a resolution to keep your spirits up and focus on your health as you job search this new year. You will likely spend most of your job search sitting in front of a computer or on your phone as well, so take frequent breaks and get moving!


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