As the new year approaches, many focus on what they’d like to change or improve in the new year. For lots of us (myself included this year!), this means reflecting on our current employment situation… and how we can do more, make more, and achieve more in the next 12 months.
We start frequenting the job postings at Craigslist and Monster. We start daydreaming about a new office, new co-workers, and extra spending money. And, while I want to encourage all of us to follow our dreams and all that noise, you need a PLAN if you’re going to come close to touching those dreams in the next year.
So, how can you plan to land your dream job?
- Dust off the ol’ resume
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your job search is not working on your resume before you start the job hunt. Before you even open up your browser to search, get out your resume and get it up to date. Of course, it won’t be tailored to the job in question, but having all of your past and present accomplishments detailed in your master resume, you’ll be in much better shape when you find something you want to apply for.
- Don’t apply for everything
Keep your job search targeted. Cast a narrow net and focus on finding the perfect job, rather than finding any other job.
- Know your strengths
One of the most frequent complaints I hear about cover letters is that you feel like you’re bragging. That’s fool’s talk. Take time to think about your strengths. Keep a list, not just of your strengths but of your major accomplishments at work, and reference it whenever you have to write a cover letter. You’ll find it much easier to sell yourself this way.
With these tips in mind, finding your dream job in 2014 will be just a little easier. And, of course, if you feel like you need a little help along the way, you can always shoot me an email. I’d love to talk about how we can get your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn in great shape for your job hunt.