It’s a new year, and with a short work week for most hiring managers, job seekers trying to make a career transition should plan now to change up search strategies for 2013. Here are some ideas on four key things you can do differently this year to jump start your job search and put you into your next opportunity.
- Get away from the computer. If you are searching on the internet for positions day after day and posting for numerous jobs, you may be spinning your wheels. Only search Sundays and Thursdays or Mondays and Fridays and change the time frame to ‘Last 3 Days’.
- Join a club. This doesn’t mean a gym. Find an organization that you can participate in and use your current skills while learning new ones. If you are between jobs, employers will be impressed that you are using skills instead of sitting around.
- Make some friends. The new year is a good time to identify places you could meet prospective employers and broaden your social media network. Spend time with people who are able to give you support during your job search and possibly also help direct you towards opportunities.
- Learn a new skill. Evaluate where you need to increase your proficiency, whether it’s technical skills, language skills, or specialized training. Understand what is required for your next job and prepare now to be the best candidate for the position.