Why should you consider changing your job search approach for 2013? If you have been looking for a while and haven’t found a position that fits the skills you have and the objectives you have for a career path – now is the time to change what you have been doing. You may think you had a perfect equation - get a great job to make you happy and provide value to an organization. If you have any doubt about what you were doing in 2012, January 2013 is your time to reboot and reorganize.
- Get off the computer and be human. Technology is great and can open doors to applying for jobs that you may not have known about before or companies you didn’t think about. Here’s the problem – sitting in front of a computer will not make you more open to getting a new career path. Join a professional organization, take a class to improve your skills in your area of specialty, or volunteer somewhere to meet people in a similar field.
- Find an online job search friend. Moving from job search engine to job search engine will result in frustration and failure. Check them out and decide which one(s) will be the best for your expertise, skills, and field and stick with those.
- Maximize your network – don’t use it. It’s creepy if you are adding people to your Facebook® and LinkedIn® profiles to get a job. It’s not creepy if you are strategically communicating with peers, colleagues, and previous supervisors to establish ways to communicate with your next potential employer.