Are you wishing for a new job in the new year? Whether
you’re currently unemployed or want to move up in your
career, finding a new job can be a lot of work. If you want to take
control of your career in 2014, here are three things to put on
your must-do list:
1. Look closely at your digital
All those social media sites mean more of your personal
information lives online. If you think employers don’t look
at your online presence, you’re mistaken. A 2013
suggests 37 percent of employers use
social media to screen talent and, furthermore, one third have
found content that caused them to eliminate the candidate for the
That’s why your first resolution is to take action and
thoroughly review what’s on all your social media sites. You
absolutely must present a professional image because it might mean
the difference between getting your dream job and getting passed
over. Don’t forget old photos and posts, as well as comments
from some of your more boisterous friends.
2. Be a better networker
It’s been said many times over, but networking is one of
the best ways to get a new job. Who you know really does matter,
and the new year is the perfect time to get back in the networking
Your goal is to create a pool of quality contacts, but where
do you start? Use those social media profiles to reconnect with
former colleagues and classmates. Utilize your college’s
alumni association—don’t just join, attend events and
mingle. Look into professional organizations in your area and go to
a meeting. Since you’ll be visiting relatives over the
holidays, chat about your career aspirations and ask if they know
anyone in your field. You’ll be amazed who knows who and how
a simple conversation can lead to a lunch or informational
3. Make your resume shine
It’s that one page of paper that perhaps represents your
personal brand better than anything else, so if you haven’t
updated it in a year (or more) it’s time for a wakeup call.
The content must speak to the job you’re applying
for—that means no cookie-cutter resumes and cover letters.
Each time you apply for a position you should tweak your resume
with care to speak directly to that particular hiring
Don’t be afraid to have someone critique your resume.
The insight can be invaluable. If your resume is looking sparse,
brush up on skills and demonstrate your proactive spirit by taking
an educational class or volunteer at a nonprofit. Remember, you
literally have seconds to pique an employer’s interest with
what’s on your resume, so make every word count.
Good luck and happy job hunting in 2014!