It’s no secret the job market is tough. But whether you’ve been unemployed for two months or two years, you can still gain new skills, fill gaps in your resume and network, all the while giving back to your community through volunteering.
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Wendy Doulton knows what it takes to land a job. In her 15 years of experience as a recruiter she’s led talent acquisition teams at Yahoo Media Group, DreamWorks and Google, and now serves as the principal of her own firm, Los Angeles-based Katalyst Career Group. The most recent addition to her résumé? Star of Bravo’s television special “The Headhuntress,” in which she gives struggling job seekers tough love advice and ultimately helps them triumph.
Anyone who wants a new job or a new assignment this year could start with a clear picture of their ideal position – their destination – and then develop a roadmap on how they’ll get there.
It’s 2012, a New Year and time to consider personal goals and changes in your life to make now, so life is better this year than it was last. Let’s leave the personal up to your own devices and plans, but for those of you interested in changing your job or advancing your career, here are 5 ‘simple’ career resolutions to consider.
As midnight approached and the final minutes of 2011 tick-tocked away, what did you pledge to achieve in 2012? According to Psychology Today, losing weight and exercising more are the two most common New Year’s resolutions. Getting out of debt, saving money and going back to school are also quite popular – and honorable – pledges. However, for those beginning 2012 as job seekers, resolutions pertaining to the job search are likely paramount. Here are six resolutions that may help you secure a new position before you even lose the post-holiday bulge.
Despite what we’re reading on myriad blogs this week, New Year’s resolutions aren’t bad – especially for job seekers, recent graduates and college students dealing with our new economic reality. The trouble with resolutions isn’t the resolutions, but lack of preparedness required to make them a reality. Until we know what we’re doing wrong – and what needs to change to get it right – resolutions are just “happy talk”. The turn of a calendar page does nothing to change that.
Unless you’re unemployed, job-hunting eight hours per day is unrealistic. Even if you do have all day to look for work, it can be demoralizing and tiring. Luckily, two hours may be all you need.
If you’re working this week, you may have extra time for Facebook games or for long workouts at your gym. The week between Christmas and New Year’s can be a slow one in some corporate offices – and that can be a precious opportunity for some career climbing and creativity. Yes, you can and should use these dead days to liven up your work opportunities in 2012.
My point is not to completely ruin the holidays for you, though; I actually have some holiday employment hope to share. Last week I was part of a roundtable on Focus.com titled Recruiting: The Year in Review and Predictions for 2012, and during the discussion we concurred on these three trends.
Quit wasting your time on the traditional job boards. The monstrously big career building boards. If that’s where you’re spending a lot of your job search, thinking that’s where you’re going to find your next job, you’re putting a lot of time and effort into a source with a very low rate of return.