10 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Land a New Job

land-a-jobWith this year coming to an end, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. And if you’re looking for a new job in the new year, here at Doostang we composed a list of job search resolutions all job seekers should take to heart.

1. I Will Apply to More Jobs

This is logical – the more job applications you submit, the greater the chances that someone will actually review your resume, invite you for an interview, and offer you the spot. Creating simple rules for yourself, such as “I will apply to at least 3 jobs a day” or “I will average 15 job applications a week” is the first step, so start spending more time on Doostang.

2. I Will Focus on the Jobs that Matter

Don’t just amp up the quantity of job applications, do it strategically. Don’t apply for positions you’re blatantly underqualified for, and – this goes without saying – don’t apply for positions you’re not interested in, just to fill your daily quota. The less time you waste applying to jobs that are out of your league, the more time you will have to focus on the opportunities that really matter.

3. I Will Perfect My Resume

You may think you’ve perfected your resume already, but is it really at its full potential? Doubtful. Remember that your review is bound to be biased and try to look at your resume from the perspective of someone who’s never met you. Can a stranger get a good reading of what you can bring to the table? Can they tell what you actually did at your last job? Are all the jobs and responsibilities you have listed relevant?

4. I Will Have Someone Else Review My Resume

A fresh, outside perspective can shed light on things you may have missed in your review, so ask a friend to go over your resume with you. Or better yet, get a professional resume critique and you can be sure nothing gets overlooked.

5. I Will Personalize Every Application

Make sure you personalize your materials to the job you’re applying for. No need to make massive changes to your resume every time, but it is important that the experiences and skills you’re listing are highly relevant. Make a separate list of all of your accomplishments and responsibilities. For every job you’re applying for, go down the list and pick the most relevant ones – those are what needs to go on your resume, the rest you can leave out.

6. I Will Write a Cover Letter for Every Job

Always include a cover letter with every resume you send out. It will give you a better chance to elaborate on your experiences and skills as they relate to the position you’re applying for. And as with resumes, make sure each cover letter is targetted to the job you’re applying for.

7. I Will Come Prepared to Every Interview

Do the research before every interview and get as much detail about the company and the position you’re applying for as possible. Try to figure out ahead of time what kind of person the employer wants to hire for the spot, then show the interviewer that you possess the desired skills.

8. I Will Have Better Answers for the Interviewer

Odds are your interviewer will ask you to elaborate on your employment history. Prepare this summary ahead of time and make sure it supports and enhances everything you’ve listed on your resume. When answering questions, give concrete examples that prove your point. Take some time to think of stories that illustrate some of your strengths: an example of you skillfully handling conflict, a story that shows that you’re a dedicated worker, and so on. Write these down and study them before your interviews, so that when you are, in fact, asked if you’re a team player, you can not only answer affirmatively but have a supporting story ready as well.

9. I Will Prepare Questions for the Interviewer

Don’t forget to have a list of insightful questions ready for your interviewer. Ask things that show that you’ve done your research and are eager to know more. Perhaps the most important question to ask is what problem the employer is trying to solve by hiring someone for this spot. Once you find out what the challenges are, show the interviewer how you’re the right person for the task. And remember, this is also your chance to get more details about the position and see if it’s a good fit for you.

10. I Will Always Write a Thank You Note

This is a vital but sadly, often overlooked step in the application process. A Thank You note is your final chance to make your mark on the interviewer, so don’t take this step lightly. Try to send it within 24 hours of your interview and reference some of the things you’ve discussed during the interview so that the interviewer can easily recall who you are. And of course, use the Thank You note to remind the interviewer why you’re right for the job and what you can bring to the company.


And there you have it job seekers, if you take these 10 Doostang resolutions seriously and make them your own, job search in the new year should be a breeze. Good luck!

Wishing you much career success in the new year,
The Doostang Team!

Comments

  1. says

    Excellent plan, but most job seekers, I hope, already know these. These are basics.

    People really don’t write “thank you” notes after interviews or get their resumes reviewed or rewritten, if need be?

    Of course, I tailor my cover letters to each job as it’s obvious when you don’t.

    I was hoping for more substantial advice because, at this point in the game, most job seekers know these.

  2. says

    Excellent plan, but most job seekers, I hope, already know these. These are basics.

    People really don’t write “thank you” notes after interviews or get their resumes reviewed or rewritten, if need be?

    Of course, I tailor my cover letters to each job as it’s obvious when you don’t.

    I was hoping for more substantial advice because, at this point in the game, most job seekers know these.

  3. says

    Thanks for the feedback, Regina. It’s true, these are meant to be basic reminders that all serious job seekers should (hopefully) know by now. But knowing and actually doing are two different things, and this post is meant to be a call to action.

    Of course we all know not to apply to jobs we’re not qualified for or to tailor each application to the specific job, but we don’t do it every single time. How many times do we omit one or more of the things on the list, because we’re tired or it’s inconvenient, or we feel it won’t make a difference just this once. When it comes to applying to dozens of jobs each week, it’s easy to let some of these things slide…but if you’re truly aiming to be efficient in your job search, you CANNOT afford to let any of these things slide.

    So job seekers – do these ten things for EVERY SINGLE JOB you apply for.

    - The Doostang Team

  4. says

    Thanks for the feedback, Regina. It’s true, these are meant to be basic reminders that all serious job seekers should (hopefully) know by now. But knowing and actually doing are two different things, and this post is meant to be a call to action.

    Of course we all know not to apply to jobs we’re not qualified for or to tailor each application to the specific job, but we don’t do it every single time. How many times do we omit one or more of the things on the list, because we’re tired or it’s inconvenient, or we feel it won’t make a difference just this once. When it comes to applying to dozens of jobs each week, it’s easy to let some of these things slide…but if you’re truly aiming to be efficient in your job search, you CANNOT afford to let any of these things slide.

    So job seekers – do these ten things for EVERY SINGLE JOB you apply for.

    - The Doostang Team

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