A new year is a good time to make dreams and wishes turn into reality. For those who want to change something about their career, here are a few things to keep in mind:
If you don’t have a job
The job marketing is improving, but far from great. You will need to work hard and be patient. That said, several of my clients found new jobs in December, which is normally a slow month for hiring. Keep the faith, and keep looking.
My number one recommendation for anyone currently looking for work would be to review all of the tools you are using. Start with networking. Is there anyone you haven’t contacted or anyone you need to follow up with? Next, give your resume and cover letter a second look. Are both documents selling the points that employers want to see? Finally, be ready when the phone rings. Practice your interviewing skills
If you have a job
Be ready for change. Companies will continue to lay off employees, often without warning. That’s the bad news. What’s good? Some companies are hiring, and a few are even paying higher wages. The trend for the past five years has been small raises or no raise at all. The only way for most people to get a decent increase in pay is to find a new job. Be ready if someone comes to you with an opportunity. Better still, make your own opportunity through networking and applying for new positions.
If you are a student
While the news is also slightly better for college students (more jobs, slightly higher wages), it’s still not good. How can you stand out in a competitive market? Be aware of the professional skills that you are developing in classes, projects, and internships. When you look for a job, present those skills in your resume and during interviews as something an employer should value.
Whatever your career status, take some time over the next week or two to prepare for whatever 2013 will bring – good or bad. The more you prepare now, the more likely you will be happy about your career on January 1, 2014. Happy New Year.