The new year is a time of thinking about what’s passed and what’s to come. Many people use it as an opportunity to create new resolutions and goals, particularly when it comes to personal relationships or health. But what about career resolutions? Here are some of the best resolutions you can make as a job seeker in 2020.
- Tighten up your resume: Make 2020 the year of your best resume. Consider consulting with resume writers to ensure that your resume follows the best practices for reaching and making an impact with recruiters. You can also review it to make sure that it’s up to date and includes all relevant experience and any new or recently earned certifications or additional experience.
- List your dream companies: A new year is a great time to get perspective, reflect on the past, and plan for the future. Many people take the time to design “vision boards” in their personal life to help give a definitive shape to their goals and aspirations. Consider creating a list of your dream employers – who you’d love to work for based on their culture, products, or anything else you align with. This can help you refocus your efforts and time in your job search, as well as eliminate the applications that don’t meet your new standards and criteria.
- Build your brand: Taking the time to focus on what you’re communicating in your online persona is vast. Are you taking advantage of LinkedIn features to the fullest? Getting endorsements and sharing relevant content can help build your brand and credibility as a future employee. Curating your content on other professional or social networks can also play a significant role in shaping the narrative that you are telling employers about yourself before they even meet you.
- Network: For some people, in-person networking can be a source of anxiety, but it’s an essential part of career growth. The new year is an opportunity to get outside of your comfort zone and grow your professional network. Take it slow – if your employer has employee groups, consider joining one and meeting people outside of your department. Try an online networking group or forum. Join a professional group for something you’re very passionate about, not just something that you think is related to your current work. Finding new connections is a great way to further your professional development.
- Connect with a leading IT or engineering staffing organization: IT staffing companies are an underused resource by candidates. Job seekers can utilize staffing services for no cost and no obligation. Our job is to help you find the right fit for your next role.
Are you looking for exciting new opportunities in 2020?
Get in touch with the Open Systems team today. We’re excited to partner with you on your job search in the new year.