Did you make a resolution to get a new job? Well, you’re in luck, because according to hiring experts, January is the best time of year to get a new job. Companies have their new budgets in place and are looking for the best talent to start their first quarter off strong. So if you want to start the new year with a new career, polish up that resume. (Moneyish)
3 Big Tips to help in finding a new job(From USA Today)
Network, network, network
Maurie Backman: There are lots of things you can do to improve your chances of getting a better job. You can try taking a class or getting certified to boost your skills or work on producing an outstanding resume. But my suggestion is to focus on networking if you’re looking to get ahead in your career.
While it’s important to have strong skills and a solid resume, ultimately, it’s the people you meet and develop relationships with who might play the biggest role in boosting your career. LinkedIn reports that between 2015 and 2016, 85% of jobs were filled through networking.
You never know when one of your contacts might share a new job opening or be willing to vouch for your talent, so be sure to make 2018 the year you work on building relationships and expanding your list of associates. You can do this in a number of ways, whether it’s attending industry events and conferences, reaching out through online platforms and social media, or simply asking your existing contacts for introductions. The more you put yourself out there, the more opportunities you’ll be exposed to.
Improve your skills
Jason Hall: A common refrain from a lot of employers is they struggle to find skilled workers. At the same time, there are millions of Americans who say they can’t find a better job because they don’t qualify. Well, do something about it!
A great place to start is to identify some of the in-demand careers where you live, reach out to the hiring managers or HR departments at those companies, and ask them what kind of training and skills they have trouble finding. Once you’ve done that, go get trained, whether at your local community or technical college, through online coursework, or with on-the-job training such as apprenticeship programs.
This isn’t just applicable to people looking to get into a new, better-paying field, either. If you already have a professional degree, there may be certain certifications or specialties you could add to your education that might make you more marketable and more valuable within the same field you currently practice in.
The big takeaway here is that you can’t sit back and just expect to get more money unless you have something to offer. Take the time to actively find out what’s in demand and worth more than you’re getting today, and then invest in yourself with more training so employers will want to pay you more.
Become a better interviewee
Daniel B. Kline: While some people are naturally good at being interviewed, most are not. You would probably be shocked at how often, back in my days as someone who hired, I would bring in someone with a good-looking resume for an interview and the person would blow it. Sometimes it would be an easily corrected lack of preparation, and other times the person was just uncomfortable with the situation.
If a person had not prepared, I wasn’t going to hire them. Preparing means knowing some basic facts about the company, the job, and the person doing the interview, assuming all of those things are publicly available. If you can’t do that much work, then it suggests to me you probably won’t be a great employee.
In the second situation, where someone is simply bad at being interviewed or nervous, I’m more forgiving, but others may not be. There’s only one way to get better at job interviews, and that’s to practice. Ask your friends to stage mock interviews with you or record yourself answering interviews questions.
You want to get to the point where the information you want to convey is at the top of your mind. You’ll also want to get used to talking about yourself.
Practice may not make perfect, but it will make you better. It’s also reasonable in some cases to tell the person interviewing you that you’re not great at interviews while laying out the work you have done to get better. That shows a willingness to tackle tough work and an ability to gain skills outside your comfort zone.