New year, new job, new you

Five articles to help with your end-of-year job-seeking motivation (or lack thereof).

by Taylor, published 12/27/2013
new year job search The new year is an opportunity to start fresh, to begin again and to reinvest in yourself. And despite common myth, it's also a great time to find a new job. To help you get a fresh start in the coming year, this week's roundup brings you five articles to help you jump start your career in 2014.
  • New Year, New Career: How to Land Your Dream Job in 2014. Business News Daily: “Determine what your career goals are before beginning the application process. While many people may think they can do everything, flexibility is not the right answer when determining job-search goals. Having targeted, focused and specific job goals will help ensure a successful search process. Tailor résumés to specific positions, and include keywords from the actual job posting. Your accomplishments and skills should match the requirements set in the job description.”
  • 11 New Year's Resolutions That Will Jump-Start Your Career. Forbes: “Quit your job/get a new job. Consider this one if you feel stuck, you hate your boss or your company, or there’s no opportunity for growth and you have skills that match needs in the marketplace, Willyerd says. ‘Take matters into your own hands and look for a place or a role where there’s buzz and excitement.’ If you’re simply unhappy with your position or responsibilities—seriously consider a new role within your current company, Meador says.‘Instead of looking for a way out this year, it may be worthwhile to focus your efforts to creating a plan to stay. An internal move is usually an easier and quicker way to achieve your career progression goals. You have an advantage at your current company because you are a known entity.’”
  • 5 Reasons The Holidays Are The BEST Time To Look For Work! Huffington Post: “January and February represent the strongest hiring period of the year.New projects, initiatives, and budgets are put into place and hiring generally skyrockets at the beginning of the year. Although not every January can promise a boom in the marketplace, by actively networking and positioning yourself as a valuable and enthusiastic candidate, you'll be well on your way to getting that all important call for an interview at the start of the New Year.”
  • 10 Ways To Maximize Your Professional Impact In 2014. Business Insider: "Integrate the share economy into your income stream. Businesses such as Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and TaskRabbit have shown in a big way that you can supplement your income — even derive your full salary — from utilizing the spare-capacity economy. It is only a matter of time before more goods and services are used for their full productive value such as clothes, boats, planes, and who knows what else. If you’re looking to earn extra income, think about how you might be able to turn your home into a bed and breakfast when you’re not in town or your car into a taxi when it’s sitting in your driveway on a weekend afternoon.”
  • Holiday Job Hunting Myths. Business2Community: "Budgets vary from company to company, but rest assured that if there is an open position that needs filling, the business will make this happen regardless of the time of year. There is no truth to the idea that companies will try to shortchange you as they hire you at the end of the year. In fact, many organizations are actually able to offer more money, as they may have wriggle room in their budgets as the year winds down. If you’re tempted to hold off on your job hunt until 2014 rolls around, resist the urge. It’s just as easy to find a job that pays well now as it will be when the new year starts. Just make it a point to stay organized and stay on a hiring manager’s radar in order to land yourself a terrific new opportunity as this year comes to a close.”
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