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How to make good on your New Year's resolution to land a new job

Start off 2015 with a serious search for a new position.

How to make good on your New Year's resolution to land a new job

Is it your resolution to get a new job in the new year? This can be a good time to reassess your career and decide to take a different direction. Here are six ways to make good on your New Year’s resolution to get a new job.

Get your personal brand in top form

Make sure your personal brand is consistent across your résumé, job sites and all social media platforms that you use, says Cheryl Hunter of The Hunter Group. Over time, you may have made changes to your online profiles that make them look outdated or inconsistent, so see that someone doing an online search for you will get the same useful information no matter where they find you.

“Focus on what you provide and what problems you solve,” Hunter says. “Break down your current accountabilities into a list of skills and competencies that would be required in your new position or career, and connect the dots for those who would hire you.”

Brush up on your interview skills

If you’ve been at your current job for awhile, you may have forgotten what it’s like to sit in the hot seat. Research job interview tactics and questions, and consider practicing with a friend. Going in with the right attitude can make all the difference, says career coach Anthony Gold. “It starts by shifting one’s mindset from ‘this company has what I need — the job’ to ‘this company needs what I have to offer.’”

Target employers — of all sizes

One of the best ways to find a job is to pick out some target employers and then conduct research to find out more about them, says Donna Shannon, president and CEO of Personal Touch Career Services and author of “How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy.” “However, most job seekers can't think beyond the large corporations in their area,” she says. “A good deal of the jobs available come from medium-to-small businesses.”

Prepare yourself

If you’ve been marking time at a job that you’re not engaged in anymore, you may have forgotten what makes you tick. “I can't tell you how many times I chat with candidates about past work experience and their eyes go glossy,” says Trevor Lamson, senior recruiting consultant at Connected Recruiting Ltd. “You need to refresh your memory with what you have done. Read over your résumé and know simple answers to questions about your past experience.”

Get some help

It can be intimidating, but having someone help you along the way can make all the difference. “Find a mentor, build a mastermind group or hire a coach,” Hunter says. “Don’t step into uncharted territory alone; make the journey with someone with experience in undertaking this large step.”

Be realistic

Changing jobs can take a lot of work, and like any New Year’s resolution, it will succeed only if you keep trying over time. “Know where you want to go, or at least have ideas, and then decide if the position you are considering will get you to where you want to be,” Lamson says. “Do not overthink it and when in doubt, a simple pros/cons list can go a long way!”

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