New Year's Resoultions | Winter 2012

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Job Seekers

by Taylor Cotter | StudentAdvisor.com

Whether you’re a college student, college grad, or trying to get your footing in a new career, the beginning of the New Year is a great time to make some active changes to become a better job candidate. Try these three easy and free tactics to jumpstart your job search in 2013!

Get a LinkedIn Profile

By creating your LinkedIn profile, you take an active step to finding a career in what has become a social job market. Optimize your profile for recruiters and networkers alike: use specific keywords to describe exactly who you are and what kind of job you would like. Join groups related to searching for jobs or your professional industry. If you don’t have a lot of industry experience, show what of your other experiences would contribute to being a great employee.

Get an Internship

Getting an internship can be almost as competitive as getting a full-time job. However, especially if you’re in college or looking to change industries, an internship is the best way to test the waters of a certain career. Today, more than ever, interns are coming to companies with an array of different experiences. Don’t be afraid to dive in and try something new!

Find – or be – a Mentor

Friends and family can be a great support system when you’re job searching, but nothing can beat the guidance of someone else who has been there. Working a professional mentor in your industry will help you gain the skills you need to apply, interview and present yourself, and can often provide a network of connections. A great way to find a mentor is via social media – reach out to those you admire in your field via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn! Once you land a job, remember to give back and help out those who ask.

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