I Resolve… to Get a New Job

Dear, Anita,

After being in a job that I’m not happy with, after much soul searching, I decided to quit and get a job I love!  It’s been a few months and I didn’t get many interviews during the holidays. Do you have any advice now that everyone is back to business? I’d love to start the new year out in a new job.

Dear, Shooting for the Stars,

I certainly don’t recommend quitting one job before getting another, but what’s done is done. Let’s start with a fresh approach.

Your CareerExplore Your Options.  What about your last job(s) made you unhappy? What tasks did you enjoy the most? To figure out what your dream job looks like, take advantage of some useful self-evaluation tools on  O*net OnLine, an occupation resource website sponsored by the US Department of Labor/ Employment and Training Administration.  Under Advanced Search, you can explore occupations based on your interests, skills, work values, and more. “Know thyself,” as the ancient Greek philosophers recommended. You don’t want to end up in another job where you’ll be unhappy again.

Résumé Review. Take a good look at your résumé. If it hasn’t been working so far, it may need a tune-up – minor or major. Review my post Reasons for No Résumé Response, have a colleague give you feedback, or bite the bullet and hire a professional résumé writing service like CareerPerfect to communicate your skills and experience in the best possible light.

Networking – Social and Traditional. If you’re an introvert, push yourself to do one networking task a week. Go to the chamber of commerce mixer or call an old colleague to ask if they know of any job openings. Haven’t completed your LinkedIn Profile? Checked the privacy settings on your Facebook page? Now is the time to make sure your social media presence is employer-friendly, with no embarrassing photos and off-color language. Google yourself; you may be surprised at the odd things that pop up. (Make sure your Amazon Wish List doesn’t contain anything weird!)

Learn a new job skill. If your newly discovered career goal requires upgraded skills, sign up for a class. If the training you need isn’t available at your local community college or job center, there are a myriad of options on the Internet.  While watching random software tip videos on YouTube can increase your knowledge, choosing a course that provides a certificate of completion you can tout on your résumé is preferable.

Create an action plan. You may have a long-term goal of becoming CEO of a company, but it probably won’t happen next week.  While long-range plans are important, it is equally important to break objectives into yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals. This segment from Kababayan Today gives some goal-setting tips for getting a job:

Readers: What is your work-related New Year’s Resolution? Do you plan to jump ship in 2014 and seek a new position? Take our poll above. 

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anthony R. Soto
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 18:43:03

    Anita, please excuse this minor delay in your daily activities, do know you time and advice is greatly appreciated. i am looking for a job (any type of job) i have never held a job before and i have a criminal record. i just filled out the application but i still am lost of what to do since this is the first time that i am looking for a job, i have been incarcerated most of my last ten years and I’m looking to start over for my family as well as myself. any help would be appreciated. thank you…

    Reply

    • anitaclew
      Feb 03, 2014 @ 08:24:37

      Anthony, I hope you were able to learn some job skills during your incarceration. If you can get a letter of recommendation from your supervisor, I would attach this to your resume, as well as testimonials from your pastor or other community leader. Don’t just put their name as a reference, include the letter so there’s a better chance it will be considered. For more tips, check out my blog, http://anitaclew.com/2010/12/16/finding-jobs-for-ex-felons/. Good luck, and keep me posted.

      Reply

  2. retnorobyy2
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 20:58:01

    Reblogged this on retnorobyy2's Blog and commented:
    Are u have job for electrical,,,

    Reply

  3. Calvin Powell
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 11:47:24

    Looking for job

    Reply

  4. Severo Garza
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:14:28

    Thank you Anita,still searching for that equal opportunity.

    Reply

  5. Pl
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 05:56:49

    Thank you! Great insights about looking for a job – while you have a job…2014:It is a new year with infinite possibilities…rah!

    Reply

  6. yolanda jackson
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:56:07

    i have a question what does core group mean.that what this lady told me to come to work everyday so can be part of core group

    Reply

    • anitaclew
      Jan 07, 2014 @ 13:40:22

      Yolanda, a “core group” means a small group of indispensable persons or things. Congratulations on being part of this trusted group of regular employees!

      Reply

  7. Devin White
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 08:52:53

    Hey , do you have any available jobs ?

    Reply

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