How your New Year’s resolutions can help you find a job in 2014

It’s estimated that over 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Are you one of them? If so, is finding a job or changing jobs one of your resolutions?

There are many elements to a successful job search. You need to identify the industries you’re targeting, use the best job searching resources (networking, online job boards, job fairs, etc.) and develop your resume and interviewing skills. Managing an effective job search can be a New Year’s resolution in and of itself. But if it’s one of many you’re making for 2014, don’t feel overwhelmed. The other goals you’ve identified can actually help you complete your resolution to gain employment this year.

Exercise: It’s a myth that your job search must be a 24/7 undertaking. This approach leaves you burned out. With less energy you’ll be less likely to catch typos on your resume, schedule networking meetings, find jobs to apply to or present the best version of yourself during an interview.

Take breaks and get some exercise that suits your interests. Anything from walking the dog to attending a Zumba class counts. Make time away from the job search a purposeful and planned part of your day. You’ll return to the task feeling more motivated.

Eat healthier: Sugar highs aren’t a myth. It’s tempting to munch on cookies or chips while scrolling online job boards. Instead, opt for healthier snacks like fruits, veggies or nuts. Trade in the energy drinks for water. Healthier eating provides more energy to focus and accomplish tasks efficiently. Your waistline – that has to fit into that interviewing suit – will thank you, too.

Become better organized: An organized job search is a successful one. Develop a system for keeping track of people you contact, jobs you apply to and what actions require follow up actions from you.

Have you wondered how much “job search time” you spend browsing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? There’s an app that can track that! In fact many apps exist that can help you become more organized.

Volunteer: Wanting to help others makes many people’s New Year’s resolution list. In addition to the knowledge that you’re making a difference in your community, volunteering provides many tangible benefits to job seekers, too.

Learn something new: Current students achieve this goal through their courses. But all job seekers can find ways to develop new skills and interests. If you’re currently working, look for professional development opportunities through your company’s human resources office.

If you’re not employed, consider taking a course to develop a particular skill that you could market to employers. If you’re afraid of public speaking, now would be a great time to conquer that fear. Computer skills are always in demand. Doing so can be free or relatively inexpensive. Check local community organizations and library branches for seminars and classes.

Be less stressed: Reaching many of the above goals can help you achieve this one and obviously securing employment relieves a lot of stress. Conversely, stress can be a barrier to keeping a resolution. Simple actions like stretching and deep breathing can relieve in-the-moment stress attacks. Additionally look for other ways to eliminate unnecessary stressors.

When it comes to keeping resolutions, statistics aren’t on our side; only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Beat the odds and strive to make 2014 your best year yet!

Happy New Year from CPCC Career Services.