Job Search Resolutions

As the calendar page turns over to January, people take stock of their lives and make plans to make changes. Lose weight. Exercise more. Read more. If a new job is in your plans for 2017, you might benefit from these resolutions.

1) Be specific. This actually applies to any New Year’s Resolution (or to any resolution at all). Lose weight is not a good goal. You need to set a target, a timeline, and have a plan. “Get a job”, while certainly a measureable goal, is not a great resolution. What kind of job? In what industry? Can I do this in a year?

2) Take stock. If you know what kind of job you want, and you know the industry in which you’d prefer to work, you need to look at where you are. Are there skills that you need? Is there an educational requirement you don’t meet? Do you have to have a criminal records check or pass a fitness test? Could you pass those requirements? Is geography an issue? (There aren’t too many fisheries jobs in Saskatchewan.) You need a starting point as well as an ending point to plot a course.

3) Make plans. You know where you are. You know where you want to go. How are you going to get there? Break your goal into smaller goals: education, skills development, job search strategies, making connections, etc. Henry Ford said, “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” I don’t know how true that is, but I know that smaller tasks are earier to complete than larger ones, and that success creates momentum. Accomplishing one small thing makes the next thing a little easier, and several small things add up to one big thing.

4) Make time. Making changes takes time. You can’t get fit without time sweating. You can’t get an education without time learning. And you can’t find a new job without time looking. Whatever form your job plan takes, it’ll take time. You’ll need to set aside that time, whether it’s for networking, searching job boards, or getting your skills or education where they need to be.

5)Measure twice (or more). Check your progress. Things will change as you progress. You may have to reevaluate. This is why you made your plans: so you can track your progress and adjust for success of failure or unexpected complications. Resetting expectations is not failure. Sometimes it’s just being realistic.

Whatever your plans, hopes, and dreams are for 2017, we wish you luck. If your resolution is to find a new job, we’re here to help. Call, email, or visit us, and let’s get started.

Happy New Year.