Job Seekers New Years' Resolutions for 2021

Jan 17, 2021

Goodbye 2020, hello 2021!
For most of us, 2020 had been a challenging year. The beginning of a new year brings a time of reflection, closing one chapter and opening other, moving forward with feelings of hope and renewal. It is a time where many resolve to change an undesired trait, accomplish a personal goal or improve our lives with a new years resolution.

After a tumultuous year, finding a job is high on the list of resolutions for many.  This kind of attitude is great for those looking to focus on a change in their career, as it can help kick your motivation into high gear! 

Did you know that the first quarter of the year is typically considered the best time of year to search for a job? 

Check out these ideas that can help support your New Year's resolutions when it comes to your job search: 

1) Update or Upgrade Your Skills

Look through the job descriptions of roles you are looking for, and see if your education and skill set match. If not, ask yourself what can you do to get yourself closer to becoming qualified for the job you desire. Professional development enhances your chance of landing the role and shows employers you are continuously taking the initiative to grow your skill set.


2) Clean Up Your Social Media
It's very easy to post exactly what you are thinking on your social media...but do not do this! 
When job searching, being mindful of what you share on social media is incredibly important, since over 70% of employers look at a candidate's social media profiles before hiring. Your social media should be clean and professional. Consider the golden rule: if the topic is something you wouldn't be happy for your boss to know, don't say it on your social media. Take an extensive look into what you have posted online and clean up anything that does not follow that standard.

3) Update Your Resume
While every resume should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for, a general template is always good to have updated with your skills and job experience. If it's been a while since your last update, make sure all of your skills, job experience, any courses you have taken, and overall language has been carefully looked over.

From here, you are ready when finding that perfect job and will just have to tweak a few minor edits to better match that specific job listing.


4) Practice Your Interview Skills

Rehearsing is one of the best ways to prepare for a job interview. A mock interview with a professional, such as one of Centre for Skills Employment Specialists, is one way to learn and practice interviewing skills. Doing research online for preparation tools and questions that may be asked can be very helpful as well. 
 To learn more job search tips, use our resources or to book a free appointment with one of our Employment Specialists, visit: 
http://www.centreforskills.ca/Job-Seekers/Overview
 

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