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New Year’s Resolutions for a More Successful Job Search

By Amanda Clark | Small Business

New Year’s Resolutions for a More Successful Job Search image iStock 000011469034XSmallNew Year’s Resolutions for a More Successful Job Search

As you ring in the new year it’s important to keep your eye on the goals you want to achieve during 2014. If you are currently looking for a new position, you may want to focus some of your resolutions on revamping your job search. But what, exactly, can you do to start 2014 off on the right foot? Below are some great resolutions that you can make to give your job search a jumpstart.

Improve Your Resume

First and foremost, you need to make sure you have a well-written, visually appealing resume on hand. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be brimming with graphics and different fonts and colors—this can attract the wrong kind of attention. Instead of going for pizzazz, a resume should be approached with a refined sense of taste. Simple yet elegant is the best way to go—and this applies to both the format and the content.

Writing the content of a resume is not an easy task, as you will have to present yourself in a way that showcases your experiences, accomplishments, and skills and how you can use these qualifications to benefit your next employer. This nuanced style of writing is something that, if you don’t have time to learn, is best left in the hands of professional resume writers.

Learn How to Target Your Resume and Cover Letter

Having a resume professionally written is just the first step in getting ready to distribute this document. Once your resume is complete, it’s important to tailor it to address the priorities of the different jobs for which you are applying. This means targeting the right skills based upon the job descriptions in which you are interested.

The most important part of the resume to concentrate on is the list of core competencies. In addition to ensuring that the right skills are listed, you also need to make certain that the correct verbiage is used. For instance, some companies use the term “customer service” and others use “customer support.” Make sure that the words you choose reflect those in the job description.

Get LinkedIn

A strong online presence is critical in landing a job on today’s market because it allows you to create higher visibility for your resume. A great way to boost your odds of landing an interview is creating a profile on LinkedIn.

A social networking site, LinkedIn is a website that provides a platform for professionals to showcase their resumes and network. Additionally, as a hiring tool, LinkedIn has become one of the most popular resources for both job seekers, who can access job listings on the site, and hiring managers and recruiters, who can both post job listings and search for potential candidates.

No matter what stage your job search is at, the professionals at Chic Resumes by Grammar Chic, Inc. can help. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can assist you in revamping your job search with the right New Year’s resolutions!

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