Start off strong and don’t let your foot off the gas.
It’s 2019 folks. The new year is a time to celebrate everything that happened in the previous year and to then turn to a whole new year of goals.
That’s when we start making New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I’ll live a healthier lifestyle. This year, I’ll be a better person. This year, I’ll read more books.
Making resolutions is easy to do, but it’s much harder to keep them. Especially when it applies to your job search.
We’re here to help. Here are tips on setting job resolutions you can keep.
- Send Out at Least 10 Applications a Day
This is just a starting point, and you’re more than welcome to send more applications if you want. The idea here is to constantly apply for new jobs. You might not be in love with every job you submit for, but the more applications you’re sending, the better the chance you end up working! To stick with your application schedule, find other people who are hoping to get a new job this year. Band together and hold each other accountable for sending out those applications.
- Join a Networking Organization
Depending on the job you’re interested in, a networking organization could be a professional group, an intramural sports league, bingo night, or really anything where you’re meeting people. It’s important to get out of your house and talk to other people during the job hunt. You never know what connection that next job might come from. When you do join a group, put reminders in your phone for every time there is a meeting so you are sure to attend.
- Learn New Skills
You can achieve this goal by attending classes (online or in person), watching videos online, volunteering, or earning new certifications. At the end of every quarter, tally how many new skills you’ve learned to make yourself accountable.
- Check in With Three Connections a Day
Maybe it’s a boss you worked for years ago that you loved, or a family member working in an industry similar to yours. Checking in doesn’t have to be anything huge or grand. A simple “how are you these days?” or a “happy New Year!” can do wonders to keep you connected. If they’re in your area, see if they’d like to grab lunch.
And that’s it. The key to achieving your goals is to write them down to make them real, and make yourself accountable. Make lists, have your friends track your progress, and put everything on your calendar. You’ll be celebrating in no time.
What New Year’s job resolutions do you have? Let us know in the comments section below.