If you've been reading my posts for the last few weeks -- or applying for jobs -- you already know that full-time hiring grinds to a halt during the holiday season.
If it was hard to get responses to resumes in September, it's nearly impossible in December. The good news is that business picks up again with the start of the new year. Take a break from job hunting this month and, while you're enjoying the holidays, set yourself a few new goals for 2012. Whether you're looking to advance your career or just looking for a job, here are a few new year's resolutions that will help you get there.
Update your resume
If you've been following along with my tips over the last few weeks, you've already done this -- congratulations! If not, read
our post about easy resume fixes and fix up your own.
Reach out to your network
If you took my advice last week, all you have left to do is click "send." If you haven't done it yet, that's okay. Take a few minutes to make your list and draft an email. If there is only one thing you do to advance your job hunt in 2012, reaching out to your network should be it.
Learn a new skill
If there is a certification or computer program the jobs you want often ask for, aim for that first. If you do clerical work, make sure you have mastered typing, data entry, and Microsoft Office. If you're already well qualified for all the jobs you want, take a look at jobs a level or two above your own and see what new skills might come in handy. Or learn a new language -- language skills are useful in every field.
Refresh your interview wardrobe
The day before interviewing for your dream job is not the time to discover your best suit no longer fits. Try on all your interview clothes to make sure they are clean and pressed and fit properly. Buy new items as needed. Looking professional at an interview is always a good investment.
Say yes to new job possibilities
Even if they aren't what you were looking for, simply being employed will make your hunt for the right job easier and will make you more desirable to other employers.
Follow these tips, and 2012 will be a year of new job opportunities.
Carissa Doshi is a business writer and the president of Gen Y Media Group. She gives career advice and blogs about her experiences on www.carissadoshi.com. You can also follow @CarissaDoshi on Twitter.