New Year’s Eve is a time to party, have fun, and let it all hang out. January 1 is the day to kick back and recover from a hard night of drinking, dancing, and partying. But, come January 2, that’s when it’s time to hit the job search hard once more!
Here’s something to keep in mind: while few business will be open, the number of job seekers is VERY limited this early in the year. If you want an advantage in your job search, this is the best time of year to be applying for jobs online, as well as in person.
To kick start your job hunt after the New Year’s Party, here’s what you should do:
Sit down on January 2 and make a plan
You’ve recovered from your night of partying, so it’s time to get serious. Sit down and think about what jobs you want to look for, and plan how you will go about looking for those jobs. Think about all of your resources--the internet, newspapers, job agencies, etc. Figure out how you will make the most of each of these resources, and write that plan down. If you can come up with an hour-by-hour schedule of how to job hunt most effectively throughout the week. You’ll find that it’s much easier to get to work once life returns to normal after the holidays.
Update your resume/CV/cover letter
Now is the best time of year for you to improve and update your resume, CV and cover letter. Go over those documents with a fine-toothed comb, and see if there is anything you can do to improve them. Update your resume with any new job experience, add important items to your CV, remove anything unnecessary and check for grammatical errors in your cover letter. With up-to-date tools, you can be much more efficient in your job search.
Create your list of "perfect" jobs
Think about the companies where you would most like to work, and write those companies down. Then do a web search for competing companies in the same industry and add those to your list. Think about the "ideal" job for you, and see what companies can offer you the opportunities you are looking for. Use this time to do research into these companies, and figure out an angle you can use to approach the companies.
Look at your network
Time to look at WHO you know, not just what you know. Look at your list of contacts on LinkedIn, Facebook, or even Twitter. See what people could help you to find a good job opportunity, put in a good word with their boss or hiring manager, or even offer you a job themselves. One of the best ways to find a job is to leverage your network, and now is the time to spend a few hours looking through your social media contacts to find opportunities.
Think about ways to pad your resume
If your resume looks a bit empty, think about how you can improve it in the New Year. Can you sign up for local courses, seminars, or conferences? Can you volunteer your time and skills someplace, or take an internship? Now is when you should plan ways to improve your resume, and you can put that plan into action all year long!
Follow this advice and hit the job hunt HARD in the brand New Year.