A new year brings new possibilities and a renewed sense of hope and motivation. Now that the holiday decorations are put away, it’s time to start thinking about the things you are going to do this year to find the job or internship that you want and get the offer. Here are some general tips to help get you started.
- Develop and maintain a positive outlook and attitude. If you have a negative attitude, this can be tough and may require some work on your part. But keep in mind that people want to surround themselves with others who make them feel good. If you come across in an interview as a negative person, even if you are the most qualified person for the job, you probably won’t get it. Affirmations and positive self-talk can work wonders for your emotional well-being (and your job prospects).
- Break down your job search into small, quantifiable tasks.
- Make sure that the goals you set are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) – keep track of your progress daily, weekly, and monthly to help you stay on track (to make this easier, download the Job Search Toolkit)
- Identify someone who will hold you accountable for attaining your goals and keeping your commitments.
- Reward yourself for successes, regardless of how big or small they are. This will help keep you motivated.
Resources to get you started:
- 10 Job Search Tips for 2012 (MSN Careers)
- A Targeted Job Search Could Make 2012 a Very Good Year (Five O’Clock Club)
- Best Job Search Tips for 2012 (About.com)
- Getting Ready Now for Job Search 2012 (Careers Done Write)