Career Planning Expert’s Tip of the Month – February


New Year Resolutions to Fast-Track Your Job Hunt

It’s finally here, 2009 has arrived! This will be the year that your New Year resolutions won’t just get the year off to a great start; they’ll get your life off to a great start. As a college student, you’re probably starting to feel the excitement—and the pressure—of what comes after graduation: your career.

And now is the time to start building the network that could help you launch and maintain an exciting and successful career in any industry. For your New Year resolutions, here are three tips that will put you way ahead of the game in your upcoming job search.

#1 – Write More Correspondence
Write more correspondence, both online and off. Although email has become the default method of communication for both personal and professional relationships, email correspondence is not the only way to communicate. In our technology driven age, a personal note delivered via snail mail has more meaning than ever before. Taking the time to write paper correspondence will make an impression on any contact.

As people become busier and busier, just taking the time to write an email to someone will leave a nice personal surprise in their inbox. Let them know what’s going on with you, where you are in your life, and what you’re looking for in a job. Make all kinds of connections, even with those people outside of your desired industry. You never know where or how you might make that career-making contact.

#2 – Spend More Time Online

You read that right – spend more time online. There are so many great online resources that allow you to stay in touch with people you know, reconnect with old contacts, and make new ones. Establish profiles on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and other social media sites. Through these media, you can engage people who work in your desired industry and maintain valuable connections

Blogs are another great way to find useful information and resources as well as make new friends and contacts. In fact, you can even engage recruiters and other industry professionals through their blogs. When it comes time to fill a fantastic position, they’ll already know who you are and how to get in touch with you.

#3 – Volunteer More in Your Community
Volunteer more in your community. Not only will you feel good about making a contribution, you’ll be exposed to other people that are motivated to do the same. Volunteer and community organizations often involve people that are doing great things in their own lives and have the time and motivation to give back. Volunteer organizations are an ideal way to meet new people and thriving professionals in your area that could lead to a valuable connection down the road.

~ The Résumé Girl, Lauren Hasson, Career Planning Expert, Campus Calm

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