It may seem like it’s months away, but believe it or not 2018 is just around the corner, and we’re set on making some personal changes this year! Some people love New Year’s resolutions, and even though others don’t believe in them, here at Rake, we’re always supportive of people who want to set goals and better themselves. More specifically, we think the start of a new year is the perfect time to set yourself up for professional success by creating stricter guidelines for your job search and promising yourself to make a change.

While the holidays are actually a great time to start your job search, many people choose to wait until January 1 to get the ball rolling. Whether you’ve decided to put your job search on hold for the holidays or are simply planning to vamp it up at the start of the new year, a New Year’s resolution could most definitely help you stick to your goal.

Interested in making a New Year’s resolution that will help propel your job search further towards success? Check out these examples for some inspiration:

 

 

You’re probably  thinking, “This is everyone’s New Year’s resolution!” which may be true, but it also has a lot to do with your job search. By staying in shape, you can improve your self-esteem and blow off stress, nurturing an overall positive mindset, which leads to productivity!

If you’re out of a job, it can be hard to create a new exercise routine, as it’s easy to feel like you’re glued to your desk, or trapped in your home office, doing nothing but applying to jobs and networking. By setting a specific time every day to either go to the gym, work out outside, or – if need be – exercise in a different part of the house, you can start to create a new routine to improve productivity and avoid getting caught in a rut.

 

 

Arguably the most effective form of networking, informational interviews involve meeting with an individual you know personally or through a mutual connection in order to learn more about a position or career path. Keep in mind that informational interviews most often have nothing to do with a positive you’ve applied for; they are exactly what they sound like – informational!

That being said, the informational interview is the job-seeker’s opportunity to show off their assets and interest in a given industry without the pressure of a formal job interview. Networking with someone you admire one-on-one is the perfect way to gain knowledge about and potentially more connections to the industry in which you’re interested, and best of all, it doesn’t have to be intimidating! By promising yourself you’ll schedule at least two informational interviews each month, you’re ensuring successful networking and education.

 

 

Staying organized is one of the most effective ways to ensure productivity during your job search. However, it’s also one of the most personal. At this point in our lives, most of us are aware of the conditions under which we work best, and how to organize ourselves. Do you like to make a schedule? Does keeping all of your paperwork in one desk drawer help you feel relaxed? Whichever way you choose, staying organized can make or break your job search.

While we’re sure you’re aware of your own organization strategy, we have an addition that you won’t want to miss. Rake is the ultimate tool to simplify your job search! When you use Rake, you can save jobs (without those messy spreadsheets), prepare applications via to-do list and notes, and keep track of all your applications with reminders. Click here to download Rake now.

 

  • Reward yourself

 

Regardless of what resolution you choose, sticking to it is a big feat, so you should feel free to reward yourself every once in awhile for the great work you’re doing! Therefore, we recommend adding this resolution on to whichever other one you pick. The best part? You can reward yourself in any way you choose! Whether it’s a simple pat on the back, written affirmations, or a steak dinner, it’s important to remain confident in yourself and your job search in order to reach success. It all circles back to a positive mindset and productivity. You got this!


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