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Posted: January 03, 2013

Top four New Year’s resolutions for jobseekers

Time to get a career jumpstart

Shawna Simcik

So maybe you took the holidays off from your job search. You rang in the New Year and have made your resolutions. Research suggests that the majority of you likely vowed to lose 10 pounds or spend more time with your family. But why not use 2013 to get a fresh start on your career search as well?

Here are four key resolutions for jobseekers:

1. Expand your social media presence. Many employers are now recruiting directly from social networks such as LinkedIn, so it's vital that you amplify your online presence. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated. Showcase yourself as an expert in your field with an impactful headline and description and searchable key words that reveal the breadth and depth of your experience and skills. Develop a Facebook page devoted to your career and reach out to networking contacts via Facebook and Twitter.

2. Evaluate your employment brand and skills. Are you up to date on the latest technology and new developments in your field? Have you strengthened your employment brand and value proposition – the skills and accomplishments that differentiate you from others and add value to employers? Those with the best employment brand and up-to-date skill set will be most in demand.

3. Get organized. Take time in the upcoming weeks to rearrange your files so they are more organized and efficient. Start by archiving anything you haven't sourced in the last year, back up your hard drive and delete old resumes and files. Leave files used daily closer to you or on your desktop.

4. Reconnect with old friends. The New Year is a great time to reconnect with influencers, hiring managers and those in your personal network that you haven’t spoken with in a few months. Wish them a happy new year and update them on your personal goals for 2013. Tell them how they might be able to help you reach your personal goals and don’t forget to ask them how you can be helpful in their pursuit of their new year’s resolutions.

If you get a head start on your career resolutions now, 2013 will be the year to reach your full potential, ultimate career satisfaction and the year you finally take charge of your career!

Shawna Simcik, MA, CMP is genuinely passionate about utilizing innovative resources and market knowledge to drive organizational, career and individual excellence. As President of Business Leadership for a fast-growing, certified Woman Owned Business, Shawna specializes in Executive Recruiting, Leadership Development and Career Transition. Reach her at. or  To learn more, follow her at @shawna_icc or contact her at 303-865-4400.


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