A Resolution Worth Keeping: Find A New or Better Job

by Ron Haynes

New Year’s Resolutions are notorious for being kept … for about 6 days. But there are several resolutions worth keeping this new year. If you’ve “had it up to here” with your job, or if you’re currently unemployed, finding new or better employment opportunities is a resolution you have to WORK for … rarely does a new or better job come searching for you.

There are two tough parts to finding a new job:

  1. Actually finding an open position
  2. Interviewing well enough to get the job offer

Finding open positions

The first step is to decide what it is you want to do. What are you passionate about? What motivates you to do your best work? Back several years ago I wrote an article about how to discover your passion. Those 20 questions are essential keys to helping you discover what it is you love to do.

After you reach a few conclusions about your passion, you’ll have to uncover which companies work in that area. You probably already have an idea but there are other sources and options for finding an open position or which company specializes in it:

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  • Your favorite search engine – Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
  • Your network of professional contacts
  • LinkedIn – allows you to build a network of professional contacts. It’s a great tool for job-seekers (thanks to Janet for pointing out my omission of this resource!)
  • The Ladders ($)
  • Vault.com ($) – Vault has job boards and allows you to research companies.
  • monster.com
  • CareerBuilder
  • Job.com
  • Snagajob (mostly hourly positions)
  • Executive recruiters in your industry – check in trade journals or online
  • Your newspapers classifieds

Learning to interview

Finding an open position is like finding a gold nugget. You better make the most of it when you uncover one. That’s one reason I wrote The Inner View of Your Interview. Interviewing skills are almost non-existent with many candidates but that doesn’t have to be the case with you.

Once you learn how to tilt the interview in your favor and how to say what you need to say so you are the natural fit for the interviewer’s open position (both are covered in the book), you’re in a much better position to get the job offer!

Get started today on your resolution to get a better job!

The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be working at a job you love, one that fulfills you, that challenges you, that you look forward to each and every day. Make part of your resolution to create a personal action plan and stick with it. Don’t wallow in self-pity, get out there and MAKE something happen. It all starts with you and your action!

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 997 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.


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{ 4 comments }

Jack Berger

Great outline Ron, and thanks for the pointers. However…the alternative to this entire post is, “Create your own job.” With so many factors working against us in the employment field today, I couldn’t think of a better time to grab those bootstraps and carve out your own niche.

Dan

Good summary on what it takes to get sorted with a new job for the new year. Nohting like a new job to add to any other fresh starts you have already planned for the fresh year :)

Janet

Good advice for being proactive, but you left out LinkedIn. This is such a valuable tool, and it’s free! I marketed myself on LinkedIn and found a job I really love … and my current employer contacted me.

Don’t feel stuck if you hate your job, or if you hate not having a job. I’ve been in both situations, and it was a temporary thing. I’m proof that you can change careers and find something that you love.

Ron

Ugh! How could I have left out LinkedIn? Thanks for pointing it out, yes, LinkedIn is a fabulous way to make professional contacts. http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronhaynes

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