It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to set new goals. You may have already made a few goals for your personal life, but setting goals for your professional life can be extremely beneficial as well. Below are 5 job search goals that you can easily make this year.
1. Set goals for the number of contacts you reach out to daily.
The key to a successful job search is to stay active and make contacts; you never know who may be aware of a perfect career opportunity. This means that you need to make as much contact with people as possible. Your contacts can be anyone from neighbors to a former colleague to your mailman. Do not limit yourself as you build your network. Try to reach as many as 15 contacts per week, and remember to send them a follow-up thank you note or email.
2. Change at least one word on your resume every week and re-post it online.
Your resume is your chance to catch the attention of hiring managers; therefore, you should have it posted online in places such as LinkedIn, Monster.com, and CareerBuilder during an active job search. You may not be able to initiate direct contact with every employer, but you can ensure that your resume remains in the fresh recipient box of online search engines and data banks. Edit your resume weekly and re-post it to online platforms.
3. Send out up to 30 resumes per week.
Try to send out 6 resumes per day. This will not be effective if you simply send out generic resumes; each resume you send should be focused and targeted on the specific position or industry. Make your resume worth each company’s time.
4. Do not spend more than 3-4 hours on the internet each day.
It is easy to restrict a job search to online these days, but this may not be the most successful way. Using the internet is only one way to look for open positions. You also need to get out and talk to people. Set up informal meetings with your network. To stay positive and proactive in your job search, you need to create energy around your personal campaign.
5. Create a system and keep it up-to-date.
Make your job search a habit this year. Every time you make a connection, write it down. Every time you send a resume, follow up. Document all of your efforts in a maintainable format that allows you to store the valuable information — even after you land your next position.
These are just a few job search goals to start 2014 off right. Try them out! You may find yourself creating a few goals of your own as the year progresses.