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Almost the New Year, and none too fast in my view. 2008 has been a painful year for many of us and it will be refreshing to “wipe the slate clean” and start fresh. Looking for a new job can be challenging even in the best of times and the New Year is the perfect time to reassess your approach to finding a new job. Like everything else in life, too many goals (resolutions) will lead to failure, so let’s keep the list short and make them count. I’ve listed a few suggested job search New Years’ resolutions to get you started, but you should make a list that works for you.
- Review your approach (marketing campaign) – What’s worked well and what has not? You should refocus your approach and spend more time on what has worked well (while not abandoning other strategies). As an example, if you’ve gotten a better response from contacting employers directly, then allocate more time to this activity.
- Review and revise your Resume – If you’ve been looking for a job for any length of time, you’ve probably already figured out that you either need to revise your resume as you go or have several versions targeted to specific jobs. You should also make sure that your resume includes all of the important key words that will ensure your resume shows up in a search for your industry/profession. Now’s the perfect time to revise your resume if you haven’t already done so.
- Refresh your Network – The New Year is the perfect time to send “Happy New Year” emails or notes to the recruiters you’ve been working with along with a revised copy of your resume. This reminds them that you are still available and a revised resume may help in the process. The same holds true for the rest of your network. While you might not need to send your resume, just sending the “Happy New Year” note is a great way to stay connected (and it’s a nice thing to do as well).
- Refresh your Job Boards – While you should be refreshing your resume at the top job boards every week (best online job search sites), the New Year is the perfect time to do this if you haven’t been diligent. “New” resume postings are looked at by recruiters and companies first.
A few job board sites for your review (can’t have a post without a few links!).
- Lycos Classified – Similar to Craigslist, Lycos has classified ads for jobs. While you will want to refine the search. Clicking on the link will list every job on Lycos including “Female Vocalist Searching for Experience Band” which may be what you are looking for, but doesn’t work for me. You can refine your search by entering a zip code or city at the top of the page. That still yields over 63,000 jobs for New York, but you can further refine your list by using Job Title, Category, Employee Type, etc. on the left-hand side of the page.
- Google Base – Jobs – Where there’s online classified advertisements, there’s Google. Google also has an online classified tool to use for job search (click the link at the start of this paragraph). Google’s is easier to use in that the refinement criteria is at the top of the page. The initial search returns over 2 million jobs, refining for “finance” in zip code 10019 (NY) returns over 6 thousand full time jobs. You can further refine the search by using Google’s refinement criteria.
- Washington Post Jobs – The Washington Post has a very good job site. Unlike Lycos and Google, you can post your resume. There are tabs at the top for “Find Jobs”, “Post Resumes”, “My Account”, “Get Advice” and much more. A search tool is available on the main page and career events and job advice are easily accessible as well.
- The New York Times Jobs – Do you remember the commercials for the NY Times Classified – “I got my job through the New York Times”? The NY Times Jobs site is a partnership with Monster. The main page is cleaner and easier to use than Monster (and does not have all of those annoying ads every few clicks). You can search by keyword, category and location from the main page. You can post your resume and there is an impressive list of resources and advice available through this site.
On the lighter side . . .
Good luck in your search.