Conventional wisdom states that 'there's no better time to search for a job than right now'. Historically, January has proved to be a marker for "Hiring Season" as people are hoping for that pivotal fresh start after the winter holidays fade. So, having just waltzed into the New Year, here are 14 Career Tips to ring in 2014 on a high note.
Set the time aside once a week to apply for one job.
Update your LinkedIn profile and build more connections.
Make sure your résumé speaks to these three important things: (1) what did you do (2) why did you do it (3) what was the result.
Thoroughly complete all fields within the online job application.
Connect on social media with the company in which you're applying to.
Select a 'power outfit' for your next job interview – something professional that makes you feel confident.
In a behavioral-based interview, be sure to explain (1) the situation (2) the behavior (3) the outcome – for every question.
The secret to each interview question is to provide a story. Not an answer.
Don't forget about the personal aesthetics for the job interview. Try on your outfit the day before, go to sleep early the night before, and eat balanced meals the day of.
Practice makes [almost] perfect. Role play an interview with a friend or family member.
If you're asked "So, tell me about yourself..." in a job interview, think of your response as a movie trailer. Keep it short, engaging and exciting.
The first three months of a new job is like an extension of the interviewing process. Demonstrate your strengths you highlighted in the interview.
Once you're settled into the new job, identify the high performers and make an effort to learn from them.
Never be afraid to ask questions. It's the simplest, most effective way to learn and grow.