If you’re one of the millions of North Americans that spent the greater part of 2020 searching for a new opportunity, you’re not alone. As you prepare for a new year and look forward to a fresh start, here are a few ways to start your job search strong in 2021.
Establish Productive Goals
There are a lot of factors affecting your job search that are totally out of your control, especially over the past year. So, to start this year on a productive note, focus on creating goals for things you can control. Whether it’s applying to a particular number of jobs per week, dedicating a certain number of hours towards free online courses per day, or even just reaching out to contacts at target daily. Achieving small goals will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you make solid steps towards progress.
Continue Expanding Your Network
Referrals are one of the most powerful tools you can have in your job search. It’s important to continue expanding your network of professional contacts during your downtime. Write personalized messages on LinkedIn to people at your target companies, join mastermind groups focused on your industry, and even put yourself out there with a social media post. No one can help you land a new job if they don’t know you’re looking!
Cultivate Your Online Presence
In today’s world of social distancing, your online presence is more important than ever. Do you have a personal website featuring your resume and highlighting your skills? It can be a great way for a potential employer to browse your portfolio. If your career is in sales, marketing, or customer service, it can even be beneficial to start a blog!
Take Some Time To Recharge
Yes, it’s okay to take some time off from actively job searching! It’s important that you recharge so that you’re able to fully commit yourself to find your next opportunity. Be sure to soak up time with your loved ones and reflect on what you really want in your next position.
Don’t be discouraged if you’re heading into 2021 without your dream job. Take this time to reset and prepare for a new year full of new opportunities. If one of your goals is to add more job search experience to your arsenal, explore our candidate resources!