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New Year, New Job

The beginning of each New Year is a great time for career reflections and resolutions.

Kizzy Preston

January 06, 2015

New Year, New Job
The New Year is already off and running. Are you prepared? The beginning of each New Year is a great time for career reflections and resolutions. Here are some tips to help you accomplish that goal and find the job - and career path - you really want.

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Make a decision about what you really want out of your career. Have you set new goals for your career, such as finding a new job? You can do this by the following the next step, asking yourself questions to examine what you really want.
Ask Yourself Questions-

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Ask yourself questions, such as: • What type of work do you enjoy doing?
• How has your college major prepared you for the job market?
• What type of salary do you realistically need to live comfortably?
• What shift do you want to work, and how many hours do you need per week?
• Are you willing to travel?
These are all great example questions to ask yourself so you can become clear on what you're looking for before you begin your job search.
Search what jobs are currently hiring. Utilize job search websites like Monster to search for your next job by job title or keyword. After doing some digging, you will find out what is required for the type of job you really want.
If you don’t have enough experience for the position you want, you could search for internship opportunities in your field. You can find them by searching Fastweb or through your college’s career services office.
Your Resume and Cover Letter-
Once you decide on the jobs you want to apply for, it is important to have a polished, targeted resume and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter are what earn you an interview with a potential employer. It is important that you have a resume that is error free, and focused. Hiring managers receive hundreds of resumes and cover letters. Within a few seconds they want to know what your education and experience are, and how your skills can translate to the position they are hiring for. Be certain to highlight your relevant experience for each job you apply to.
If you are fortunate enough to be called in for an interview, that is your time to really show what an asset you will be to that company. Be sure to dress professionally for the interview, even if the company itself has a laid back atmosphere. Arrive on time for your interview, and be patient when waiting. Be courteous to everyone you meet at the company because you never know who can affect the hiring decision. Come prepared with a copy of your resume and at least 3 professional references. Be sure to send a thank you note to anyone you interview with.
The Job Offer-
Once you receive a job offer, be sure that you have all of the details before you officially accept. Ask your potential employer questions, such as: • What is the starting pay?
• When do benefits begin?
• What hours will you be working?
• How often will you need to travel?
• How much paid time off do you receive each year?
If you need any days off for previously scheduled appointments let the hiring manager know before you begin working. Always ask for an offer letting so that you have, in writing, the agreed upon terms for your new position. If you follow the above tips, you will be well on your way to working a job you enjoy in the New Year.

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