Refresh Your Job Search In 2013

Refresh Your Job Search In 2013

Have you been searching for a new job for a while now?  Hard isn’t it to keep up that energy?  But there will be new and exciting opportunities in 2013, if you can re-energize your quest. Here are some tips to help you refresh your job search.

Update your image and your attitude.

What would really give your confidence a boost?  How about a new hairstyle or should you considering a new style of dress?  What kind of change could you make as an out ward sign that something is different in 2013? You could make a change to represent the new you and your new approach.

Work hard on your commitment to positive thinking and your self-belief.  If you catch yourself thinking negatively, stop in your tracks, catch that thought and flip it over in mind. Think of yourself as not so much looking for a job as looking for an opportunity to add value. You know that given the right opportunity, that is exactly what you will do. Think every day about the benefits that you will bring to your new employer.

Revamp Your CV/Résumé

An important step in every job search is to equip yourself with a CV that really sells you, your skills and your abilities. How good is your CV?  Take time now to check it and remember this CV is just a baseline that you will tailor for each new role.  Here is some guidance on preparing a CV to be proud of; http://wisewolftalking.com/2012/07/26/job-search-part-4-writing-that-winning-cv/

Consider new options

Maybe now is a time to think about quite radical new options.  Changing careers isn’t easy. But nor is it as hard as you might imagine. I’ve done it four times in my life successfully. I’ve enjoyed the different careers at the time and I really was successful in each one. For me, there came a time to consider new options. Changing in this way has allowed me to come to terms with a changing economic environment and each new direction has built upon the experience and knowledge gained in the last one. Here are some thoughts for you to consider on the process. http://wisewolftalking.com/2012/10/17/changing-careers-part-3-deciding-whether-to-make-the-change-a-checklist/

Find New Ways to Network

Social media in particular gives all kinds of new ways to find new people to network with.  Are you making the most of sites like LinkedIn?  Are you approaching social networking in a professional way – here is some advice http://wisewolftalking.com/2012/01/06/using-social-networking-to-help-your-career/   If you just want to brush up your general networking skills – here is some more general networking advice http://wisewolftalking.com/2012/11/15/job-search-networking-asking-friends-for-help/

Find yourself a coach

A Career Coach will work with you on all the practical aspects of applying for jobs.  The coach will help you to look at your achievements and results so far and how you can build on them to make your next career move work out well. A good coach will help you build your confidence and maximize your chances of landing the right role. (I am happy to offer a free one hour coaching session by phone or Skype to readers of this blog.)

Even though looking for a new job is a big challenge now, with a positive attitude and the right tools and support, I know that you can be successful in 2013.

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com