Was 2016 rough for you?
It might have been a bad year for pretty much everybody, but that is no reason to get down in the dumps. It’s time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and boost yourself into 2017.
It might be that it’s your current job that is getting you down, and that could be right. Nobody likes to be chained to a desk, working hard for a job they despise and getting paid far less than they are worth. 2017 could be the year that you chase your dreams.
It might be that you’ve not yet got a role. It’s time to ramp up your job search and take the fight to your career in 2017.
It all starts with appearance. If you create a scraggly and ungroomed first impression, you’re not going to get the job you want. Purchase a new suit, get your hair-cut and you’ll be halfway there! Don’t turn up to interviews in sweatpants, but be sure to wear appropriate clothing. Remember that it’s quite hard to over dress for a job interview.
Talking of appearance, what about your resume? Your resume is going to be the tool that gets you an interview in the first place, so it needs to tell your story. Be brief, but descriptive and don’t be afraid to be creative. If you’re nervous about this, hire a professional resume writer who can get the job done for you. It’ll be worth it in the long run and you’ll have a solid foundation to build from that could help you secure the job you’ve always wanted.
If you’re currently working in your chosen profession, don’t be afraid to move up. Keep your resume updated and be prepared to jump on any opportunities that come your way! Also, don’t be scared of asking for a raise if you feel that you deserve one. If you’ve worked hard, you’ve got nothing to lose by asking. Remember what we said about appearance earlier? Keep dressing well in your workplace and you’ll benefit. The rule of dressing for the job and role you want, not the role you currently have, applies here.
Also, you should consider taking on some extra-curricular activities to boost your skills. It’s going to take time, but you should seriously think about this if you’ve got your dream role in sight. There’s no harm in picking up new skills and you might find that hobbies and extra work can open new paths for you. Volunteering is an excellent way to do this and also to meet new people. Consider what you can do in your spare time.
Your career isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of your life, but it’s certainly important. Take your future seriously and fight for a good role. Evaluate and analyze your choices and decisions going forward and learn from your mistakes. It’s high time for you to be the best you that you can be and earn a job role that you truly deserve. Go get them!