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Landing a New Job for the New Year

The holiday season and new year can be a time of celebration and new beginnings. Changing jobs is one of the biggest changes you can make in the new year. You may wish to find a new job for several reasons, including better pay, uncertain economic times, or your desire to enter a new line of work. Even if you are currently satisfied with your current job, you never know when you may want or need to find a different job. Here are some steps you can take to help you land a new job for the new year.

Keep Your Resume Up-to-Date

Many people do not keep their resumes current or update them with time. They may assume that they will be at their present job for a long time, or that they can easily and quickly throw one together if the need arises. While this may or may not be true, none of us knows what the future will bring, and it is always a good idea to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

You may be hesitant to take a look at your resume for several reasons, such as the fact that it may be outdated or there are some gaps in it. While this may cause you to not want to work on your resume, it should not prevent you from doing so. You can instead view this as an opportunity to bolster your resume. For instance, you can take professional development courses or enroll in part-time studies to further add to your credentials and make it more likely that you will find new employment if you decide to.

Be Prepared for Rejection

If you are currently working, you probably already know how difficult it was to secure your current position. But if you are new to the job market, you probably do not have much experience in this domain. You may find that trying to even get an interview may be almost as difficult as working on attaining or improving your credentials. Do not let this dissuade you, though. Rejection is a part of life, and this can be especially true when you are on the hunt for a new job.

Practice Interviewing

Many people are anxious about being interviewed for a job, and while this is understandable, this is also a necessary part of the job search. A therapist or life coach can help you practice your interviewing skills. Being prepared for an interview and having an up-to-date resume may also mean that you do not even have to find a new job, as these put you in a better position to negotiate a pay raise at work if your main goal in finding a new job is better pay.

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