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4 Quick Job Seeker Resolutions for 2014

Posted by Rob Riggins

Start of a new year means it’s time to step back and take an objective look at your job search. Here are 4 quick job search checks to get you on the right track for a successful 2014.

1. Only apply to jobs for which you’re truly qualified. This can be a tough one since it’s so easy to apply for jobs online. You need to meet 80% of the job requirements to apply. The only way around this rule is if you are being referred or you know someone in the hiring process. Think of it this way. Why would a hiring manager want to interview someone they have never met who is clearly not qualified for a position? Would you?

2. Get your salary expectations in line. The cleared job market is changing and you may not be worth what you used to be worth. Contract rates have been coming down – hopefully not for your skill set, but make an effort to find out. Check Glassdoor.com or Payscale.com, check with your professional association, people in your network, etc.

3. Customize your resume for every job you apply for. Review the job description and compare how your skill set matches up to the job requirements. Are you meeting that 80% threshold? Using similar keywords and phrasing? Is there anyone in your network who can refer you or provide more intel on the position?

4. Review all your job search materials – resume, boilerplate cover letter and online profiles – to make sure they are up-to-date. Take a newly critical eye to your materials. When you talk to a recruiter or hiring manager ask them if there are any improvements they suggest. Place reminders on your calendar to log in at least monthly to any job boards or company sites where you registered. That “refreshes” your account and lets employers know that you’re an active job seeker who is still in the job market.

What are your job search resolutions for 2014?

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 6:29 am

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