8 Ways to Maximize Your Job Search in the New Year

Woman working on her laptop from home
Alex from the Rock / Shutterstock.com

This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.

When it comes to your career, the new year can bring feelings of hope and optimism and, in some cases, breathe new life into your career goals.

However, we all know the fate of an unplanned New Year’s resolution.

Here are several ways to maximize your job search so you can land a position that you’ll love.

1. Create a Roadmap

Planner
Igisheva Maria / Shutterstock.com

The most successful job searches include utilizing the internet to search and apply for positions, but they also require some out-of-the-box thinking tactics. Consider integrating company research, informational interviewing, cold-applying, and networking into your search this year.

Of course, prior to initiating any of the above, take time to think about what kind of a job you really want. The winter is naturally a great time for introspection and to take inventory of your life in the last year. What worked and didn’t work with your job, what did you like, and what didn’t you care for? Jot all this down as you create your roadmap for the new year.

Whether you’ve been searching for a while, or are just starting out, try making some job search resolutions to guide you. Consider goals and deadlines to help you focus and make the process seem more attainable.

2. Strengthen Your Online Presence

Man investing online
fizkes / Shutterstock.com

Review your online presence and update your profile picture, your skills, and any recent accomplishments at work that deserve mentioning.

If it’s beneficial in your field to have an online portfolio to display your work — such as for design or writing careers — the new year is also a prime time to get to work building or refining your personal website. Being able to show hiring managers examples of your past work can help you stand out as an experienced and accomplished applicant.

3. Refresh Your Professional Documents

Young woman with resume
Stock-Asso / Shutterstock.com

Use the new year to think back over your accomplishments from the past year. What were your big wins that a prospective employer would want to know about? Have you added any new skills to your toolbox, taken any professional development of training programs, or added a new volunteer commitment into your life?

This is the perfect time to update your resume template (but remember to customize it for every job), so it’s ready to go when you launch your job search.

4. Set Achievable Goals

2021 goals wooden blocks hand
LookerStudio / Shutterstock.com

Setting metrics for yourself can be one of the best ways to guarantee you will stick to your new year’s goal.

For each week of the first three months of the year, plot out your goals by numbering them. For example, you might send three networking emails each week, apply to four jobs online, ask for one informational interview, and attend one virtual networking event.

Consider your schedule and commitments and strategically lay out how much time you can commit to your job search.

5. Assemble Your Crew

Happy young professional
Jacob Lund / Shutterstock.com

Sometimes, to get a new job, you need to employ the help of your job search support team — your friends, colleagues, family, and professional connections. In order to achieve your dreams, you have to own them.

When you tell all your people about your goal to get a new job, the rewards are two-fold. You establish accountability in yourself when you tell everyone about your plans — it’s a lot harder to back out of something when your circle knows. And you never know who you will run into or who might overhear your conversation about your professional goals.

6. Know Where the Jobs Are

A businessperson reads a document with a magnifying lens
vectorfusionart / Shutterstock.com

Depending on what’s going on with the economy and in the world, the most in-demand careers may change from year to year. Make it a new year’s goal to know which are the fastest-growing career fields.

After all, the more jobs that are available, the more likely you’ll be able to find the ideal position for you.

7. Research Companies, Not Just Jobs

Woman working from home
insta_photos / Shutterstock.com

The typical job search protocol is to search for jobs online by looking for specific job titles. However, consider changing up your job search in the new year by researching companies. This tactic can help you learn about a company’s culture and mission to ensure you’d be a good fit. You may even be able to uncover jobs at great companies that haven’t been posted on traditional job boards.

If you find a company you want to work for, but it doesn’t have any open jobs in your field, you can “cold call” by sending an email and pitching your services.

8. Re-Establish Healthy Habits Right Away

working out
tmcphotos / Shutterstock.com

Chances are your healthy habits have flown out the window over the holidays. To re-energize your body and soul, get back into healthy eating and exercise habits immediately. This will help improve focus, energy, and enthusiasm, and help reduce stress.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
Why Is My Pension Killing My Social Security Benefit?
Why Is My Pension Killing My Social Security Benefit?

A reader says the government is penalizing him for having a pension. Is he right?

Stop Overpaying for These 10 Common Purchases
Stop Overpaying for These 10 Common Purchases

The best price for many of these items is “free.”

9 Products That Will Organize Your Home for Under $45
9 Products That Will Organize Your Home for Under $45

These clever Amazon finds can help transform a messy nest into the pristine home of your dreams.

3 Costly Social Security Mistakes That Women Make
3 Costly Social Security Mistakes That Women Make

Women face unique challenges when planning for retirement and making these mistakes can result in a skimpier retirement.

17 Home Upgrades That Rarely Help Close a Sale
17 Home Upgrades That Rarely Help Close a Sale

Real estate agents give these renovations low marks when it comes to helping sell homes.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia
This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Nearly half of U.S. residents may face this threat.

Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2021 with these secondhand purchases.

11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It
11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It

Seriously? Fibbing about the weather is a crime? This and other little-known legal traps await the unwary.

Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?
Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Researchers say too many doctors are overlooking this potential source of hypertension.

13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider
Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider

A new study has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend money on multivitamins.

Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?
Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?

Can an adult daughter tap into her late mother’s benefit?

21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss
21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss

Start off the new year by implementing these small-but-smart savings strategies. They’ll soon add up.

Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore
Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore

Starting this month, your ISP no longer can bill you for this fee.

15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021
15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021

Follow these tips to save, so you’ll have money for things that really matter.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry
9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these budget-busting unnecessary expenses.

Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021
Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021

More than 700 prescription medications have seen price hikes so far this year. Here’s a look at the worst.

5 States Lowering Taxes This Year — and 2 Raising Them
5 States Lowering Taxes This Year — and 2 Raising Them

State personal income tax rates, brackets and deductions just changed in these places.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked
11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

20 Amazon Purchases We Loved in 2020
20 Amazon Purchases We Loved in 2020

These practical products made everyday life a little easier last year — and will do so in the new year, too.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.