2017 is nearly upon us, and with it comes a new year of opportunities for jobseekers. If you want to have a prosperous year, it pays off to prepare now. While the job searching tactics and methods you applied this year or the year before won’t largely change, there are some new tricks you can try that may increase the likelihood that you start off the year with a new job.
The Internet is key today more than ever before. Expect the trends that started in 2016 to continue right into 2017. If you don’t have your own online profiles on sites like LinkedIn, you’re seriously missing out. If you don’t have your own free website that has a portfolio of your work (especially if you do creative work, design work, or architectural work), you’re doing yourself a disservice. There are plenty of free sites that make building a website easier than ever.
Speaking of the Internet, do you have a social media presence? You more than likely do. If so, it’s time to take a serious look at it and prune the content. Untag any questionable pictures that depict you partying or engaging in any behavior that looks sexual. Delete friends’ posts to your wall that are in poor taste. Social media absolutely can impact your ability to find and keep a job. Employers will look at your profile.
With a new year coming, lots of local community colleges will probably be offering courses for job skills. Online colleges may be accepting enrollments. If you want to learn a new skill or switch careers, take advantage of these opportunities. You should always take any chance you have to better yourself. You can fill in resume gaps and these new skills may help you land the job of your dreams.