The time for New Years Resolutions has come again, and one of the most popular resolutions is to find a better job/make more money/start a career. It's a great resolution, but it often becomes one of those resolutions that die sometime between February and March. So what do you do to make sure this resolution comes true?
Reflect. What happened in 2013? What do you like about your current/past job? What do you hate? What are your biggest strengths? Are you good with numbers, or do you prefer to talk to people?
Plan. A popular interview question is where do you want to be in 5 years. Most the time the answer is "I have no idea!", but if you stop and think about it, and dream big, you can find your career path. Go on Indeed.com and search job titles that you'd like to have one day, and pay attention to the requirements. Will you need more education for that job? What kind of experience will you need to have in that job? Then make it happen.
Take Action! Getting a job isn't easy, even if you're currently employed. So increase your chances, make sure you have a strong resume and it's posted to job boards like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Craigslist, and eBay Classifieds. If you're not sure about your resume, have someone else look at it (like yours truly who revises resumes and cover letters firstname.lastname@example.org)
Does your profession have a forum or network website that you can post your resume on? Are there groups or organizations you can join to network? What are the job titles you're interested in? Are there specific companies that you would like to work for? You can usually attend a meeting or two as a guest to see if it's the right fit for you.
Check In. Every month, see what progress you've made. If you've received more call backs and gone on more interviews, then you're on the right track. If not, reassess your strategy, and keep applying. Make 2014 the year that you take a big step in your career.