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Get Started On a Fresh Career For the New Year
Thursday, January 10, 2013

The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to hit the refresh button and launch a fresh job search. If 2012 didn't turn out to be as successful as you had hoped, 2013 may just be the clean slate you need. Whether finding a job is your new year's resolution or not, it's definitely a goal worth sticking to and seeing through to completion .

This is undoubtedly easier said than done. The question probably going though your mind is "where do I start?" While it might sound counter intuitive but a good place would be at square one. Here are some tips to help you get started on your job search relaunch:

Review 2012 from beginning to end leaving no detail behind. To help you see where you came from and how you got there you need to take a good, hard look at how your year went. Outlining the year month by month will put your progress right in front of your eyes. This will allow you to take everything into consideration and from there create a list of things that worked and didn't work. You may also be able to notice times when things picked up or slowed down along with any other trends. This analysis will prove  useful when mapping out your new job search strategy.

Embrace starting from scratch. Completely starting over may seem like going backwards, but this is your chance to let go of everything that may have been holding you back. If you were to pick up from where you left off in 2012, you might get caught up in thinking of ways to troubleshoot your old strategy. By starting anew, you'll be able to see begin a search with fresh eyes and a clear mind.

Take smaller steps and give your search the quality time it needs. Job seekers are eager to find employment as soon as possible which can lead them to rush the process. Rushing anything, especially something like a job search which requires thoroughness, won't give you the results you really want. In order for your job search to really take off, you need to go through each step meticulously making sure not to overlook anything. The more careful you are along the way, the more smoothly putting your resume together and applying to the right jobs will go.

Don't take your previous job search efforts and achievements for granted. You most likely made some connections last year that will be valuable to you for years to come. Stay in contact with your connections and continue to help whenever you can. Your network and connections should never be abandoned even after you've found a job. If this year you want to go in a completely new direction with your career, let people know. Your connections may see your taking initiative as a refreshing inspiration and offer support.

Don't hold yourself to too many high expectations. This isn't to say that you shouldn't set the bar high for yourself, but setting too many expectations can become stressful and overwhelming. You start to feel as if you're failing to meet goals. Instead, let your search run its course and follow where it takes you. You may end up somewhere unexpectedly pleasant.

It's a new year and time for exciting changes. There's no point in wasting precious job seeking time dwelling over last year's disappointments. Instead, hang on to the high points that your 2012 job search brought you and get ready for the new career opportunities 2013 has in store for you.
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