New year, new job?

For those considering a career move this year it is imperative to organize your skills, update that resume to land the job of your dreams.

No idea how or where to start? Here are a few tips:

  • Brainstorm  Simply sit down with a pen and paper and begin to write down every job you’ve ever had. If you can’t remember details use an online search engine to get names, phone numbers and addresses . 
  • Highlight Once you have your dream job in mind, it is important to focus on details in your past careers that will highlight your experience for your future career. Nancy Laws states it best, “Declutter and organize your experience, focusing on details that will highlight your value.”
  • Research As a small business owner I am immensely impressed when a potential team member has researched our business and presents it at the interview. It shows the person isn’t just looking for a paycheck but has a definite interest in what our company does. Researching the company you’re applying for and presenting the information is a sure fire way to get an interview and possibly the job.
  • Utilize Once you’ve created your resume ask a trusted friend or family member to spell/grammar check it. Utilize your network of resources and have a hiring professional from another profession give you feedback. The average resume is read for approximately 10 seconds so you want to make sure yours stands above the rest.
  • Just Go For It Easier said than done, right? Upload that resume to online job search engines, email it to the CEO of the company you’d kill to work for and don’t forget the power of social media. I can hear HR professionals everywhere gritting their teeth right now. Bottom line, I believe taking a chance is often the best path to success. Think 21st century and leave 20th century techniques in the past.

Lastly, my all time favorite book in the world regarding changing careers is Jon Acuff’s book “Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job.” I’ve suggested it to countless friends and family as THE book to read when considering a career change.

Here’s a quote:

“Quitting a job doesn’t jump-start a dream because dreams take planning, purpose, and progress to succeed. That stuff has to happen before you quit your day job.”
 Jon Acuff, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job


Happy Organizing!