Tips for Job-Hunters on How to Keep Resolutions for 2013


It’s a new year, and those looking for a full-time job, contract work or temporary placement may resolve that this is the year you’ll land the perfect position.

It’s smart career planning to go after a position that’s right for you, but think twice before making your resolution to get the “perfect” job in 2013.

A resolution is not a wish.  As much as you’d like the phone to ring with an offer of a dream job, you can’t guarantee that will happen.   So instead, consider making a more powerful resolution — one that’s within your power to achieve.

This January, make a promise to do what it takes to make yourself a better, more competitive candidate to get the job you want.  That’s a goal that you can make happen.

Gene Hayden, author of the popular book The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done and career coach, says 88% of people drop their new year’s resolutions within three months of making them.    So how do 12% manage to keep the vow they make in January?  Hayden shares their tips:

  1. Ask yourself, “What is the first step I must take to achieve my goal?” Put your focus on achieving not the end-result, but the very first activity necessary to get to your goal.  When you’ve accomplished that, ask yourself, “What’s my next step?”
  2. Don’t look up at your Mount Everest.  The enormity of your resolution may seem overwhelming—and discouraging.  So, think only about making a little progress this week, and always take it just one week at a time.
  3. Don’t look back.  Once you’ve decided what you want, don’t stop to ask yourself if you feel like doing the steps required to make it happen. Instead, act as if you don’t have a choice  — and just do the necessary activity.
  4. Speak only about the present.  Say, “This is what I am doing” not “This is what I will do.”  It’s what you do today for your goal that keeps you connected to it—and makes it real.
  5. Share your progress with others.  Tell people about what you are doing today to get where you want to be tomorrow.  People will cheer you on.  And a pat on the back helps to keep us motivated.  In turn, you inspire others to go for their goals when you talk about what you are doing to meet yours.
  6. Celebrate every time you complete a step:   Denzel Washington, in recalling how difficult it was to make a living as an actor at the start of his career, said he learned, “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to do what you want to do.”  Doing what you have to do isn’t easy –and deserves to be acknowledged.
  7. Be open to the unexpected.  You have a plan in mind, but often the road takes twists and turns that you didn’t expect. 

At The Bagg Group, we’ve placed more than 58,000 people successfully over four decades.  Our expert recruiters know many candidates who decided to take a temporary placement or contract work on the way to getting a permanent position.  At the Bagg Group, we can confirm that one opportunity leads to another.

This 2013, make the most of the journey to your resolution.  You’ll find just taking that first step puts the wheel in motion.

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