Why We Shouldn’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

For six years I struggled with my weight.  If I would show you pictures from high school and college, I weighed 35 pounds more than I do now. It shocks people when I share this because I’m petite and I haven’t had any major weight gain in years.

I remember year after year, making a New Year’s resolution that I would shed the weight. I think about the numerous hours planning out my perfect diet and workout schedule. I had a mix of overwhelm thinking about it, boredom trying to stick to it, and frustration when I would sabotage it.

I find that many job seekers make a resolution to try and find a new job. It makes me shudder when I hear this resolution because it sounds daunting.  Think about the numerous hours sitting on Career Builder filling out applications. It sounds awful! Why would anyone want to torture themselves like that?

My “aha” moment about my weight came when I realized that it was a moment-to-moment effort. Was I hungry? If so, I should eat and stop when I’m full. Instead of sticking to a regimented diet, I started listening to my hunger signals and enjoying the foods I would eat. Exercise became about being outside, instead of weight loss.

Seeking a job is similar. You have to take it day-by-day. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t work to accomplish tasks or goals.  It’s just breaking them down so they aren’t as off-putting.

For example, instead of saying “I’m going to get a new job”, what if you spend 2-3 hours doing career research because it’s interesting to discover what other opportunities are out there? What if you rewrote your resume because it’s awesome to reflect on your past accomplishments and tell your story?

Instead of tackling the issue of finding a job all at once, break it down one step at a time. Try to enjoy it because you’re an amazing person and have so much to contribute.

Happy New Year!

Four Tips to Take Advantage of the Holidays to Find a Job

We often believe that hiring slows down prior to the New Year. THIS IS A MYTH! If anything, hiring managers are still 12515347_msearching for applicants; however, interviews and hiring decisions may be slower because of the inability to get a team of coworkers together.

While holidays may be busy with family, friends and loved-ones, this is a great time for professional development and applying for positions. Below are four tips to take advantage of the holidays to find a job:

1.    Update your Cover Letter and résumé – Aunt Beth or Cousin Betty may have excellent editing skills. Take some time to update your cover letter and résumé and ask someone to look it over. Remember, it is important to customize your cover letter andrésumé for each position you apply.

2.    Network- Tell everyone that you are seeking work. Holidays are a great time to network and tap into your friends and family who may know someone who may know someone who can help you find a job.

3.    Side cash-  As New Year’s quickly approaches, so do the resolutions. Many business owners want to reorganize their office, catch up with administrative work or market their business. The New Year is an opportunity to build your portfolio and provide temporary support to a small business. If you are highly organized, know how to use Microsoft Office or have any other skills, offer them to a small business owner and see if you can make some money before or after the New Year.

4.    Reconnect-  If you have relationships with hiring managers, former colleagues or anyone who could help you, send them a holiday card or e-mail. Holidays are a fantastic time to wish people well and reconnect. If there is a chance the person may not remember you, remind them of when you met last, who you are and perhaps include a business card. Share what you’ve been up to (employment, education, etc.) and ask to meet for coffee after the holiday.

Don’t let the holidays pass you by, take advantage of them!