Happy new year! January is a great time to start a job search - there's a lot of movement in the job market with new openings coming up more frequently as employees leave their jobs after getting their bonuses and vacation time replenished... Employers are also more comfortable firing / letting workers go after the holidays are over. As business owners and senior management make plans for the coming year, they also determine appropriate staffing levels and hiring needs.
The first step in any successful job search is to determine your own objectives and figure out what you have to offer an employer. You'll need to have a solid resume ready to go - but that doesn't mean you won't also need to make edits as you send it out to different employers.
Do be sure to keep track of where you're sending your resume and start practicing your pitch. Try honing your interview skills by practicing with a friend or in front of a webcam. And don't forget to send thank you notes and follow up on your interviews!
I'm a certified career coach based in Philadelphia. I started my own practice to help people land their dream jobs and achieve their individual definitions of success.
I also keep this blog with my musings on changes in the employment landscape, advice for job seekers, links to other career-related articles, and anything else that catches my interest.