What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

ESS Candidate Newsletter – January, 2017

Worthington, OH January 01, 2017

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we dig in to resolutions and provide some suggestions that may be helpful for you.


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What is your New Year’s Resolution?
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Each January, people and companies feel optimism and hope about the upcoming year.  Most people feel like they start the year with a blank slate.  My question to those people is, why forget and minimize the long-term effect of the achievements you accomplished last year?  Why not build on those achievements and use those to grow your career to new levels?  In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we dig in to resolutions and provide some suggestions that may be helpful for you.

January is a great time to reflect on what you achieved last year and update your resume.  One of the biggest frustrations people have who have not interviewed for a job in years is updating their resume.  We recommend at least once a year to update your resume.  Capture all of the projects you completed that made money or saved money, improved a process or improved efficiency.  By writing these down each year, you can easily remember the little contributions you made along the way.

We hope 2017 is an amazing year for you.  Please let us know what we can do to help you.  We may be able to help you fill a hard to fill opening within your department or another department.  We may be able to help you update and clean up your resume. We may be able to help you find the right position for you.  We encourage regular updates from you so we know you.  We also encourage you to review our monthly newsletter for tips as well as the listing of open jobs.  We look forward to working with you this year!

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Ask the Recruiter – What is your New Year’s Resolution?

New Year’s Resolutions are rarely taken seriously.  The beginning of the year is a great time to complete an assessment of where you are and where you would like to go.  Look at your career – if you are not where you want to be, here are some things to think about doing this year:

  1. Rethink your resume – One of the biggest frustrations people have who have not interviewed for a job in years is updating their resume.  We recommend at least once a year to update your resume.  Capture all of the projects you completed that made money or saved money, improved a process or improved efficiency.  Many of us created our resumes years ago and have done only minor updates since the original creation.  Take time to look at your resume as an advertisement of you as a professional.  Is it updated with all of your awards and new responsibilities?  Does it focus on accomplishments rather than daily tasks?  Have you had someone read through it to make sure you do not have any spelling or grammar errors?  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This is never truer than with a resume.
  2. Invest in your profession – Becoming a member of your local and national associations is invaluable to your career.  It allows you to interact with industry experts and be a part of a variety of networking groups.  This can be important when and if you need to start a job search.
  3. Create a plan – Having the goal of “Change Job” or “Get Promotion” is far too broad.  Start a spreadsheet or list of smaller accomplishments that will get you to your goal.  Think about steps such as doing research on other companies, contacting your recruiter, or sending three new networking invitations this week.  An idea with no plan is just an idea.

Regardless of whether you are looking for a new job at this time, your career is worth investing some time and energy in this year.  Feel free to call me if you need more ideas or strategies to make 2017 a fantastic year for you.

I can be reached directly at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at aw@ess123.com.

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