Do you remember, about 365 days ago, when you raised a champagne flute and pledged to find a new job in the coming year? Well, here you are, still hunched over the same desk, still itching for a change.
So 2016 it is. For real this time. Now the hard part. What might you want to do next?
Here are 10 tips for jump-starting your job hunt before inertia relegates it to the trash heap of dead New Year's resolutions.
Find your objective strengths - remind yourself of the keywords that describe you and what you're good at.
Embrace what comes easy - pick out the five things that were really easy for you to do and that you enjoyed doing, because playing to those natural talents will help you distinguish yourself. If you're not sure what those natural talents are, think about the compliments you get that you brush away, or what calms you down during a stressful day at work.
Pinpoint your unhappiness - Drilling down to the source of your malaise helps determine what needs to change.
What's the end game? - Rather than ask what you want to do, ask yourself how you want to feel every morning when you wake up. If you really have an end goal and you can really see what it is, there is more than one way to get to it.
Change one variable at a time - "De-risk" yourself to a potential employer by mapping out how your skills are applicable to the job you want.
Investigate the market - have conversations with people familiar with your desired position to learn where the jobs are and what you should be doing as a candidate to boost your chances.
Clarify your message - you should formulate specific answers to basic questions early on.
Recast your resume - Framing your resume around your strengths and passions lets hiring managers see beyond your list of previous job duties, which is especially important if you don't have direct experience in your desired career.
Hire a boss - Look for a boss who will be a sponsor and advocate for you when it's time for you to move up the ranks.
Grin and bear it - Put a schedule in place that you can handle, be it an hour a day or an hour a week, to hold yourself accountable and brighten the light at the end of the tunnel.
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