Preparing for a Job Search in the New Year

Preparing for a Job Search in the New Year

The beginning of a new year is an active period for job applicants and companies. Applicants are looking to fulfill New Year’s resolutions by finding a new job or changing careers. Companies are eager to restart hiring processes suspended to avoid holiday scheduling conflicts and budget constraints. The following tips can help you jump-start your job search in the new year.


Networking is a great way to learn about job opportunities. Start with traditional networking avenues such as volunteering, becoming a member of a professional association, and attending social functions specifically designed for networking.  Social media provides an alternative avenue for like-minded professionals to network via participation in online forums, Facebook, and LinkedIn groups.

Update Your Social Media Presence

Like it or not, hiring managers look at your social media accounts. Your social media accounts reflect your interests and values. Additionally, they provide insight into your overall demeanor and behavior.  Review your social media profiles and make sure they represent the image you want to present to prospective employers.  Create a professional social media profile to use when interacting for professional purposes.

Update your Skillset

Professional development is a great way to keep up with current trends and practices in your field.  Employers are attracted to knowledgeable and efficient employees.  Earning a certification or gaining a specialty is a great way to show your devotion to your field.  Volunteering is another great way to update your skill set.  The Career Services website offers a list of sites to help you identify potential volunteer opportunities that can help you build skills and experience.  Visit the career services website at

Review your Resume

Review your resume and update your contact information.  Remove any work experience that is more than 15 years old and unrelated to your field. Experiment with various formats and select one that best demonstrates your skills and abilities. Tailor your resume to meet the needs of the organization.

Final Thoughts

Starting the new year with a job search can be exciting.  Start the new year by attending networking activities, volunteering, and joining online groups and forums that are related to your professional interests.  Update your social media preferences.  Consider creating a professional profile to use for interacting on professional websites and social media groups.  Enroll in a professional development course or volunteer to sharpen your skills.  Finally, tailor your resume to communicate your skills and abilities.

Additional Resources:

Visit the Career Services website to learn more about networking, resume writing, and volunteering.

Kalida Cooper

Written by Graduate Assistant and EdD Student, Kalida Cooper