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12 Days of Career Advice

The holidays are always a hectic time of year, and as a result, your job hunt may be taking a back seat to your busy social life. Between parties, holiday shopping, and family events, it can be easy to forget about your career goals. To help keep you on track, we’re wrapping up the year by recalling some of our favorite pieces of job search and career advice from this year. If you tackle one piece of advice per day, you’ll be on your way to finishing 2015 on a strong note.

Day 1: Edit your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn can be a great tool that can help you expand your network and get in contact with others. However, if you are going to use it, it’s important to consider the language you use in your profile. For example, certain buzzwords such as “motivated” and “driven” are greatly overused and could actually be detrimental to your ability to make a strong impression through your profile. Take a moment to scan your LinkedIn profile for cliché phrases that can cause you to blend in rather than stand out.

Day 2: Push yourself to get out there and network

Even for the most extroverted person, networking can be tiring. While attending every event you’re invited to is unrealistic, this holiday season try to attend a variety of networking events. If you’ve prepared the right conversation starters and have an open schedule for the night, making the most out of your networking events can be easy.

Day 3: Keep your eyes open for the perfect mentor

A mentor can be a sounding board for your professional goals as well as a great resource for insight. Cultivating a strong mentor/mentee relationship takes time, but it can all be worth it if you are able to find the right mentor for you. To get started, assess your goals, who you admire in your field, and establish communication with them.

Day 4: Be prepared for a phone interview

Although interview techniques have evolved over the years, one area that remains consistent is the first-round phone interview. Since you can’t rely on your body language to express your interest in the role, here are some different ways to impart a positive first impression.

Day 5: Try some “spring” cleaning

Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean that your professional brand doesn’t deserve a little spring cleaning. Imagine how productive you’ll feel entering the new year with an updated resume, an organized list of up-to-date skills, and a marketable LinkedIn page!

Day 6: Consider re-discovering your alumni network

Whether you’ve just graduated from school or are a seasoned professional, your alumni network can be an amazing tool. With resources such as career services and alumni events, connecting with professionally like-minded peers can be easy if you follow the steps outlined in this article!

Day 7: Make a commitment to formatting

Even if you’ve recently edited your CV, it may be worth re-formatting your resume to highlight key portions that may be unknowingly glossed over by potential employers. It’s true that most hiring mangers spend an average of six seconds viewing a resume, so streamlining yours might just make all the difference.

Day 8: Reassess your toolbox

If you’re looking for a new job or even a different position within your current company, reviewing the six tools every job seeker should know is crucial. By understanding and utilizing these six tools, you may be increasing your chances of starting the year with more interviews.

Day 9: Resolve to stand out!

Despite having impressive credentials, it can still be easy to feel as though your applications are going unnoticed. In this article from July, we recount a very similar story from a woman who caught her dream employer’s attention by creating a one-of-a-kind online resume. If you’re looking to make a big change in 2016, browsing Nina’s tips could make a world of difference.

Day 10: Be prepared to leave on good terms

Resigning from your current position can be both an exciting and difficult experience, and how you handle it can make the difference as to how your peers and supervisor remember you. Even if you’re in the very beginning stages of looking for a new job, knowing proper exit etiquette is a valuable skill.

Day 11: Handle the post interview process like a pro

It’s completely normal to be nervous in the period of time after a job interview. However, during the post interview decision making process, there is still plenty to do to ensure that you’ve made a positive impression on your interviewer. Do you know what those are? If not, take a moment to review these best practices.

Day 12: Don’t fear the 5 year plan  

Does the year 2020 sound far off in the future to you? If so, it’s only five years away! Knowing your immediate goals is smart, but beginning to strategize your five year plan can help to make the future a little bit clearer. It can be easy to get caught up in short term goals, but laying the foundation for a successful future can only benefit you in the years ahead.

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