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Posted 1.12.07

Can you believe it is already 2007? January is the typical month for resolutions -– to lose weight, get more organized, or quit smoking. How about making a New Year’s resolution to find a great new job?

Here are some promises you might make to yourself:

1) I resolve to spend 85 percent of my time networking. It sure is easier to just answer ads and search the Internet, isn’t it? But statistics show that approximately 85 percent of jobs are filled through referrals and personal contacts –- networking. Even if you already have a job, networking is the key to career advancement and to finding a new job when you need one. (Hint: Click "Networking" on CareerTools.)

2) I resolve to clarify what job I really want. What kind of job best suits you and what would you love to do? A surprising number of people don’t like their jobs. Resolve to find out what work you are best suited for and aim for the job you really want. Taking career assessments and working with a career coach can help. (Hint: Click "Assessments" on CareerTools.)

3) I resolve to write and practice my 30 second elevator speech. Sometimes referred to as your career goal or professional objective, this 30 second focused statement will help you when networking. Writing it out helps clarify your goals. (Hint: Click "Job Search Step 3" on CareerTools.)

4) I resolve to keep a positive attitude. If you’ve been job searching for awhile, it is easy to become discouraged and this negative attitude may be apparent to potential employers and networking contacts. Resolve to do whatever it takes to remain upbeat. Volunteer to help others who are less fortunate, make exercise a regular part of your week, read a daily inspirational quote to lift your spirits, and make an action list every day to keep working on your job search.

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CareerTools is a career management site provided to you by the Weatherhead Career Development Center, in partnership with Lee Hecht Harrison, the world's leading career consulting organization. Access CareerTools online.

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