Job hunting resolutions for 2014

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to get back into the job hunting game.


Christy Palfy is a Recruiting Manager for Cleveland, Ohio based Progressive Insurance. Learn more at For more resources and tips from Progressive, follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter. For more resources and tips from Progressive, follow them on Twitter at @PGRCareers.

Eighty-three percent of North American employees plan to pursue new job opportunities in 2014, according to a new survey from talent and career management company Right Management. At Progressive Insurance, we hired almost 2,700 new employees through November 2013 and we’ll be hiring again in 2014.

With January here, now is the perfect time to freshen up your resume and get back into the job hunting game. Below are five simple and attainable New Year’s resolutions to help you land your dream job this year:

  • Put yourself out there. If you haven’t been in the market for a new job in a while (or ever), freshen up your networking skills. Attend one event per week and utilize your own network. Let people know you’re searching and don’t be afraid to ask them if they know of any relevant openings.
  • Have your elevator pitch ready. Always be prepared to explain what kind of job you’re looking for and what experience you have – in 30 seconds or less. Practice with friends or family and ask them for their input. Also be sure that your relevant social media profiles are updated so if you meet someone who could be of help, you can easily connect.
  • Revamp your resume. This seems pretty obvious, but if you haven’t submitted a resume in a number of years (or if you’re just entering the job market), be sure to look into current resume standards and trends for the industry you’re searching within. This is especially important if you’re looking to switch industries since there is no standard resume that is used across the board.
  • Re-kindle old work flames. Reach out to past employers and coworkers to see where they’re working and make sure you’re top of mind for them. A great way to start the conversation again is to send them a holiday card or well wishes for the New Year.
  • Don’t give up. It’s the New Year, which means a fresh start; even if you haven’t had luck in the past, try to keep a positive mindset. It might seem cliché, but persistence really is key.
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