By Joe Donahue

With New Year's Day just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about resolutions for 2018. If you plan on finding a new job this new year, then why not create a list of resolutions to help you achieve that goal? Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help you find an exciting new position.

1. Update Your Resume

An up-to-date resume is the cornerstone of any job search. If you're planning to look for a new job, you should start by making sure your resume is current and your strengths are highlighted.

2. Do More Networking

Networking is an essential part of any job search. Even something as simple as grabbing lunch with a colleague could help you find out about new career opportunities.

3. Apply to Your Dream Job

Everyone has a dream job. Why not resolve to apply to your dream job in 2018 and see if you can make it happen?

4. Take LinkedIn Seriously

If you still haven't joined the 21st-century job search, it's time to do so! Create or update your LinkedIn profile and begin using the digital networking platform to find jobs. A complete and thorough LinkedIn profile also helps recruiters find you, adding a passive element to your job search.

5. Reconnect with College Friends

One type of networking that can pay off is getting in touch with old college friends and fellow alumni. These friends often have the inside scoop on jobs that could be ideal for you within their organizations.

6. Return to School

Speaking of college, a new degree or certification is a great way to improve your resume. If you are considering a career change, think about going back to school or enrolling in a program to gain a specific new skill.

7. Be Ambitious

Don't be afraid to apply for a job you might be a bit underqualified for. If you don't try, you'll never know whether you could have been hired for a better position.

8. Set Goals

If you're serious about getting a new position, you should set goals to help get you there. Try to identify and apply for a certain number of positions per week, or arrange a specific number of meetings for networking purposes.

9. Research Before You Interview

One of the best ways to perform better in an interview is to thoroughly research the company and what it does beforehand. Go in armed with the right information and you'll be sure to impress.

10. Write a Great Cover Letter

Many people don't do themselves justice in their resume cover letters. Sit down and really work on a cover letter that will make a recruiter or hiring manager want to keep reading to find out more about you.

From all of us at Micro Tech Staffing Group, we wish you a safe and happy New Year!

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