Career and Job Search Resolutions

2012 is here! For some, the start of the New Year gives the opportunity to start fresh; for others it provides them with that extra push to continue going strong. When it comes to your own career exploration or job/internship search, what are your resolutions for 2012? Here are a few tips to help you achieve your resolutions for the New Year:

Be true to yourself.

What types of careers are you most interested in/passionate about? What are your values, interests, personality traits, and skills…and how do they connect to possible organizations and/or positions? Revisit or take career assessments to help you figure out what you want to professionally. Step outside of your comfort zone and explore new career paths. Follow your gut.

Set S.M.A.R.T goals.

S.M.A.R.T goals are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. By setting these up for yourself, you will provide direction and accountability to your career and life plan as it will give you something to aim for.

Explore new tactics.

Maybe you have been applying for jobs and internships with little to no avail. Maybe you land all of the interviews but never secure an offer. Now is the time to step back and assess/reflect on your current strategies. What can you try to do differently?


Heather serves as a Career Advisor for Loyola University Chicago’s Career Development Center. In her role, she assists students and alumni with their overall career development through individual counseling, group workshops, and in the classroom via her Career and Life Planning Lab. Heather’s areas of expertise within the career space include networking, social media engagement, ePortfolios, resumes, and personal branding. Prior to working in Career Services, Heather worked for Sony Music in the areas of Marketing, Sales, and Promotion.She received her BA in Communication & Culture from Indiana University and her MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University – GO BUCKS! You can connect with Heather on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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