How to Get Hired in 2014

In 2013, the economy continued a steady climb to recovery. But while some job seekers finally found their way back onto the career ladder, countless others are still searching for a position that can meet their needs and move them closer to their long-term career goals. If you’re among this crowd and you’re looking for a job—the right job, not just a placeholder—get ready for some changes in the year ahead. 2014 has officially arrived, and it’s time to grab the wheel and take control of your career. Here’s how.Start with MotivationThe internet is packed with motivational statements framed against impressive backgrounds like waterfalls and stunning cityscapes. These statements may be inspiring and dreamy, but true motivation begins with clear goals. Exactly where would you like to be by this time next year? How do you envision your work environment, your salary, and your level of responsibility? Whatever you’re picturing, you CAN get there. You’ll just need to break this goal down into smaller goals, and then break each small goal down into actions. As the dreamy old saying goes, “if you don’t know where you’re headed, any road will get you there.”Add ResilienceReaching your destination won’t be easy—nobody ever promised it would be. Make this the year you face your fears head on, including any fears you may have of rejection, criticism, or failure. A successful job search requires resilience, which means you’ll need to reach out, extend yourself, stand up for yourself, get turned down, and start all over. And you may need to do this several times. The faster you pick yourself up when you fall, the sooner you’ll land the job you want.Gather SupportGet help. As you face the challenges that lie ahead, you don’t have to face them alone. Build a team behind you. Lean on your professional network, and boldly reach out to your contacts, no matter how many degrees of separation lie between you and those who can offer what you need. And remember: your contacts aren’t your only resource for help and guidance. Here at MyPerfectResume, we engage with job seekers like you every single day, and our resume building tools and job search experience can outfit you for success.Get the Facts & Information You NeedThe most important tool we offer can be summed up in one word: information. Knowledge is power, and when you have questions, we have answers! Download our new e-book, “Ten Ways to Win the Job in 2014.” Find out where the best opportunities are concentrated in your industry. Learn about the simple hidden resume mistakes that may be holding your job search back. Learn how to make the best use of your experience, and how to leverage your most impressive certifications and volunteer work. Get the attention you deserve, stand out from the crowd, and put your career in motion—starting now.