Resolve to get ahead in 2013

When making plans for 2013, remember to set aside time for passion projects.

Economists are predicting that there will be a hiring boom in early 2013. It’s about time the economy started to bounce back! This is especially good news for young professionals, who suffer from the highest rate of unemployment at 13.5 percent, compared to the overall rate of 7.9 percent. As we begin 2013, here are some career resolutions that will help you land the internship, job or promotion you want.

Develop and manage your online presence:
Gone are the days when the PDF rèsumè on your desktop mattered. You need to be on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter or you will suffer as a result. Recruiters are already searching for you or people with your skills. On LinkedIn, for example, get endorsements for your skills so your profile will appear higher when people are searching. Also, ask for recommendations from people you’ve worked with in the past to build credibility and relationships with hiring managers.

Focus on your soft skills:
Employers are always looking for soft skills — such as communication skills and strong emotional intelligence — when hiring and promoting. By going to events, meetups and just putting yourself in situations where you’re around people in your industry, you can develop these skills and further your career.

Work on a passion project:
It’s important to do work that is meaningful to you, even if it’s not part of your full-time gig. By making this time investment, you could potentially do your hobby as your full-time job in the future, so it’s well worth the energy. If nothing else, it will help keep you motivated and learning new things.

Create time for things that are important:
If you’re a workaholic, then you might find it challenging to make time for other things in your life, but it’s important.

Think about other things that matter to you and carve out time for them. It could be your family, friends, meeting new people, a sport or something else.

— Dan Schawbel is a Gen Y career expert, the founder of Millennial Branding and the author of “Me 2.0.”

Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author.



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