As the new year rolls in, it's the perfect time to revamp not just your personal goals but also your professional aspirations. Getting a job might be high up on that list. But where to start? This guide explores five job search resolutions tailor-made to level up your game.

Get Social Online

More and more companies are getting online to broadcast their job openings as well as research potential employees. So if you’re serious about landing your next job in 2016, an important New Year's resolution is to get social online. A great start is to clean up your social media profiles (great tips on how to do that here). Then make sure your follow the companies and staffing agencies you want to work for on major platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn so you don’t miss out on any of the job openings they post on online.

Update Your Resume

Before you send off that job application, take a good look at your resume. Do you have a professional email address? Are your certifications up to date? Is it easy to read? Refresh and update your resume for 2016 so you can put your best foot forward when applying for your next job. 

Read on for more tips on updating your resume

Start Networking

When traditional methods of job searching aren’t working, make it a New Year's resolution to try other methods like networking. By surrounding yourself with others in your field you build connections and learn from others while in-between jobs. If you’re looking to take your career to the next level, you can reach out to those who are already doing what you want to do and seek their advice. Another perk to building a great network? You may learn of job opportunities that you wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

Stay on Top of Industry Trends

While we often hear about trends in fields like technology and business, there are also trends to know about in the blue-collar world. From construction apps to green plumbing, there are changes happening that are revamping how laborers work. In order to be a valuable employee you need to know what they are and figure out how to bring that knowledge to the workplace. Reading trade magazines, engaging in online groups and reading related blogs on a daily basis can help you stay on top of what’s going on.

Improve Your Soft Skills

Knowing how to work with a wrench or blueprints are important skills to have as a day laborer. However soft skills – communication, teamwork, problem-solving skills to name a few – are just as important to have as an employee no matter what field you’re in. So make it a New Year's resolution take a step back and see which of these need improvement so you can show them off in your next interview.

Brush up on Safety

When you first started out as a plumber, welder or any other type of skilled worker, the rules and procedures for doing that job safely were fresh in your mind. If you’ve been in the field for a long time, it’s easy to forget many of them, which can cost you in your next job. So take advantage of the New Year to reacquaint yourself with workplace safety so you can make that next job a safe one.

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