The Washington Times-Herald


January 16, 2012

5 tips to help you land a new job in 2012

The new year brings a fresh start, and for many people, that means the search for a new career. Job-hunting websites expect hiring to improve this year, and January is a particularly busy time because new recruiting budgets take effect. So whether you've been out of work for a while or are simply looking for a change, here are some tips to ensure a successful job search.

Fine tune your resume: Having a great resume is about more than just impeccable grammar and an easy-on-the-eyes font, according to Your resume should be chock-full of keywords targeted to the job you want. These can be found in the posted descriptions of the kind of job you're looking for, and using them for your online resume can help ensure your name comes up in recruiters' searches. When it comes to listing previous positions, be sure to showcase your accomplishments instead of simply listing responsibilities or tasks performed.

"As the years go by, the likelihood of remembering details of every accomplishment will more difficult," said Alex Soto, CEO of ResumeLance and Soto Marketing Communications. "In 2012, jot down what you've achieved at your job – it will serve a useful purpose in optimizing your resume, and in the end, your chances of landing the job of your dreams."

Work with a recruiting or staffing firm: A new survey by CareerBuilder shows that 36 percent of American companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012, up from 28 percent in 2009. So working with a recruiting or staffing firm could be a great way to jump-start your job search. And even though some positions will be short-term, many will turn into permanent positions; CareerBuilder's survey found that 35 percent of those companies planned to turn their contract workers into regular employees.

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