Unemployed? 7 ‘Resolutions’ You Need to Make for 2012

  • By: Skip Freeman on January 5th, 2012 at 1:30 pm  (adapted)

1.  Apply to posted positions both online and offline.

It is important to keep in mind that, depending upon the level of position, only 50-70% of all positions are ever posted. As an unemployed person you definitely want to use the job boards and apply online. Recognize, however, that, more often than not, you will go into the proverbial black hole. However, people still do get hired this way.

2.  Trash your current résumé and create a NEW one . . .  

  • Unless you have key words in it that match the job you are applying for.
  • Unless you have quantifiable accomplishments and achievements documented in it.
  • If you list nothing but duties and responsibilities.
  • If you have used unusual fonts, colors or anything “weird” that a computer can’t scan and read.
  • If you use paragraphs instead of bullet points.
  • If it is more than two pages in length.

3.  Launch an aggressive, targeted direct mail campaign.


4.  Develop Internal company sponsors. They can significantly increase your odds of becoming visible and getting hired.


5.  Keep in mind that job winners today are increasingly creative in their approach. Make sure you are too!


6.  Win the job you want by learning how to “lead the witness” during an interview.


7.  Make sure you know, understand and can adequately address the “ONE” question you must get RIGHT in an interview.