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Do you have career goals going into the new year? Not sure what you want to do? Here are some ways you can kickstart your career at the beginning of the new year! Related: New Year, New Career, New You

1. Update Your Resume With Recent Accolades

Resumes are no longer about objectives or daily job functions. Today, resumes are strategic marketing documents that must effectuate a candidate’s worth and value. A resume must properly brand the candidate within his/her areas of focus and be targeted towards the actual job position. Updating your resume and reflecting your recent achievements and accolades is a sure way to provide more value to the reader. Consider reviewing your performance evaluations while also listing projects you have led, skills you have acquired, and results you’ve achieved for organizations.

2. Consider Professional Assistance From A Career Coach

Many job seekers, millennials in particular, are frustrated with job searching and the job market. A career coach can be a great resource and tool when a job seeker has trouble achieving career goals or continues to reach stumbling blocks. A career coach can help job seekers realign their direction with solutions-focused ideas, provide positive praise and motivation, and offer guidance in self-discovery.

3. Use Social Media To Your Advantage

We are now living in a heavily advanced digital age. Job seekers can tweet to CEOs and employers, post a Facebook status to alert their friends and family members about their job search, and they can use use their LinkedIn profiles to apply for a job, connect with hiring managers, and even expand their own network to connect with other professionals.

4. Network Like There’s No Tomorrow

Included in your tax deductions are your job expenses – resumes, traveling to interviews, and even attending networking events to job search. Use those networking events to your advantage. You can locate events through Facebook, Twitter, and even sources such as Eventbrite. Be sure to have a business card handy. Pass them out and take the business cards of the other networking professionals. But, don’t forget to follow-up through a connection on LinkedIn or even an email that requests a low-key coffee break. Make 2016 your biggest and best year to kickstart your career endeavors with these tips. Don’t wait for January to pass you by. It’s already here and you are too!

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About the author

Wendi Weiner is an attorney, Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW), and published global career expert who has been featured in Forbes and The Huffington Post. She is the owner of The Writing Guru, a top-ranked resume service firm based in Miami, Florida, with national and international clientele served in more than 30 industries...Visit her website here. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts here. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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