A new year brings all kinds of exciting opportunities. New goals, new resolutions, new people, and new places are all at your fingertips when you set your mind to it. When it comes to your job search, you should look at your goals and your opportunities in a similar light. The new year brings new budgets, new missions, and new opportunities to find the right job for your career. Here are a few suggestions for the top types of opportunities that can really help grow your career in the new year.

Look for the opportunity to lead

When placed in a leadership position, you can count on the opportunity to prove your worth to your new employer, client, and co-workers. Leadership opportunities come in many forms, so don’t overlook jobs that are not by definition supervisory in nature. Even as a teacher, trainer, or project manager you can make a real difference in the impact of a team. Ask interviewers how they see the job as being one with leadership potential. Showing them that you value those skills in yourself will be sure to make a positive impression. And if they don’t have a good answer for you, perhaps it’s worth holding out for a job that does.

Look for opportunities to grow

Growth within a role is very important for your long-term career. Employers look for applicants who have shown improvement in skills and the taking on of increasing responsibility for a single employer as a benchmark of which candidate will hold long term potential. Additionally, there are plenty of reasons to want growth opportunities to maintain engagement and interest in a job for the long term. There needs to be a career path option because you don’t want to be stuck in a dead-end job. Make sure you actively seek out such opportunities in your job search so that you focus your efforts on the jobs that will make you happy in the long run.

If you are having difficulties finding positions that meet your expectations in terms of growth opportunities and leadership focus, it’s possible that you need a little extra preparation to align yourself with the expectations of those hiring managers. Consider taking a course in management or leadership training to learn the theory behind the skills and apply as you can on existing jobs. Consider investing in a PMP certificate, Six Sigma training, or more technically specific courses that will set you apart you’re your competition, other applicants. Leadership training is available for a wide range of budgets, so don’t let finances throw a wrench in your plans. If you don’t have much money to spare, look into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like those through accredited universities, or even pick up a book or watch a TED talk to get started. Then you’ll be better prepared to sell yourself when the opportunity comes to land the job that you’re really looking for.

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