2018 New Year, New Relationships

FriedaNew Year’s resolutions and job search are a lot like romantic relationships. Some job seekers choose to flirt with the idea of looking for work. Some prefer dating without limits, and are open to any and all possibilities. While others, are more marriage-minded and looking for their one and only love: a career focused opportunity!

Some resolutions involve getting a job before the end of the year or at least by the start of the new. There’s nothing wrong with this mindset. However, you may want to consider what “type” of job seeker you are before you allow yourself to be restricted purely by the stroke of midnight! Timeframes will vary depending upon what type of job seeker you are and resolutions you have chosen.

picture of fireworksTHE FLIRT, Commitment Optional

Not everyone has to be in the exact same place when it comes to job search. If you don’t need to look for work and can sustain your lifestyle with little to no financial burden! Continue reading my blog for additional resources. Cheers to you!

TIP: However, if you find yourself filling out one application at a time while “waiting” for someone to contact you, you may be “waiting” indefinitely. Job search requires commitment! It’s a strategy consisting of time spent in ongoing employer research, active networking, targeted resumes, and applications galore, all while attending Workforce Solutions Seminars until you find your New Year’s match.

TIP: Submitting one application at a time (or flirting), won’t provide sufficient return on your investment. Change your strategy by putting in three to five applications weekly to increase possibilities. As your production increases, you should notice significant and measurable results in employer interest and interviews.

DATING Beyond Limitations

You are progressive, “live in the now,” and think beyond limitations. If this sounds like you, then congrats, you may actually be on to something! If you’re not seeking a career position, your possibilities are truly limitless, more so than if you were focused primarily on a certain industry or job title!. Consider yourself unrestricted by those end of year, (or start of year), self-imposed deadlines. I prefer to think that you’re “clever” and that you didn’t accidently fall into this way of thinking. (Nod your head in agreement).

TIP: If any full, part, temp, temp to hire or seasonal position(s) is just your speed make sure you’re registered in WorkInTexas.com to increase access to these and other types of employment. Our database offers thousands of job leads available across the state of Texas! And, because you are open-minded and flexible in your search, expect endless opportunities throughout the new year.

MARRIAGE – Minded and Focused

Your new year can only end one way…career focused! With little exception, you have remained loyal through layoffs, downsizings and company closures. Employed within the same industry for most of your adult life; your commitment remains intact. Your eyes see no other opportunity because (to you), it doesn’t exist! Depending on your experience and labor market research, your search may take longer than planned. And you’re ok with that. If that describes you, read on.

TIP: Be sure to include seminars (Skills Identification, Resume, and Interviewing), from Workforce Solutions in your hectic schedule. Participation, like fireworks, will add refreshing color and pop to your current agenda!

TIP: Finally, If you need additional tips or motivation from someone who’s been there, I encourage you to take a look back at two of my previous New Year’s inspired blogs, “Holiday Tips for the Soul,” and “Resolutions Revisited.”

Here’s to wishing you a joyful and prosperous New Year filled with sparkling resolutions and successful relationships in abundance!

Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Facilitator team specializing in training, educating and assisting students, job seekers, employers and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast region, regardless of abilities. She obtained her BFA in Graphic Communications and minored in Psychology from The University of Houston. Frieda, a native Houstonian with a love of training and development, and has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 10 years.

5 Responses to “2018 New Year, New Relationships”


  1. 1 Ester R Mack January 26, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Hi Frieda, I was inspired by your blog. Thank you for the tips!

  2. 2 Frieda January 8, 2018 at 7:55 am

    S. Walton, thanks for stopping by and glad you liked it!

  3. 3 Frieda January 4, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Thanks Deb! I really appreciate that and glad you enjoyed it!
    –Frieda

  4. 4 S.Walton January 4, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Very interesting, I really like it!

  5. 5 Deborah Guillory January 4, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I enjoyed your blog. So proud of you


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