AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLimiting your search. Don’t be too anxious to land a job and forget to be creative. Identify your interest – like music – and then spend time brainstorming all the ways you could be involved with it. How can you know what your dream job is until you dream? Not articulating your dream. After you’ve set your goal, develop a clear, one-line pitch that’s specific and differentiates you from the pack. For example, “I want to find a job that uses my science skills,” is less compelling than “My dream is to work for an aerospace company designing rocket engines.” Being the same as everyone else. It’s competitive out there. Take a page from the marketing universe and brand yourself. Figure out what makes you different – then flaunt it. In stationery, dress, manners, attitude and speech, differentiate yourself from your competition. Going it alone. A recent Monster.com poll found that about half of job seekers landed jobs through peers and friends. Talk with family, friends, former co-workers and professors about your goals. Ask if they know someone in your field and would be willing to introduce you. Set up 30-minute informational interviews with as many contacts as possible. Burning bridges at past jobs. Make an effort to maintain regular contact with key players in your last job – they can be references, provide job referrals and give you advice. With the New Year nearly here, you might be thinking of getting a fresh start with a different job. Go about the job search wisely, or you’ll end up in just another dead end. Nicholas Aretakis, career coach and the author of “No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide,” provides these common mistakes job seekers make, and offers tips to help you avoid them: Setting your goals too low. Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t challenge you, help you develop skills, or advance you toward an ultimate career dream. Instead, think big – where you want to be 10 years from now. Then figure out what you have to do to get there, and set interim goals. Shortchanging your résumé. Go over your past job experiences and reframe every description in a fresh, positive light. Make the language interesting and the descriptions compelling. Make your personality and individuality jump off the page. Showing up unprepared for interviews. Before interviews, Google typical questions and prepare answers. Research the company. Have questions prepared. Select your outfit. Do a dry-run drive-by to avoid getting lost. Arrive early. Be positive and flexible. Giving up or being lazy. Treat job seeking like a part-time job. Attend an industry show in your field of interest and meet at least 10 new people. Join job forums at online job sites and pick up tips from other job seekers. Read articles and research industries and companies. Happy New Year and good luck. Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of WORKFORCE magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, email Dawn at [email protected] Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!