Improve your life in 2014, step 2: Get a new job

Whether you love or hate New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better time like the present to make a life change. Find out how with our guide to improving your life in 2014.

If your New Year’s resolution was to make some changes in the New Year, good news: We picked four common dilemmas and got expert advice on how you can permanently tick them off your to-do list. Today, LinkedIn career expert Nicole Williams offers advice on finding a job you’ll love in 2014.

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Whether you’re unemployed, underemployed or just plain pissed off by your work situation, a new year means a chance to break out of whatever professional quicksand you’ve been stuck in. LinkedIn career expert Nicole Williams recommends first figuring out what you’re actually looking for. “You need to have a good grasp on what is the best fit for your life, and then match opportunities with that,” she says. “Your boss also plays a critical role in your career development, and not enough people define the kind of person they want to work with and for.” Williams encourages asking yourself the following questions: What topics do you have strong feelings or opinions about? What are you talking about or doing when you feel most alive and energetic? Then look for opportunities that meld those areas with the type of life you want to cultivate.

Make it happen: Brush up on your interviewing skills or résumé writing at the New York Public Library (locations throughout city; visit, which hosts career-focused seminars and talks, covering everything from self-assessment to networking. Entrepreneurs can seek out fellow indie spirits at CoFoundersLab meet-ups (, while creative souls can take part in Emerging Leaders of New York Arts events (; both groups typically gather a couple times per month.

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