The New Year is finally here and it is time to start fulfilling those resolutions. While most of the country will aim to hit the gym, why not learn some new tools to strengthen your chances of landing that dream job? Social media will continue to grow and knowing the following skills will keep you on top of the game.

 1. Learn and Utilize ManageFlitter

ManageFlitter is an incredibly powerful tool which breaks down who you follow on Twitter into various categories. Whether you are a community manager, or just want to clean up your Twitter feed, this website is a must-have in your social media arsenal. It has a simple interface and is free for basic use. Adding this to a resume will strengthen your community management expertise and proficiency. 

 2. Crack the Code

Learning to code has never been easier with the help of websites such as Codeacademy and W3schools. Knowing the basics will look great on any resume with the added benefit of software engineering being one of the fastest growing jobs. Set a goal of learning a full language over your chosen time frame and I recommend starting with either HTML or Java. Need more convincing? Here is an infographic explaining the benefits of knowing coding.  

3. Earn your Hootsuite Certification

Hootsuite is one of the most popular social media managing tools available and can take the stress out of multiple platform/account management. However, did you know you can become officially certified and have your name listed in the directory of Hootsuite Certified Media Consultants? Besides the knowledge you will gain through webinars and classes, Hoosuite works to expose its graduates through directory listings, Twitter lists, and badges. Simply head to the Hootsuite University and sign up! 

 4. Join a Tribe

We all like to see that our blogs are growing and including a high “unique visitor” count on a resume never hurt. One easy to way expose your blog to a greater audience is through the website Triberr. The basic premise is you join a “tribe” of similar content bloggers and share each other’s content. It ends up exposing your blog posts to a new audience across multiple platforms. The website is easy to navigate and utilizes your blogs RSS feed so there is no content uploading necessary. 

 5. Build your Linkedin Presence

Linkedin is constantly updating and I believe that the “social” side of the platform is often ignored. While it serves as an awesome online running resume, new features as well as standard tools, can boost your presence as well expertise. Aim to consistently update your status and share content in and out of groups. Take to time to endorse and recommend others and ask them to return the favor. In short, treat Linkedin as one of your major social networks in 2013.

Hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Do you have any social media resolutions of your own? Let us know in the comments.