You've been thinking about it for a while now, haven't you? All summer, while you've been enjoying the beach, barbeques, and holiday fun, it's been nagging at you. It's time for a change. Those last few days of vacation, you were dreading heading back to reality and that job that no longer feeds your juices. Yes! It's time to start that job search.
Believe it or not, the perfect job is out for you, for everyone. I see it all the time. I'm talking to someone who's done with their current job. They may feel burned out, taken advantage of, unappreciated, or they've simply outgrown the position and there's nowhere to go within their organization. But, moving on is scary, risky, and a lot of work. Isn't it just easier to stay put, in a job you believe is secure? Decidedly not! Life is short. You have skills and dreams. Go on out there and find that next new job that will have all your cylinders firing on high!
And, the good news is, it's a great time to be looking! Recruiters and hiring managers are back from their vacations, rested and ready to start filling those vacancies that were put off during summer. They're eager to get people onboard. Many organizations are starting to budget for next year, so they are evaluating staffing needs. And aren't you just the person to fill that gap? Yes you are!
There's no need to jump in with both feet if you're hesitant and not in a hurry. Take it a step at a time.
1. Polish up that resume. You haven't done anything with it since you took your current position 6 years ago? Well, there's work to be done. Update it with your current position. Identify your accomplishment stories and add them. Be bold! Briefly highlight all the work you've done in your career.
2. Update your LinkedIn profile. With an updated profile that you are ACTIVELY using, you might start garnering the attention of recruiters looking for someone with your skills. This is passive job searching. You're putting your best foot forward and getting noticed without having to do much proactive work. This can work for a while and let you test the waters while you get mentally prepared for a full fledged job search. Check my previous blog on best practices for LinkedIn. It's my favorite tool for job searching and where I spend a good majority of my consulting time with clients.
3. Develop a marketing plan. What are the skills you have that you most want to utilize in your next job? What kind of organization do you want to work in? Large? Small? Start up? High tech, Retail, Non-profit? The more you build your target list, the more you focus on what you want, the quicker you'll find it.
Go ahead. Take these quick and easy steps to start getting your feet wet. Your future awaits you, but just like that lottery, you can't win unless you buy the ticket.
Andrea's passion is to see you achieve your professional dreams. Whether you are a corporate leader seeking leadership development for your employees or an individual seeking guidance in building your career or preparing for retirement, she will coach you to success.