There’s no better time than now to slow down, take a breath and reflect on the accomplishments and shortcomings of the past year. The last month of the year is also the perfect opportunity to begin thinking about goals and aspirations for 2024 and beyond.
Is it flexibility? Stability? Or salary? Is it remote work or a job that requires you to be in the office? Is it a challenging position that will push you to learn new skills? Clarifying what’s important is a critical first step.
If you’re still in a job, journal every day and note these two things: What gave you energy? And what left you feeling exhausted?
Over the course of the next several weeks, you’ll see patterns emerge that will help define the elements you should seek in a new opportunity. Once you find those patterns, find ways to engage with the topics or priorities of interest by working with a career coach, podcast series, TikTok users, books, or articles that dive deeper. Reputable influencers with credible experience could be worth following or engaging with going forward.
I have mentioned most of these tips previously, never too late to revisit and take action!
Tips for yearend job search
- Begin targeting specific companies
- Leverage relationships with Recruiters that specialize in companies in your career field
- Update your resume and LinkedIn page
- Schedule exploratory conversations
- Brush up on your interview skills
Remember… Looking for a job is a numbers game: if you don’t play you won’t WIN.
Create a timeline for your search, spend 2 hours per day researching companies and applying for your next job.
I hope that these tips can work to your advantage as you scour the job market for your next employment opportunity. Don’t grow discouraged if things fail to move as quickly as you’d like, the holidays always prove to be a hectic time of the year for most organizations, the. My ultimate advice to you is to set realistic expectations and remain confident in yourself and your abilities. With a positive mindset, anything is possible!
By Cindy Fassler.