The holidays are here! Time for celebrating with loved ones, eating entirely too much, and reflecting on the success of another year gone by. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year…unless of course, you are feeling completely stuck in your career. If the only thing on your Christmas list this year is a new job, these tips can help you land right where you want to be before Valentine’s Day cards hit the market.
- Get Clear: Maybe this is the first time you’ve been in this spot or maybe it’s the 15th, either way, before you make a move, get clear. What do you like about your job? What drives you crazy? What industry appeals to you? What type of culture? The more you are able to set specific goals and understand what you want, the better chance you have of finding it. Take the time to write it all out and think it through. It will pay off in the end.
- Reach Out: Once you are clear (see above), make a list of companies where you would want to work, figure out who heads the department you want to target at each, and then start writing. Personalize each letter specific to that company and introduce yourself. Include bullet points of your skills and achievements. The more the letters you send, the more likelihood of getting a response. You should follow-up with a phone call to make sure they received your note.
- Network: One of the best things about the holiday season, parties! Use this time to reconnect with former colleagues or old friends who may be able to open some doors for you. Let people know you are thinking of making a change in the New Year and see if they have thoughts or ideas that may help. You never know where your next lead is going to come from so keeps ears and eyes open.
- Volunteer: Did you know that studies have shown that volunteering for even an hour a week has been linked with a greater chance of finding a job? Use the holiday to spread good cheer while also learning a new skill or meeting new people. Volunteering also offers more fuel for your resume. Employers will be impressed with your character as well as your ability to bring value to a new situation.
- Wait: You may be anxious, but remember, most businesses begin to shut it down a few weeks before Christmas. As hard as it may be, wait until the 2nd or 3rd week in January to start sending letters and making calls.
Of course, if you are doing all of the above but still feel stuck, MJM is here to assist you in finding the perfect job in companies you will love. Browse the openings on our website or give us a call today!