It’s the first week of November already. Where did this year go? It seems like it flew by. This is the time of the year when many people start thinking about making a job change. The trouble is, for most people, thinking is as far as it goes. Then, during the slow week between Christmas and the beginning of the year, they start to wonder how in the world they can pull that off over the course of a week.
Newsflash: You can’t.
3 Tips to Landing a New Job
If you are serious about making a job change early in 2016, let these tips guide your activity:
- Update your individual development plan. This seems like an odd thing to do when you are looking for a new job. Most people think about updates to resumes. This is the ideal time to take a look at yourself first. What are your the talents that you bring to a new employer? What are the types of jobs and assignments that interest you most. Finally, think about what it is about your current job that makes you a desirable employee at a different company.
- Treat your job search like a project. Begin with your ideal job. What does it look like and where might you find it? From there, work backwards and create a detailed task plan. Think about how much time you spend planning for a vacation trip. You need to spend just as much time and effort preparing your job search plan–and then working that plan. Once you identify your task list, go one step further and assign hard deadlines for completing each of those tasks. Just like you would with any other project plan, delegate the parts of the plan you aren’t the greatest at, like formatting your resume, or writing a cover letter.
- Analyze your network. There’s an old saying that goes something like it’s not what you know, but who you know that gets you ahead in the world. This is especially true when you are trying to find a new job. Who do you know at the companies you are interested in? If you don’t know anyone, check your network to see if you know someone who can make an introduction to someone THEY know at the company. It’s all about starting with your closest connections and working outward in widening circles until you find someone who can help you. Once you find the right person, make sure you spend time building a mutually beneficial relationship before you ask for an introduction to the hiring manager. If you find during your analysis that your network isn’t as strong as it should be, add networking to your project plan and set a goal for connecting with a certain number of people weekly.
Finding a new job over the next couple of weeks is an ambitious goal, but it’s one that can be accomplished with some planning and disciplined effort. Good luck and don’t forget to connect with the folks at On Target Talent to build your network!