The world is gearing up for the Olympics –and who doesn’t love the pride, passion and Cinderella stories that emerge as athletes break records, scale new heights and enter uncharted territory in achieving lifelong aspirations?
Okay, so that’s just a little bit dramatic. But what better time than now to think about jump starting your job search in 2014? How can you go for the gold and make yourself stand above the others when it comes to being a superstar candidate?
Refresh Your Plan
There’s no time like the present to reevaluate your short and long-term career goals.
- Make a list of companies you might want to work for, titles you might like to hold and skills you’d like to add to your list of core competencies.
- Update your resume. You should be doing this on a regular basis anyway. Now is an opportune time to ensure it’s relevant to any new opportunities you may pursue in 2014.
- Find job boards in your area of expertise. Create a button on your browser that lets you quickly search an organized folder of sites you’ve created.
- Reset your pay and benefit requirements. Be sure they align with your work/life balance.
- Reenergize your networks. Let key people know you’re job hunting and ask them for leads. Reactivate your involvement in professional organizations. Participate in conferences and workshops.
Define What You Really Want to Do
If you love what you do, it’s not work. Figure out what you truly enjoy and which career path would be the best fit with your interests, experiences and personality.
- List what you’ve enjoyed most about your current or past jobs. Jot down things you would have changed if you could. Once you determine what you want and why, you’ll build the motivation and confidence to forge ahead.
- Consider what you’re passionate about and like to do in your free time. How great would it be to do what you love – every day? Be open minded and there’s a greater possibility that a career or business idea will result.
Do One Thing Every Day
It’s unrealistic to think you’ll spend all your waking hours on your job search. Instead, set a realistic goal of doing at least one thing every day towards making a change. This will help you build momentum and stay motivated.
- Make a new contact.
- Search a job site.
- Research a company.
- Send a resume.
Manage Your Time
Hone in on your search when you’re at your best – and make the most of downtime as well.
- Use high-energy time to network and make follow-up calls.
- During periods of lower energy or enthusiasm, research potential employers, prepare for interviews and organize your materials.
- Use downtime to create positive routines. Exercise. Prepare and enjoy healthy meals. Socialize with friends and family. Gain a new skill, hobby or interest. Have fun! In the long run, you’ll be more balanced, relaxed and energized.
Trust the process, be persistent and patient – and visualize yourself on that podium earning a perfect 10 from the judges.
For additional guidance in regenerating your job search this year, read our related posts or contact the team at PrideStaff Fresno today.