With less then two months left to 2014, many people will start to reflect on their current job situation and think “Why am I still doing this?” Or…”I’ve been working here for how long?” If you’re planning on making a new year’s resolution to get a new job, be warned…A LOT of other people are too.
Discouraged? Don’t jump ship now, this is a process that will take time, A LOT of time, but the outcome is worth it. Here’s a few things to keep in mind throughout this process.
Start Planning Now
I can’t recall how many people ask me about resume services expecting to have same day turnaround for a position that is closing. It cannot be done, and if you find a professional writer who promises this I caution you. The leading credentialing agency for resume writers is the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. A true professional will encourage you to research their credentials and provide samples of their work. Expect an average of a one-week turnaround time for a professional or executive level resume (after you’ve provided all the necessary information).
Remember That Time…?
Remember that time your boss asked you to lead the change management committee, or that department fundraiser you led that raised community awareness? No? Well you should. Start collecting statistics from past projects. Resumes are not just a list of job functions that you performed, they are about how you can add value to an organization.
Leverage Your Resources
LinkedIn is a good place to start. If you don’t have a profile you’ll need one. In today’s job market, 94% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find candidates. Adding pictures, external links to projects and even videos will boost your profile views. Additionally, utilize your professional groups or memberships to find out about openings or review potential career avenues. Network, Network, Network.
You have a job, so don’t take the first opportunity that comes along. Chances are, if you are simply unhappy or feeling undervalued by your current employer you’re looking for something that brings you a feeling of accomplishment, something that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning ready to take on the world (Yes, I realize that almost no one feels this way about working, but strive for it). Wait for it. You’ve already made the decision to start looking so you’re on your way.
Stressful fiscal deadlines and family holiday pressure only adds to your desire to rebuild yourself. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The perfect career won’t be either.