Super focused on the holidays? I know it’s an exciting time of the year, but you need to make time for your job search right now. Our list makes it easy!
Look I get it. Year-end is the perfect time to let go and relax a little. I know parties, friends, and family is your primary focus for the next few weeks; making it hard to think about your current professional situation. However, when January hits and you’re headed back into the office to tackle a job you hate, you’ll wish you had started preparing for your job search sooner.
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Make A Plan Stan, Your Job Search Will Thank You
If you want to begin a productive job search, you need a plan. Don’t allow fate to push your job search any way the wind blows! Sit down and create a plan of attack. You need to have a formal plan that includes what you’re looking for in your next role and how you intend to make it happen!
Create A Resume Wire Frame
You can’t expect to launch an epic search with a resume that looks like a second grader created it. Before you waste time writing your resume, define the goal, branding message, and design for your unique resume. Online templates won’t cut it.
Build out a rough sketch or “wireframe” of your resume (think of it as a simple rough design on paper – not with actual wire) Your wireframe is a guide of how you want your resume to appear and look once it’s written. You’re not creating content just yet, only designing the format.
Define Your Message
Your branding during a job search is critical. Defining your brand requires thought. You need to message yourself clearly while being mindful of keywords and your overall goals. Your brand will need to seamlessly translate across all your job search tools including your resume, cover letter, interview thank you notes and LinkedIn profile.
This Isn’t a Huge Ask
Ok, so the above items are easy to begin. You don’t need to spend hours on this, but you need to start. If you want to launch a job search with a bang next year, make time to cover the basics now.
If you want help, you know our team of Professional Certified Resume Writers and Career Coaches make it easy by doing the work for you. But, if you’d like to learn how to make a plan and prep for next years job search now, hit the subscribe button below and share your email to join our free DIY challenge.
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