As we jump into the new year, we can sometimes get over enthusiastic with all our goals and plans for the year ahead. I know I do! My suggestion is to select your top 3 goals (personal, career, & life) and then CIRCLE one top priority! Then follow my ‘Clarify for Change' and my 'Two-Step Action' Plan which will get you well on your way to achieving your top goal.
Clarify for Change! For example, if your top priority was ‘I need to a change my work environment or find a new job’, here are some helpful questions to CLARIFY some important 'Why's and What's' before moving forward.
BE HONEST!! Sometimes it is just not the right time for a major change or a new time commitment, and that is 100% ok!! Don't beat yourself up about it; next year will be here before you know it.
However, if you are ready to make the changes needed to reach your No. 1 career goal, …let’s get started so you can 'stay ahead of it!' A favorite quote and mantra that one of best friends lives by professional and personally! And yes, he is a very happy and successful guy all around!
The Two-Step Action Plan
Sheila's situation “I love my current company boss and don’t really want to leave my company, but I’m ready for my next career challenge’.
Step 1. Talk to your boss (schedule a meeting with your boss – tell him you want to talk about your career growth and discuss how you can add even more value to the team this year). Before your meeting:
Step 2. Look at other opportunities within your company/organization.
Tom's situation, ‘I’m done! Tired of company politics, the revolving door at management level, and lack of growth opportunities - I’m ready for a new environment and career challenges where I can add value to my team and grow my own skills set!’
Step 1. Get your professional story in order, so your prospective employer knows the value you can bring via both resume and LinkedIn
Step 2. Find your next job! THERE ARE 3 WAYS to find a job – it’s that simple! These tips will get you started.
Option 1 - Have your next job come to you!
Option 2. Leverage & Build Your Network (Spend 1-2 hours 2-3X a week developing your network. Use a google doc spreadsheet to stay org.)
What about the people with whom you socialize? Where do your kids’ friends parents work? Where does your yoga or gym buddy work? Your Uncles/Aunts/ their friends, college alumni?
- Use LinkedIn to do your research to find out where the above people work today.
- If the company is of interest or has relevant open positions, connect over coffee, or lunch to learn more!
(Saoirse suggests, once you have at least 20 contacts listed out on your spreadsheet who are at companies of interest – add them to a communications calendar and follow-up 1X every 8-12 weeks)
If you know for sure, you don't want to stay in your current organization, get and stay on the radar of the companies and hiring leaders of interest, that you can add value too.
Research the companies that would fall under both lists:
(Saoirse suggests, once you have your target companies and Hiring Leaders listed out on a spreadsheet, add them to a communications calendar and follow-up 1X every 8-12 weeks. **Add target companies and leaders to Hubspot (free CRM) for easy calendar reminders)
Option 3. Online Job Boards (Search firms/Staffing Agencies) Spend 1-1.5 hours 2-3X a week searching online via LinkedIn.com, indeed.com, simplyhired.com, etc. (Pro Tip: Apply to roles you'll be regarded as a top candidate)
Where do I find the additional 1-2 hours 3 times a week?
Your job search doesn’t have to be overwhelming nor does it need to take over your life…Use the 1, 2 Action Plan to reach your next career goal, or join me in the How to Get Hired 1:1 Coaching Program!
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