Congratulations! Typically, even thinking about a job search can be daunting. It’s time to flip the script, and seize this time for you. You are entering a time of growth, vulnerability and discovery. This season will make you stronger! Here are seven strategies to help you take advantage of this challenging, exciting season of life.
Know why you’re looking.
Take time to evaluate your feelings in your current position. Why are you considering a switch? Maybe you don’t have a current leadership fit, your job duties don’t align with your passions, or you’re looking for more work/life harmony. Whatever the reasons are, be sure to take time to write them down and process why you are ready to start looking.
Why are your considering a switch?
Define your values.
Understanding your values personally and professionally is key to any job search. Write down a list of ideal traits in both companies and leaders. Narrow and focus your energy by looking at job opportunities through this lens. Switching jobs in a major transition. Make sure you’re clear on your values so you only spend energy on opportunities that align.
Write down a list of ideal traits in both companies and leaders.
Update your resume.
Practically, it’s time to start reviewing and updating your resume. We recommend keeping a running record of all your accomplishments (even when job-hunting isn’t on your radar!). Revisit the last version of your resume. Update if you can, or feel free to start from scratch. Remember to tailor your resume to the positions for which you are applying. Creatives, feel free to create non-traditional resumes. If you’re applying to corporations, be sure to have a functional and text-only resume versions.
Tailor your resume to the positions for which you are applying.
If you’re unhappy with your current position, and you’re open to sharing, consider a courageous conversation with your current employer. There may be an opportunity to internally shift resources to adapt or enhance your current position. More often than not, their interest is in keeping you on to reduce turnover. Tread wisely with this strategy, as you need to be prepared to leave.
If you don’t feel like you’re open to sharing, you can keep it private. Work diligently outside of office hours to set your job search up for success. Many people worry “What if my employer finds out I’m looking?” Be prepared to be honest and respectful if they find out, and have your community of support ready if you need to leave sooner than expected. We recently shared some other ways you can prepare for a major transitions such as starting a rainy day fund and giving yourself career closure.
Be prepared to be honest and respectful if they were to find out, and have your community of support ready if you need to leave sooner than expected.
Utilize your network.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. This phrase rings true especially as you’re looking to switch jobs and level up your career. If your search is not public yet, spread the word to close confidants, family members and connections. Your close circles can have fantastic connections and opportunities to share with you. Be sure they know it’s not public yet, but you’re ready to start exploring. Attend networking programs and professional development opportunities. And when you’re ready to make it public, use those opportunities to share your ideal position and/or company with those you meet.
Spread the word to close confidants, family members and connections.
At Central Exchange, we help encourage and support each other through the best and most challenging seasons of life. Many of our members join us during a career transition — as they consider new ventures and job opportunities. If you’re looking for authentic, genuine community, come to Central Exchange. You’re welcome to be our guest at one of our many upcoming programs.