Let’s say you’ve given a lot of thought to whether your current job is right for you. You’ve finally come to a decision: it’s time to move on.
Now what do you do? How do you start this process?
Here are 8 actions steps you can take:
Imagine the future
What would you love to be doing one to three years from now? Write down: What’s the kind of work that would make you excited to get out of bed in the morning? What industry do you want to be working in? What position and responsibilities are you looking for? What contribution can you make?
Have a safety net
It’s prudent to keep your current job while you look for a new job. But if you’re so miserable in your present job that it’s affecting your health and you have savings to cover you (preferably for 6 months), take the leap earlier. This also forces you to get serious on your search.
Strengthen your resume
There are many resources to help you build your resume—from paid advisors to free internet advice. Get clear about the type of resume that will produce the result you want.
Don’t burn bridges
Think through who in your workplace would be good references for you. Make sure you strenghten those relationships, so they don’t fall apart once you leave.
Have your recommendations ready
Make a list of other references you can use, including people you’ve worked with in past jobs who would give you glowing recommendations.
Let family, friends, and colleagues know your plans
Research shows that at least half of all jobs come through informal channels. Your personal relationships are critical in your job search. Attend networking events to meet new colleagues and form new relationships.
Share your tips
Keep in regular touch with colleagues who are also looking for work. The more helpful you are in giving them advice and sharing resources, the more helpful they’ll be for you.
Learn about your local job market
Find out what industries are growing and what businesses are staffing up. Find out what it’s like to work for those companies—from your personal network or from anonymous employee reviews at glassdoor.com.
Once you’ve found the job you want to apply for, the next game begins. But these 8 steps will get you up to that point.
The holiday season is the perfect time for you get started on your search, so you can find the job you want and begin doing the work you love.