2020 was a rough one, but here we are in a shiny new year! What are your goals for the year? If you suffered a job loss last year and had to take something else in order to pay the bills, let’s get started on finding what’s next for you!
- Brainstorm what you have liked from previous jobs. Don’t limit it to skills, but also think about who you’ve enjoyed working with, what kind of team you fit with best, the tasks you feel good about completing. Write these ideas down so they don’t slip away!
- Next, start a list of any transferrable skills you have from previous work, volunteering, or school. You don’t want to get stuck thinking about just your skills, but they still count for a lot!
- If you’re feeling a bit lost about what jobs are out there, hop on over to the O*Net website and start doing some research. You may even want to take the MyNextMove quiz to see if that helps you generate any ideas.
- When you know what’s next, it’s time for the nitty-gritty: start updating your resume and LinkedIn profile. Make a list of who you need to network Identify any barriers to the next thing, and think about ways to overcome those.
- If you’re feeling really lost and overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am always happy to respond to email, or you schedule a free Career Clarity appointment directly.
- Finally, apply! Be sure to customize your resume and cover letter to match the job description, and check thoroughly for typos or other errors. Misspellings and poor grammar in applications drive people like me (grammar nerds) crazy so don’t add to our aggravation.