Once you announce you’re looking for a new job the job search advice starts to roll in, seriously it will come from everywhere and it will come from every one. And although they mean well, they really do, OK, let’s just give them the benefit of the doubt, it can start to get a little overwhelming. To help you stay focused and moving forward take the time at the beginning of your journey to put a few key pieces in place.
1.) Figure out who has a seat at your table. Who are your trusted advisors? These people have your best interest in mind. They can be close friends, trusted work peers, your first boss or your brothers girlfriend who happens to be in HR. The key is to have a trusted variety, we don’t want to get tunnel vision. These are the people you are going to turn to when you need advice.
2.) Get crystal clear on what you want to do and where you want to do it so when they ask how they can help, because as I mentioned earlier they will, you can tell them. I am looking to secure a position at (such and such company) do you know anyone who works there? And this request can and most likely will change as you move through your search and that’s OK. The important piece is knowing that if you’re not direct in telling people how they can help they won’t help.
3.) Get your resume and Linkedin Profile ready and in order. You may think they’re the same but they’re not. They should complement each other and the dates should match up but Linkedin gives the reader an opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level, and let’s not forget the endorsements and recommendations.
4.) Set yourself a schedule. And don’t forget to include self care. Seriously it’s so important to take care of yourself during the job search it reduces stress and burn out.