5 Things to Do Right Now If You’re Looking for a New Job

By Mary Truslow on

January can be a catalyst for a career move. If you’re serious about looking for a new role, here are five things you can do right now:

1) Know what you want. This may sound obvious, but I’ve spoken with hundreds of jobseekers and a surprising number of them are unsure of what they want and what they’re looking for. Before you start your search, start with yourself. Determine your strengths, your must-haves, and your goals for your next role.

2) Network. Your own network is the best, most underutilized resource for finding a new job. Identify contacts at the companies you want to work for and connect. Find someone in your network who has a connection at those companies and reach out. Connect with recruiters. Pursue referrals and introductions. Is networking intimidating? Yes. Is it impossible? No.

3) Optimize your resume, online presence, and portfolio. When updating your materials, strive for clarity, brevity, and relevancy. Today’s vernacular should be represented. Showcase yourself in the best light—particularly across social accounts. Your resume and portfolio should illustrate your thinking/talent/skills, the value you provide, and the problems you help solve.

4) Have a game plan. A real game plan. Complete with a "hire by" date. Putting a date on the calendar for when you want to be in your next job will help keep you motivated.

5) Get out of your comfort zone. Looking for a new job is daunting. But don’t settle for online job boards. Find new connections and reconnect with old. Take a class. Connect with me! 

If it really is time to move, stay motivated, take a few risks, and find the job you deserve.