“Hooray, it’s winter!” said no one, ever.
Sure, that first snowfall is pretty. The delicate dance of flakes conjures up visions of skiing and sledding and sweaters, or comfy sweats and a cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, once that initial sparkling majesty wears off, it’s cleaning the boot tray, and toweling the dog off (don’t forget to clean their paws!), and ‘why don’t I have tire chains, again?’
We get it.
One bright spot for those seeking new employment is this: Now is one of the best times of year to seek a new position! Budgets are in, and after that first week of January, everyone’s fired up and ready to build out their teams. Was your resolution this year to be a more satisfied you? Why not start with the place where you spend most of your waking day?
Not sure where to start? No worries! Take these tips for a spin.
Update your LinkedIn profile.
Have you learned to code? Did you just lead a project that garnered a major client win for your company? Boom – experience update! Is your profile photo the same one you used when you first started using LinkedIn? If that was anything more than two years ago, it may be time for a change.
Figure out what you want.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? We’re willing to bet it’s not a 2 hour commute, or fixing the printer for the 50th time. While there’s some debate over whether or not there’s any such thing as a dream job, your job should still involve doing something you enjoy or value. Of all your work experience, what made you happiest? Aim for a job where you can do that regularly.
Research, research, research!
Do you want to be hired because you’re Generic Warm Body X? Of course not! Nor do companies want to be courted because they’re Meh It’s a Paycheck Y. You owe it to yourself (and your future employer) to know what prospective companies do. Learn about their history, their field, and whether or not they have any charitable programs. You’ll thank yourself later!
Remember, even if you’re not actively seeking, most recruiters will be interested in seeing how much you’ve invested in your personal brand. Don’t be afraid to let them get to know you!