Resolutions have never been kept. Never. Not in my world. Which is why I have been working on some lifestyle modifications since the middle of 2015. This new year is simply a beacon to kick things into high gear. Some of the goals I have been working toward have been:
Goals, not resolutions.
2. Healthier cleaner eating and carving out time to work out. More on this in the future.
4. Career change so I can spend more time with the people I care about.
Tackling the career change.
December 23rd was my last day at a dead end job. It was a great job, no mistake there, but I was not moving in a vertical direction and did not forsee moving up any time in the near (or far) future. Plus, the job added 2.5 to three hours of a commute to my day. Not something I could keep up until retirement. The drive, overall morale at work, and the exhausting, huge work load was sucking the life out of me. I hung on and searched for about six months for the perfect job in my niche and finally found it in December.
The job search begins.
How does one begin a job search? I started mine by tweaking and updating my resume. Do a resume search of every type of job you have done and add those job descriptions to your own resume. Reading other resume examples of job descriptions may jog your memory of duties and skills you may not remember. Make sure your dates of employment are accurate. Some agencies use third party vendors to investigate job and personal history. This may pose a problem if inaccuracies are found with dates. Also, have a personal and professional reference abailable from every job you have worked. It helps to have left your job on a positive note and remained friendly with your prior managers.
After editing the resume, start networking.
After improving your resume, start looking for employment through who you know. This is the best way especially in the professional world to get highly coveted positions. Many companies prefer to promote from within and will more times than not hire someone recommended by someone they know. If you know where you want to work, find a connection.
No connection? No problem! Know where you want to work? Find out where the professionals spend their free time. I’m not saying to stalk out future coworkers at their regualar watering holes. Think about professional organizations your peers may belong and join. Not only will this help a job seeker meet those in their field, it can aid in the future with career development.
Obvious places to find a job?
Not one job site is a “build it and they will come.” Post your resume, but apply, apply, apply! Apply for every job in your field even if your education does not match. The skillset a job seeker may possess might be more valuable than an educational requirement, which can be later obtained.
While you are networking for a position, post your impressive resume on job sites. Careerbuilder, Glassdoor, Indeed, are some good starting points.
The secret to finding a gem of a job.
Many professional jobs do not post on common job sites. What? You heard me. The job I found after six months was not an advertised position at all. So how did I get it?
Decide what field you want to work and research companies. Find HR personnel and managers on linked in and email your resume and cover letter. Don’t skimp on the cover letter!
The cover letter.
So many people neglect the cover letter. I was guilty when I began the job search. A couple friends reviewed my resume. Everyone who read the resume was inpressed. One friend (an HR manager,) even said, “I do not know why you aren’t getting many call backs, could it be you are over qualified?” What that friend did not realize was the cover letter was missing.
The cover letter is your time to shine. It is perhaps the only opportunity a job seeker has to showcase their talent in their own voice. Showcase smaller but significant aspects like certifications and knowledge of specific computer programs.
Preparing to leave your employer.
If you are in a position, give your boss a heads up you might be leaving, especially if you are the only one with your job duties. And brush up on your company’s policies on voluntary termination. No one wants to mistakenly lose out on getting paid out their accrued time off!
No worries if you do not have a close relationship with your manager, just give the notice per company policy.
Best of luck!
You can do this! Be very patient, the perfect job is just around the corner!
One last tidbit- find a career with a good benefits package. Obama Care has destroyed any chance of having good insurance at a decent price. Choose your career wisely and examine health insurance and any other benefits offered. Retirement packages are so important, they are your key for success later in life.