As I write this post there are 53 shopping days until Christmas.
If shopping for a new job is one of the items on your list, here are 5 things that you should be doing in the days before December 25th.
- Know What You Want
Before launching on the other four items on this list. The first question to ask yourself should be: “What am I looking for in the new job?”
Taking the time to think about what is important to you in your next job will elevate and bring great power to your efforts during the days remaining until Christmas.
What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles is a great resource that can help bring clarity to your job search efforts.
- Create A Target List Of Companies
As you become clearer about want job you are looking for, the next thing to do is create a target list of long companies that you want to work for.
I have been an advocate of the use of a company target list. Use this six step to get the process started.
- Use Your Network Strategically
A 2012 CareerXroads study reviled that 75% of all available jobs are filled either through employee referrals, social media recruiting or the personal networks of hiring managers’.
This mean that your job search must be focused on strategically networking, backing up your list of target companies ensuring you can make the connections needed to find the next job.
My friend Marc Miller, the founder and CEO of Career Pivot has written extensively about networking. His white paper Strategic Networking is a great guide in how to turn your existing network into a more powerful force for your job search.
- Upgrade your LinkedIn profile and other social media
Having an effective presence on social media and specifically LinkedIn is key in finding that next job. Today your LinkedIn profile is more critical than a resume in fining new opportunities.
Upgrading and keeping your LinkedIn profile refreshed is central in showing that you are serious about your profession and available for new opportunities.
As a LinkedIn Ninja, I have written extensively about LinkedIn. Here are a few posts from MarbenBland.Com that can get you started:
- Start Spreading The News
The fact that you are looking for a job should not be a secret. Tell everyone you know that you are looking, counter to what many may think the holidays is a superb time to conduct an effective job search.
In a post I wrote last year called How to Power Up Your Holiday Job Search I outlined strategies for using the parties, dinners and goodwill leading up to Christmas to your job search advantage.
Find A New Job Under Your Tree
Job searching, whether employed or unemployed, is never a fun undertaking.
Use the next 53 days to challenge yourself to take your job search to the next
Good luck and have a very merry job searching Christmas.