Wow…. If you are like me, you can’t believe how fast the summer went this year. As people contemplate a new career or finding a new role, they often put their job search on hiatus during the summer. This is due to kids being off for the summer, taking family vacations or being swamped at their current employer trying to cover for other staff PTO.
Well, as we already are hearing “back to school special” ads, we are reminded that September will soon be here. Don’t wait too long into fall to start your job search.
Begin thinking of your short and long term goals so you can plan accordingly. Do you want to secure a new role by October? November? The new year? This can help you work backwards to start a timeline.
Really think about the reason you are looking to leave your current employer. Have you discussed your concerns with your supervisor? Sometimes, the reason we are unhappy isn’t the true reason and we have to unpeel the layers to get to the core. I remember when I left teaching 20 years ago, I was driving 1 ¼ hours each way and I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. However, I had to sit back and evaluate if it was the drive, the culture or the career itself. It took a bit of soul searching but I determined that even if I found a school closer to my home, it wouldn’t solve my yearning to try something new.
Evaluate your strengths and areas for improvement. If you are worried that your Excel skills are basic, take a class or do online training now to ease your fears once you interview. If you were downsized or terminated and the feeling is still very raw, practice some questions out loud so you can respond without sounding bitter or unhappy. And don’t forget to assess your strengths and build your confidence, prepping beforehand to sell yourself during the interview.
These are just a few quick things to start thinking about now, so you don’t feel overwhelmed when you start your job search. Sit back, enjoy your summer, and be proactive so you can find the right position in 2019 or 2020.