Sarah McCord from The Muse has come up with 3 awesome tips on how to get yourself organised when you know you want a change and be ready to spring when the time is right!
1. Revamp Your Resume
When’s the last time you updated your resume? When you applied for your current role? If so, it’s time for an update.
Many people wait to revise materials until they’re about to submit a job application, because they want to customise them for each role. While tailoring your resume is an important step, it’s actually the second one you should take. The first—and often overlooked—one is to create a resume you can send anywhere.
It helps you in two ways. One, you’ll have a strong, current jumping off point when you are ready to customise it. And two, if someone asks you to simply “ send on your resume ” the moment you share that you’re looking, you’ll have something to ready to go.
Sarah says that way too many people wait until the last minute before they update their all important resume. While it’s good to customise your job applications it’s a great idea to have your resume updated and ready to go so all you need to do is fine tune it. Having a strong resume that can be sent anywhere is also important so you’ll have something ready if an unexpected opportunity comes up.
2. Polish Your Personal Brand
Need yet another reason to set up a personal website , start publishing on LinkedIn , or take on some other brand-boosting activity you’ve been putting off?
When it’s actually time to pound the pavement and send in numerous applications, odds are you’ll be too busy to also build a personal site or write a blog post, too. Additionally, hiring managers are more impressed by actions over time than the appearance that you became interested in being a thought leader the day before you sent in your materials for that new job.
Start publishing now, it’ll pay off when you have weeks (or months) of work to your credit.
So if you haven’t gotten around to creating a LinkedIn account or setting up a personal website the time to get creative and get it all happening is while you’re biding time waiting for that position to come along.
3. Warm Up Your Network
Sure, you can’t ask for a referral yet; but you don’t want “Can you get me a job?” to be the first thing you say to someone after you’ve fallen out of touch anyhow. If it’s been a while, make an initial effort to reconnect by sending on an interesting article or a note to see how the other person is doing. Bonus: The holidays are a great excuse to get back in touch !
Keep in mind, you don’t want to jump from ghost to stalker. It’ll seem insincere (and slightly bizarre) if you go from no contact in three years to suddenly messaging that person at your dream company each week like you’re BFFs.
Additionally, you don’t want to wholly bury why you’re reaching out—at the risk of seeming like you’re leading them on. So, while you may not be ready to announce that you’ll be looking for a new job, you can mention that you’re interested in learning more about the other person’s industry or role, and ask if you could send on a few questions. This positions you perfectly to ask further questions (like insider tips for getting a job!) when you are ready to start your search.
Sara also says doing them will not only help you to be ready when the time is right, they can also help you get through tedious hours at a job you can’t stand!