Change of Seasons and your Job Search
Note: I first posted this in October 2012. What I have to say is still as relevant today.
Being in Tennessee in the fall is truly one of the best things I have ever experienced. There are a myriad of reasons to be here and to enjoy the season; here are just a few:
- College Football Season-we get to see Vanderbilt and some of the best competition in the country from our fellow SEC members
- Fall Colors-we have a wide variety of tree types here and the colors can be stunning
- Climate-we have several warm days and a few crisp ones; a great variety
- Did I mention football season?
As the seasons change, so should you too change the methodology and approach of your job search. If not change, then take the time to review how and what you are doing. Here are a few guidelines that are worth considering as the seasons change:
- Review your resume-is there anything you have done in the past year that needs to be highlighted on your resume? Is there anything on your resume that is no longer relevant? Seasons change and you may have changed the direction of your search and not considered fully the content of your resume; look it over. Also look over your LinkedIn profile. Making a change to your profile will alert others that you are still alive and kicking. Make a LinkedIn profile change at least weekly.
- Update and add to your contact list-too often we get into habits or ruts when it comes to who we contact or talk with. This happens to me all of the time. Who are 2-3 new people you can add to your network on a weekly basis? Who are new companies that you need to be investigating and how can you best make contact there?
- Prayer-Job search is a trying time and you need all of the support you can muster. Just like a running regimen, you need time to recharge and rejuvenate. Prayer is a huge help and you need to ensure that your prayer life is active and meaningful. I have the opportunity to work with many job seekers in this region and their prayer life, and the prayer support of others, can be the difference between optimism and success versus pessimism and wanting. Lift those prayers up often, daily if possible.
There are many other things I could mention, but these three came to mind first. Many of us make changes around the house when fall comes. We take out the screens and weatherproof the house. So you too should make changes and prepare for the next season of your job search.
Don’t get caught out in the cold.