Want a New Job in 2017? Start planning now with these 3 Easy Steps

You want turkey and stuffing and…resume updates? Yes, I know that thinking about your career isn’t the top priority on your list right now when you have so many other important things to do. Like eating turkey…and pie. But now is actually a great time to start planning if you want to switch jobs in 2017. Why wait?

Here are 3 easy things you can do now to get ready for the New Year. I promise that they are easy and almost as fun as eating pie! 

Send out holiday messages. The holidays are a great time to follow up with people in your network. By sending a “Happy Holidays” quick message, you can see how they are doing and potentially schedule a lunch meeting for January. Who knows? Maybe their company has a new opportunity that would be perfect for you or you can discuss a potential collaboration on a future project. All of this could come from sending a simple follow up message. And I’m going to make it even easier for you. Here is sample template of the perfect “Happy Holidays” message.

Hi ___________ ,

Hope you are doing well. I just wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. How has your job been these days? Are you working on anything interesting? I would love to get together after the holidays to catch up. Does the week of January 9th work for you? Looking forward to it!

Best,

__________________

Now, copy and paste!  Here’s a challenge for you to do this week. Send this “Happy Holidays” message to 10 people in your network. When you are finished, write me an email with the Subject Line “Happy Holidays” by clicking HERE. I will choose one person to receive a FREE GIFT because you are such an awesome action taker. Seriously, you are really great.

Take a career inventory. What the heck is a career inventory? It’s actually just a fancy term for writing down everything awesome that you have done during the year. Why is this important? Two reasons actually. The first is you will need everything awesome that you have done throughout the year for your yearly performance evaluation. The second is that you will use this information to update your resume. When you are taking your career inventory, it is super important to focus on the results. Here is how to takeyour career inventory from "MEH" to "AWESOME":

MEH: Participated in the college recruiting initiative and helped interns be successful by using effective communication.

AWESOME: Participated in 3 college recruiting events and personally followed up with 5 potential intern candidates. Out of the 5 potential interns, 4 accepted the internship opportunity.  Through effective communication and support throughout the internship, all 4 interns have accepted full time job offers.

See the difference? It’s all about the results!

Participate in the 5 Day Awesome Career Challenge: Land an Awesome Job in 2017. Ready to land an awesome job in 2017? Ready to do something about it? CLICK HERE to sign up now. Taking the first step to finding a new job is really the hardest part. I’ve developed this 5 Day Challenge to make taking the first step so easy.

SIGN UP HERE for my 5 Day Awesome Career Challenge for 5 daily emails with actionable information and career advice starting on December 5th. This will jump start you to taking the first step towards the awesome career that you want and deserve. And did I mention that it’s free and simple to do?   

Sign up for your Awesome Career Happy Hour: Want a more personalized approach to finding a career that you love? Ready to take the first step in a fun and easy way? I am super excited to offer the Awesome Career Happy Hour! It's like happy hour for your career. And who doesn't love happy hour? CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up now. Wine is optional.

Now back to eating turkey…and pie.