This is the time of year that media likes to shower us with lists – the best of this and that, the worst of these other, what to do to finish your financial year in good shape, how to start your new year diet on the right foot. On and on and on. Some of this is actually quite helpful. And we do seem to gravitate toward lists.
This natural break between old and new is a good time for assessment. Something that job seekers are advised to do in many ways, and frequently. Not an easy thing, but necessary and beneficial. Find some means to make this activity palatable for yourself and you will gain something to help you plan your next steps. I do various things to convince myself I can do it – set a time limit, plan a reward for getting a portion done…
The broadest and simplest place to start planning job search in the New Year is to think about what worked and what didn’t in this year’s search. Job search is so personal and subjective that this should be about your own perspective of what works and what doesn’t and why. Every person that you talk to will have a completely different idea of how this question should be answered. A person could stay in this review stage forever just by gathering ideas from others. But we need to move to the next stage of the review which is planning.
What will it take to do more of the stuff that worked? Would some of the things that didn’t work go better with a slight change or two? What has been suggested that you haven’t attempted? Maybe it’s time to stick a toe in that pool.
Do you conduct a review? How do you go about it?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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