7-day 15-minute job search plan counting down to 2021
This is a post for anyone who does not celebrate Christmas or who has had to scale back their celebrations and get togethers and maybe has time on their hands and looking for something to do. Maybe you are a holiday hater and even don’t like Christmas. It might seem that 2020 has been a bust. You may have lost track of the tiers or bubbles you are supposed to be in and are Zoomed out but this too will pass. Get ready for a more positive 2021 by putting together this 7-day 15-minute job search plan counting down to 2021
7-day 15 minute job search tips counting down to 2021
I’ve been reading a lot of children’s stories this week and I’ve found wisdom that even adults can pay attention to! I also suggest you factor in two steps when you can. Flip it over. What can you do for someone else in this difficult time?
Day 1: Reach out to someone
It doesn’t really matter who you reach out to or how. You can contact someone who can help you with your career or job search. It might be a person who can organise a key introduction. Get in touch with a colleague or a contact and pave the way for a meeting in 2021. Hopefully, it will be in-person (socially distanced) but if not, you can set up a virtual coffee.
You can’t always wait for someone to come to you. Take the initiative.
Flip suggestion – invite someone you can help for a coffee. Check in to see how they are getting on.
Day 2: Make a networking target list
Identify career coaches, recruiters, hiring managers and resume writers whose content will help you with your job search. Follow them on LinkedIn and click through to their web sites. Read their blogs, listen to their podcasts during the week and check out their other social media accounts. There is a wealth of excellent information out there.
Flip suggestion: share their content on social media or with your connections.
Day 3: Engage on LinkedIn
Select a post which resonates with you, ideally from someone you would like to get to know and comment meaningfully on LinkedIn. This is more than just clicking “like.” Make a thought-provoking contribution and maybe one that starts a dialogue within the comment section. LinkedIn algorithms like that! Follow the person who made the post and even connect with them offering a personal message of recognition “I really enjoyed your stimulating post. I would be delighted to connect on LinkedIn.”
Flip suggestion: Share an interesting post with a contact or tag them in one of your replies.
Day 4: Perfect your pitch
Practise your elevator soundbites and answers to interview questions. You can record yourself on Zoom or even on your own voice mail. How do you sound? It’s important to have at least three responses to “tell me about yourself” in your DNA so you have something ready at the drop of a hat.
Flips suggestion: offer to be a sounding board for a job search friend.
Day 5: Monitor your digital footprint
Recruiters and hiring managers check out your social media streams to make sure your digital footprint is in line with the image you want to project and your career goals. If there are any dubious photos or you are tagged in anything write to the person who posted it to “detag” yourself.
Flip suggestion: if you see any photos in your timeline that compromise a friend or colleague, delete them.
Day 2: Review your LinkedIn profile.
If you haven’t paid attention to your LinkedIn profile for a while it may need a lot of work. Review it with a neutral eye. Highlight at least one new achievement, especially something you might have done during confinement.
Day 6: Put a CV on your phone
Even this year it is possible to meet a few people. Make sure you have an updated CV on your phone so you can share it immediately.
Flip suggestion: Offer to introduce a network connection to someone you are connected to who can help them if at all possible.
Day 7: Make a plan
Over 50% of women don’t have a career strategy. Without a specific plan your career goals won’t materialise on their own. The universe won’t take care of you. You will have to do it. Now you are in the habit of setting precise and measurable goals AND taking action to deliver them, think longer term. Follow through to creating a strategy for even the first six months of 2021.
If you can’t fit in this 7-day 15-minute job search plan before the end of the year, don’t worry. Start it at the beginning of January. We’ve noticed many out of office notifications are set until 11th January so some are taking an extended break.
But most importantly, relax, take care of yourself and stay healthy.
If you need help with your career strategy for 2021 – get in touch NOW.
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12th January 2021 “Habits to help you work more effectively remotely” Crop Life Europe - Corporate event
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