Job search plan counting down to 2022
Get ready for a positive new year by putting together this 7-day 15-minute job search plan counting down to 2022.
Have you had to scale back because of COVID and have time on your hands so are looking for something to do? Maybe you are a holiday hater and even don’t like the festive season. It might seem that 2021 has been a bust. You may have lost track of the tiers, bubbles, vaccinations, PCR, and Lateral Flow tests. Maybe you are keeping a low profile for health reasons. You don’t know if you are Zoomed in or out.
This too will pass. Get ready for a more positive 2022 by putting together this 7-day 15-minute job search plan counting down to 2022.
7-day 15 minute job search tips counting down to 2022
This year we are going to look at not just what you want and need but we’re going to flip it over and see what you can do for others. I have been reading children’s books recently and there is wisdom in their messages.
Day 1: Reach out to someone
You can’t always wait for someone to come to you. Take the initiative.
It doesn’t really matter who you reach out to, or how provided you are correct. You can contact someone who can help you with your career or job search and send season’s greetings or a pandemic check-in. 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 2022. Hopefully, it will be in-person (socially distanced) but if not, you can set up a virtual coffee.
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 and company pages. 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 referencing them by name.
Note avoid “Dimfuencers” and click bait crooks
Day 3: Engage on LinkedIn
Select a post that 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: Use the post share and share it with your network. Share an interesting post with 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. Be open to receiving feedback.
Flips suggestion: offer to be a sounding board for a job search friend. Ask them if they need any help or give them access to your network on Linkedin.
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. Google yourself on someone else’s computer. 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 6: 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. Update your success stories using the be FABulous format.
Day 7: 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 if needed.
Flip suggestion: Offer to introduce a network connection to someone you are connected to who can help them if at all possible.
Day 8: 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 long term. Follow through to creating a strategy for even the first six months of 2022.
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 2022 – get in touch NOW.