The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past and set goals for the year to come. If you are in the middle of a job search or are considering making a job change in the year ahead, now is a great time to start planning it out.
The holiday season can be a challenging time when you’re looking for a job. Whether it’s because employers are putting their hiring processes on hold, or have stopped advertising at all, it’s easy to feel less motivated and use the holidays as an excuse to take a break from your search. Instead of looking at this time of year as a good time to put your job search on hold, try taking a step back and approaching it from a new direction.
Let this be a time of self-reflection and of preparation for taking steps to get your career where you want it to be. Look back on your path up to this point and make a list of what you do and don’t like about it. Have you been inspired by your work? Felt fulfilled in any of the positions you’ve held or by the people you’ve met? Did you lose track of anything along the way? We often start out in our careers with open minds and a feeling of boundless possibilities. As years go by, it’s easy to get focused on the daily grind and lose track of the bigger picture- the goals and dreams we once had for ourselves.
Use the end of this year to position yourself for getting back on track to reaching your dream job. Make a list of possibilities, and narrow it down to realistic goals, ones that you can go into the new year prepared to work towards. Determine what you need to do in order to start moving toward your goal and fully commit yourself to it. Let the people in your professional network know what your goals are and see how they may be able to help.
The dream job you once wanted may not exist, or maybe your dream job now looks different than it did when you were just getting started in your professional life. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find it again- find your passion, find what matters to you, what makes you feel fulfilled and happy with the way you spend your time. Start the new year feeling refreshed in the way you approach your job search knowing that you will be making big changes this year.