When you find yourself searching for a new job–whether by your own accord or blindsided by downsizing–it can feel very unnerving. There’s a lot to consider when you factor in the future of your career, financial security, and your lifestyle. Undoubtedly, anxiety breeds in the unknown.
However, a New Year offers a new beginning, and sometimes it requires going through the following process to figure out your next step.
No matter the motivation behind your job search, give yourself time in the New Year to reflect on the past. Consider your values, your desired lifestyle, and your career goals. Think about what aspects of your career you enjoyed in the past and the parts that you could have done without. Going forward, make decisions to set yourself up for a fulfilling life and successful career.
To give your future your best, you must let go of the disappointment of the past. If you are holding on to the bitterness of a downsizing, allow yourself to process those feelings and move on. Carrying that disappointment and pain into the next chapter of your career only hurts you, but letting go will enable you to enter your job search with a positive, confident attitude.
Once you have let go of the negative feelings you have about your past experiences and reflect about what you want for the future, set goals for the type of career you want to build in the New Year. When you consider your goals, remember that this is your opportunity to write your own script. Consider your financial situation and the type of position you desire when you set goals, but also consider the kind of lifestyle you want.
After taking the time to set goals, create a plan to accomplish those goals. As you take action, make purposeful steps to build your personal brand. Connect to other professionals on LinkedIn, and use the professional platform to highlight your skills, experience, and expertise. Take the time to authentically network and make connections that can influence the direction of your career.
When you take the time to assess the past and make plans for the future, you open yourself up to creating a successful career and a fulfilling life. Make 2019 your year!