4 Ways to Prepare for a Future Job Search (even if you LOVE your job right now)
So, you love your job. Good for you. What about when all of a sudden you don't? Or you're all of sudden asked to leave: restructuring, downsizing, office moves to another state, FBI raid...
If you suddenly find yourself on the couch at 2 pm watching Ellen instead of in your office polishing your newest sales deck, what are you going to do?
The usual response I see? Scramble and panic.
Even if you can't imagine a life without your current job, you need to prepare for a sudden, swift shift that no longer allows you to love your job (ask some Uber execs about the summer of 2017).
Start doing these 4 things right now, to protect your future (okay, you can finish your latte first).
All the Numbers If you work in a job where ANYTHING is measured, keep track of those numbers yourself. I can't stress enough how impactful those numbers will be when it comes time to market yourself for a new job.
In sales positions, this is pretty straightforward. In other roles, you may have to dig a little deeper.
How many clients (internal/external) do you support? What is your response time or turnaround time on requests/projects? How many people do you manage/train? What is the budget amount you control? What is the value of programs you oversee?
Also, think about quantifying and tracking improvements of any kind - cost reductions, time savings, employee engagement changes, attrition/retention rates, etc.
Trusted with a big project at work? This is resume gold - especially if the project had a positive impact on the company or your group/department.
The definition of project can be as broad as you need it to be: an idea that was implemented, a new report you developed, an interim assignment during an employee absence, etc.
Any time you step outside the letter of your job description, deserves to be recorded for future use (resume, promotion, salary negotiation, etc.)
Accolades & Performance Reviews
Pretty please with sugar on top, keep your performance reviews! Scan them, print them, email them to yourself - whatever you need to do to save them for personal use.
Old reviews can be a gold mine of information if you suddenly find yourself in a job search for the first time in many, many years.
They can jog your memory about performance outcomes, projects, and strengths. They also deliver insight about your unique value - what past bosses thought about you and your contributions, is what your next boss wants to know!
Hopefully it goes without saying, but you need to track awards/accolades. It's kinda awesome to say "award-winning" on your resume AND have the specific details to back it up.
"But I HATE Networking!" Yes, me too. Calm down crazy.
Can you trade 5 minutes of your usual Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat time to go on LinkedIn? Thought so.
All you need to do is like/share a few posts, keep your current role updated (with all the stuff you're tracking above), and send out a few invites.
Continue to grow your network and be engaged. You can't just show up on LinkedIn when YOU need something. You have to be there with help and advice when others in your industry need something.
Added bonus: LinkedIn can help position you as a thought leader and an expert in your field. Which, could pay-off (cha-ching!) when, and if ever, it's time to job hunt.
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Tammy Banfield is a professional resume writer and certified career coach who specializes in helping talented and ambitious women advance their careers and find rewarding, fulfilling jobs.
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