This is a blog post about the simple steps you can take that will move you forward on a hot summer day when you don’t feel like thinking about a job but should be anyway.
- Go hog wild searching online job boards. You can search any job board on your mobile device. So, go for it. Cast your net wide. Search for remote jobs. Search for local jobs. Search for jobs in your field. Search for jobs related to your field. Search for jobs that are a stretch. SEE. WHAT’S. OUT. THERE. You can do this while watching Netflix on your couch or while lounging at the pool. As a result, you may find a job that totally motivates you to actively engage your job search, or you may just figure out what jobs you should be looking for. Either way, no harm, no foul.
- Identify the industry buzzwords you need for LinkedIn to incorporate them in your profile. If you are like me, just getting your LinkedIn profile together is a chore. Now that I have it mostly complete, I know I need to revise it to make it work better for me. And where do I find the language to make my profile work better for me? On LinkedIn itself. Don’t feel like updating your profile? Now’s your chance to surf LinkedIn and mine the profiles of people in the positions you want. Again, this profile surfing is an easy activity to compliment your channel surfing. Just make sure to keep track of the key words so that you can figure out how to incorporate them later.
- Proofread and update your resume. Now, this activity assumes you have a resume, and I hope you do. So, tweak it. If you know what jobs you are looking for, now is a great time to make sure your resume is targeted and aligned with the job postings. Proofreading requires focus, but it’s also a step to take when you can concentrate for a few minutes. Take five minutes, and proofread for one item—verb tense, commas, misspellings—you choose! Later on, choose another issue, and spend five minutes on it.
Summer’s here. It’s easy to put the job search off until Fall, but even if you aren’t feeling it right now, take small steps to move you towards a fully-realized job search.
You will thank yourself come Fall.