It’s the holiday time which is a time for celebration, connection, family, friends and reflection. Connecting once again with those close to you can bring you lots of joy, but connecting with someone who can hire you and lead you toward your next great opportunity can be the jingle your bells need for the next step in your career. As you reflect on the year and gain a peaceful feeling of the holiday season you should also consider reviewing your resume to see if you need to update any information and maybe even learn how to balance your workday with some breaks that will allow you to stay ready and prepared all day. You can take this time during the holidays to become better connected with your loved ones but also to make improvements in your career that will pay off for years to come.
Don’t Stop Your Job Hunting Just Because of the Holidays
If you have been looking for a new job the holiday time can be the right time to do so. As the year winds down some hiring managers need to use up money that will disappear if they don’t hire someone before the new year, which can be to your benefit. Another reason to use this time for job hunting is the slower feeling of the season. Someone you want to connect with can be in a position to meet with you because they aren’t as busy as they are once the new year arrives and business starts up again. Make sure you put in the effort by following up on your resumes and LinkedIn to help you find a job and make it easier for you to start your new year off with a great new job opportunity.
When Your Job Title Doesn’t Reflect What You Really Do
Different companies have a unique definition of what a job title actually is. Your title can mean one thing to you and the company you currently work for but when you are looking for new opportunities outside your company it’s important to list your title but to augment it with some information regarding what that title actually means. By doing this you explain further and add keywords to your resume that will help you be noticed by more companies and have a much better chance at an interview with a new company. Using augmented titles and additional information in your title will allow you to express what you do in language that is more acceptable across your industry to open more possibilities for you.
How to Schedule Work Breaks for Maximum Productivity
The Globe and Mail Article:
You don’t want to go into your workday making it a grind from one end to another and your boss doesn’t want you to do this either. You need to give yourself time off on a regular basis. The most productive rhythm that has been used has been to work for an hour or two and then take a fifteen minute break. This gives you a great balance between your work and getting your mind free and clear. It’s especially important to do this when you have just completed a project before you begin another one. Use this time to unwind, connect with your coworkers, get up from your desk and refresh. You will be more productive and your boss will appreciate the fact you are still fresh at the end of the day.