Here are 3 things you can do to reflect on your job search progress this year and go into 2022 with a clear strategy.
Start by asking yourself whether the plans and dreams you had for yourself 12 months ago are still applicable today. Do you still want to look for a job in that particular industry? In what capacity? Have you learnt something new, developed skills that will now allow you to flourish in a different type of business? Where can you make the best use of your talents?
All of those questions will give you a clear picture of your desires, aspirations and how you can utilise your skills to achieve those.
On top of that, review the year and write down important moments that had an impact on your career or job search. Any important projects that you assisted with and what your role was, any people you met or courses that you enrolled into. Create a summary of your professional achievements and defining moments – and end on a positive note so that you can carry the right attitude into 2022!
Once you have reviewed your year and reflected on your aspirations, have a look on job boards like LinkedIn or websites of companies that you are interested in. Are there any job postings that align with your specifications? This is a great way to compare your achievements with the job descriptions to see where your skills and interests align and also see what areas you need to improve in order to become a better candidate.
December is a month full of social events. Do any of the companies that you are interested in offer networking events which you can attend? Perhaps a charity event? If you know that representatives of the firm that you are interested in are going to attend, those events are a great way to get to know them and create meaningful connections that you can build up on in the New Year.
Use this time of year to reconnect with people you lost touch with recently. Sending a holiday greeting card or even a message can be a great conversation opener – and you never know what might come out of it!
Do not forget about recruiting agencies. It might be worth touching base with a recruiter you have been cooperating with previously and remind them that you are still job hunting. It will expand your reach and allow you to consider a wider array of suitable job positions.
Last but not least, take some time off to relax. Schedule some regular activities that will replenish your energy - take a walk, read a book, meditate, turn your electronics off. Otherwise, you’ll be putting yourself under too much pressure, and eventually start experiencing signs of burnout. Not a great place to be - especially if you’re job hunting! Job searching is stressful enough, getting burnt out while doing it becomes counterproductive very quickly!
December can get very hectic with social events, so it is important to remember that it is okay to turn down invitations and spend some quality quiet time focusing on yourself.
New Year offers us the chance to start afresh, where you can reflect on mistakes from the past and look forward to the future. Set realistic expectations and goals and remain confident in yourself and your abilities. You’ll get there!