As summer approaches, do you find yourself in a job transition? Are you torn between the need to figure out what’s next, but also want to enjoy the break that is summer? Are you like most people and you haven’t had a summer off since you were in school, and find yourself wondering if now is the time?
I’m here to tell you that you can do both. It is possible to be proactive about your job transition while also making time to truly enjoy the summer. The question is what does that look like.
Structure is essential ensuring time for both. During a job transition, it’s important to rest, but it’s also an opportunity to assess, prepare, and explore. With the goal of spending approximately 24 hours a week on career development, you have plenty of time left for summer fun – time with the family, a weekend or week at the cabin, your favorite water sport, and more. So how do you structure those 24 hours for maximum benefit?
First, consider what you want to do next.
Do you want to stay in the same industry and in a similar role? Or do you want to explore new opportunities that leverage your skills and experience. A job transition does not mean you must continue to do what you’ve always done. This is an opportunity to assess what you loved about your previous role, consider what you want in an organization, and identify your priorities to find a role that fits you where you are now.
Next, take inventory of where things are at.
This inventory is about determining your readiness for the job search process. Do you need to refresh your resume or completely overhaul it? Are you new to LinkedIn or simply update your profile? What technology do you need for the job search process? Have you prioritized networking overtime, or do you need to build it from scratch? Who can you use as a reference? Do you have a non-compete in place? Are you willing to relocate for the right role? What are your salary expectations? Do you want or need to grow your skill set by learning a new software or obtaining a new certification? These are all important questions to consider so you can go into the job search process with a clear picture of where you are and where you want to be.
Lastly, what are your goals for your job search?
In order to focus your energy and use it in the best and most efficient way, you have to have a clear vision of what your priorities are. For example, you can’t fine-tune your resume and begin networking without clear messaging on what you are seeking and how you want to position yourself. By first taking inventory and then setting clear goals, you can identify exactly what you need to spend your time on each week and this will ensure those 24 dedicated hours are time well spent.
A summer off may sound like a dream, but without a plan and dedicated time in support of your job transition, the end of the summer will come quickly and you may find yourself frantic for a job. By setting aside dedicated time each week to prepare for your next opportunity, you position yourself to find more joy and ease in the summer break, while also being proactive about your job transition.