It's that time of year when many of us make resolutions for the new year: to make more money, get a new job or promotion or become more successful. I have two questions for you: Do you have a plan? What are you doing to manifest and speak life into that new job, promotion or raise you just claimed?
I've discussed the questions above with my friend group and the responses vary. What I've found is most people just apply then sit back and wait or wait for supervisors to define their career path. Let me share something with you: you must go get it! Jobs, promotions, and raises don’t always fall in your lap. I’ve been on the spectrum of favor and going out to get it. Since it’s, the new year and many are looking to obtain the goal of landing a new job. I thought this would be the perfect time to share a few tips with you.
Tip #1: Network. Connect with others in your industry or line of work. I love LinkedIn!!! Attend meetups, conferences or join groups in your area. So many people land jobs based on connections. That person you met last week or 5 years ago could possibly refer you to a friend or work for the organization you are interested in joining.
Tip #2: Research. This is the biggest tip I can give you. Before you submit your application research the company and the role thoroughly. Research salaries for the position or similar roles in your area.
Tip #3: Resume Review. I didn't make this my top tip because I honestly believe most of us know this by now! Each job you apply for is different in some capacity. You can't submit the same resume and/or cover letter for each job. You must tailor your resume to highlight skill sets needed for the role and the industry. This is your introduction to the company! Make it count!
Tip #4: Interview Prep. Again research! Go into the interview knowing more about the company and interviewers than what you see on LinkedIn or the company website. Seek to understand the organization's successes and challenges! Play up your skill set show the interviewer you are an innovator and that you can assist with some of the challenges. Don’t come across as arrogant or make it seem like the organization is doing everything wrong. Really dig in and learn about the organizations need! Know what questions you are going to ask in advance. Also, know how you will answer questions that are directed at you. Be authentic!!! (There is so much on this topic)
Tip #5: Follow up. This can be tricky! Keep the thank you note personable but professional. If the person you interviewed with is always traveling a thank you email might be best for him/her. That way you know he/she will receive it immediately. If someone is in the office most of the time a handwritten thank you note is appropriate. Ask for business cards, get email addresses off the website site if available, ask the receptionist or the recruiter for the interviewers contact info.
Tip #6: Offer. Ask questions. Ask the recruiter to follow up via email with attached PDFs of the organization's benefits so you can review them before deciding. Review the total compensation package. Don't be afraid to negotiate (do not limit this to salary)! This is especially directed to all my women reading this. Studies show that women are not as good negotiating for themselves as men are, mostly because of different expectations. I would encourage women to have a communal motivation for asking for more. If I’m a man and I’m negotiating a salary, I can talk about my competencies. What women need to do is yolk their competencies with a communal concern. I will dive deeper in another post!
There are levels to getting everything mentioned in this post and it begins with you. Being clear about your desire will help you be more intentional about your pursuit throughout the new year. A fact to remember is you manage your career by controlling where and how it progresses. These tips have served me well throughout my career, I hope you find them beneficial for your career as well!