Don't Wait Until January to Start the End of Year Job Search

9/23/2016
Jodie Garrison

The tail end of the year and onset of autumn can usher in a certain sense of restlessness. Kids go back to school and our own thoughts go back to New Years resolutions — including those we did not keep. We face the end of the year, feel a cool breeze, and understand once again, in a visceral way, the passage of time. What are we doing with our lives?

If our career goals are not materializing, then it’s time to push forward with a job change. But what about putting it off until January?

If the back-to-school season has you considering a job change, don’t wait until January to start your job search process.

USE THE END OF THE YEAR WISELY

If imagining a job search brings up thoughts of applying into black holes, awkward interviews, and potential rejection, then there’s no doubt it will be pretty easy to put off. Yet the end of the year is a perfect time to start your search. By using these months wisely you gain the advantage over the horde of folks who will begin their search in mid-January. However, this is not a call for you to be the early bird — quite the contrary. Who wants worms, anyway? This is a call to align yourself instead with the second mouse. When you start your job search in the fall you have the time to take a different approach to your search. The cheese will follow.

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