My next job you say? Yes, that’s exactly what I said. The job after this one. For most successful career job seekers, the job search trend is to seek out an employment change about every two to three years whether it be working for a new organization or competing for an internal promotion.
So how do you start to prepare now?
Save your job description and original job vacancy announcement
- These documents will come in handy when updating your resume with recent employment information.
Retain your performance evaluations and written recognition
- Resume writers love to brag on their clients and highlight unique and noteworthy achievements. Unfortunately this area is challenging for many of my clients who spend precious time trying to locate or recreate these key documents and accomplishments.
- If you are fortunate to receive a written or emailed compliment from a customer or client, request that your supervisor provide a copy of it for your records. These make great references when adding achievement-related content to a resume especially if they are measurable. Numbers demonstrate immediate value.
Keep a running list of on-the-job training
- Did you attend an advanced spreadsheet workshop that increased overall reporting efficiency and performance? Do tell!
- If the training is relevant to future job interests, you will want to make note of dates, general course information, location of the training, and course duration to either incorporate into the application process or as part of a resume update, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile build.
This process can be as easy as putting it all in a binder with labeled tabs and keeping it in a desk drawer at work. Some folks call it their “brag book”, or for a more muted and discrete approach, call it your “achievement record” .
However you elect to do it, it will benefit you in the long run. You’ll want to thank me for it when the time comes!
Enjoy the new job!