The best time to start a job search
Your Career Is The Treasury of Your Life - news! | January 2019
Your Career Treasury

"Your career is the treasury of your life" - Joanne Meehl

At this beginning of 2019 and end of 2018, it’s my honor to say "thank you" to clients for your trust, to colleagues for your support and friendship, to friends and family for "being there".

I’m so grateful to be doing this work with so many wonderful people!
Joanne Meehl
Resume expert who hopes you never need to actually use your resume. "The Resume Queen" ®
LinkedIn profile creator if you want yours to be an employer magnet.
Networking guru who coaches you in elegant (not needy, gimme gimme) networking, finding hidden leads.
Interview prep that puts you at ease matching what they need and describing why they need you.

BA, MS, IJCDC and Forbes Coaches Council Member

The best time to plan your NEXT search: a few weeks after you start your new job. Yes!
Doing some minor yet critical planning along the way really pays off
Huh? You’re thinking: " Joanne, I just landed this job, and you’re asking me 'What’s next?'?!  "

Yes, and it’s called career  management .

What I'm urging you to do just a few months after starting your new job, and once you are doing well in it, is to begin thinking about your  next step. You’ll learn "the lay of the land" in your new company pretty quickly. You’ll rapidly become aware of roles, positions, power centers, who the leaders are, and your place in the whole scheme of things. This is when you will start asking yourself, "Wow, there’s a lot here, what’s ahead for me?"

What will your next title be, what will your new skills be and how will you achieve them, how will you bring value to your next manager or next company? Then find ways in your  current job to learn AND do those things. 

For example, it could mean learning that new, in-demand software tool now that will not only help you in your current role, but will help you set a path to your next one. Or you’ll go for more projects that are enterprise wide because you want a lot of this in your next role. Or you start an initiative that makes your company a leader in the news, with the idea of repeatedly having such impact in your next role.

In short, you’ll be creating your successes now  and paving the way for them in your next position.

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This month’s Tip:
Once a month, network with someone new in your field who you don’t already know
Something I encourage clients to do once they’ve landed their new job is to network with people in their field who they don’t already know.

Think about it: if you do this once a month, at the end of a year, you now know 12 new people.

Add these 12 people to those who you already know who will think of you if there’s an opening at their company. Or at a friend’s.

Adding incrementally to your network like this results in an ever-growing universe of connections who you can help -- and they can help you.
Thought for the Month

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better person. – Benjamin Franklin
Silly rules about resumes: See Joanne’s latest blog, about the unwritten "rules" of resumes : click here
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