September 5th, 2013
Get In The Game: Getting Your House In Order
Have you felt it – shorter days, that slight nip in the air? Fall is upon us, and we all know exactly what that means – football season! Love it or leave it some sage advice has been born from the game. So since there really is a parallel between football and….everything, we thought if fitting to coach you through the job search process over the course of the next few months.
We’ll break it down into four quarters.
- 1st quarter: Job Search and Resume Preparation
- 2nd quarter: Interviewing…Like a Boss
- 3rd quarter: Getting the Salary You Deserve
- 4th quarter: Your First 30 Days; Making Them Count
To begin, as in all noble endeavors, preparation is key. Always assess your current situation before calling the next play. If you’re ready to move on to a new opportunity, it’s always best to be sure you’ve addressed the current one. So before you check out with your current employer, go through the following exercise. Write down five things you can do in the next month to change your situation at work and execute. We guarantee you’ll learn some things that will help you formulate your next steps. The following are a few suggestions to get you started.
Slow Down! Unless you’re a racecar driver, you don’t need to move at 100 MPH all day, every day. We tend to make silly mistakes when we’re working beyond our limit for an extended period of time. Stop that. Prioritize your responsibilities with your boss. Ask for a ten/fifteen minute meeting where you say, “Hey, coach, here’s everything on my plate. How would you tackle these things so that all of this is completed in the time needed?” Chances are you’ll find out something isn’t as life or death as you thought, and you might even have your load lightened a bit. Less stress + less mistakes = happy team.
Get Involved! Nothing is going to change if you sit at your desk and grumble under your breath. If something is important to you, there’s a good chance it’s important to someone else, so take charge and say something, then do something about it.
Make a new friend! At times, especially when things get tough, we tend to live in our own head. Branch out and make a friend in a different department. This isn’t about venting, it’s about networking and connection. There could be opportunities within your organization you’re not even aware of where you could make your mark and find happiness at the same time.
Invest in headphones! It seems a little simple, but it can make a huge difference, especially in an open office environment. Listening to your favorite tunes throughout your workday can lift your spirits, relieve stress, drown out distractions and give a visual queue to co-workers that you are staking out private time to focus.
Take a vacation! We promise, your department, your company, the world will not come to an end. You are given vacation time for a reason. Don’t blow it off! You are not doing yourself or your team any favors by denying yourself time to recharge. It doesn’t have to be a 2-week trek in Nepal. Do something fun for a day or two. Do absolutely nothing for a day or two. 48 expectation-free hours can do wonders for your soul.
No one really likes preparation, but think of the five things as your pre-season. They are there to get you ready to Get in the Game. If at the end you’re still longing to be a free agent, it’s probably time for a change. Tune in next week and find out how to build a starting lineup resume.