Winter is coming BUT Can you afford to hibernate?

‘Autumn arrives in all its beauty and the promise of change,

Do not hide away, plant your acorn and grow’

vladislav-muslakov-261627-unsplash.jpg

What is it about Autumn that encourages us to hunker down and feel the need to hibernate?

For me, Autumn is the time when I want to be pushing forward even harder, as the nights draw in earlier and daylight saving comes into play, so does the excuse to delay future plans.

aaron-burden-149691-unsplash.jpg

We are consumed with Halloween (which I LOVE) and then Thanksgiving and throughout all of this, we find excuses not to progress and push ourselves in the workplace.

Autumn is the time for a change; the leaves, the weather and of course it is a time to reflect on the summer and look back on our vacation and time spent with the family.

In Autumn we need to dig deeper into our resilience reserves. It is easy to sit back and hide under our duvets when the weather gets cold and equally it is easy to sit behind our desks at work and hibernate away from making a change.


Be the first leaf to fall!

Ask yourself, can you afford to hibernate from your career? I do not necessarily mean in the monetary sense. I mean, can you afford to delay decisions or not ask for that raise?

Autumn can be the ideal time to make a career change. Not only is everyone else hunkering down in their career and waiting for the new year; employers are often feeling the pressure of change before the busy period kicks in.

Why not be THE person companies hear from in October? Use the fact your fellow job seeking competition will be distracted with seasonal celebrations and put yourself forward for that dream job?

During the holidays, nobody really hires (other than seasonal employees), BUT THIS IS WHY you should be connecting with potential employers... not with the intent of getting hired, but rather to make yourselves "be known" an get in their radar screen.

Don’t be like a squirrel and pack your nuts away for the winter! Why not be more like a bird of prey working hard every day to find that next meal (or dream job).

Hibernation or Procrastination?

There is a difference.

Some of my clients use the excuse of hibernation as a classic way to procrastinate their job search or making a decision on a career change. Often, it is easier to delay a decision as change can feel uncomfortable.

ian-keefe-593143-unsplash.jpg

Why not be THE person companies hear from in October? Use the fact your fellow job seeking competition will be distracted with seasonal celebrations and put yourself forward for that dream job?

During the holidays, nobody really hires (other than seasonal employees), BUT THIS IS WHY you should be connecting with potential employers... not with the intent of getting hired, but rather to make yourselves "be known" an get in their radar screen.

Don’t be like a squirrel and pack your nuts away for the winter! Why not be more like a bird of prey working hard every day to find that next meal (or dream job).

Now don’t get me wrong January and February are the prime time when it comes to ramping up job searches, but your competition will also be thinking the same and delaying their job search until the new year too.

What are the chances that dream job still being there in three months time? If it is, you can guarantee your competition will be applying for it too?

Still, need motivation?

Here are four quick and easy ways you can kick-start your Autumnal career transformation!

  1. Dark nights & Wet days - Couch surf with purpose!

Both are perfect for taking the time to start your job search. Allocate a couple of hours each week or at the weekends and start making a list of the jobs you want to apply for! Sofa surf with purpose

      2. Career change?

With the change of the leaves consider if it is time for a change of career. Ask yourself a few questions. Do you like your current job? What about your job or career don’t you like? Make a pros and cons list. If the cons list is shouting to you, maybe now is the time to change your career? What excites you?

     3. Show what you CAN do for them.

Show the hiring manager what you can do for them in the future. Your resume will highlight what you have done. What are you going to bring to the company that solves a need for them? Think about the job description and see how your covering letter can address it. What can you offer? What can you do for them?

4. Get your winter nuts in order!

Now is the time to update your resume and covering letter. Before you even press SEND on applying for the dream job or new career path make sure you are putting your best self forward. A good resume and covering letter can get you passed the bouncer and straight to the VIP lounge. Need a hand with your resume and covering letter - Get in touch ([email protected]).


Short & Sweet Summary

 

As the trees shed their leaves and flowers hideaway for the cold days to come, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to do the same with your career.

Autumn is also a time full of color and amazing sunsets; so embrace this time of change and opportunity and find your dream job or career.


















 
Olivia Jaras