Q: This year, for real, I need to change jobs. I have talked about it before but I need to make it a reality. My industry is shrinking. However, I am in a role (facilities management) which is somewhat transferable to other types of industries and companies. What should I begin doing in 2015?
A: Congrats on your decision! I have a few recommendations to share with you.
- Dust off your last resume and update it. Make sure that it has a current look and feel.
- Think about professional references who can speak about your work and your skills.
- Become active (or more active) on LinkedIn. is your profile complete? Have you included a professional photo? Have you joined relevant groups? Ensure that the content of your LinkedIn profile agrees with the content of your resume.
- Set a networking goal. Attend breakfasts related to your occupation. Connect with former colleagues over coffee. I quickly found IFMA (International Facility Management Association) online but you probably know the professional associations which are the best for facilities management.
- Re-connect with your college or university if you attended one. Begin to use their services.
- Work on your elevator pitch, a one to two minute summary of your professional career and what you are looking for now. Rehearse, practice and refine this pitch. You will need it!
Lastly, realize that job hunting takes time, energy and patience. There is often rejection during the job hunting process so you may have to pick yourself up a few times to get over the setbacks. Networking groups are often good sources of support so the setbacks seem less jarring. Be realistic. A job hunt takes time and patience.