7 Things to Do Right Now If You're Looking for a New Job

By Mary Truslow on January 06, 2017

Is it just me or does this new year feel particularly introspective? Have you spent the last week thinking about goals and projects for the year ahead?

Should I take a trip? Is it time to renovate the kitchen? Is it time for a new job?

Sometimes “new year/new job” is a fleeting thought, but other times, January 1 is a catalyst for a career move that is a long time coming. If you’re serious about looking for a new role, here are seven things you can do right now to shift from musing to moving.

1) Know yourself and what matters to you. This may sound trite, but I cannot tell you how many jobseekers I speak with who, when asked what they want and what they’re looking for, honestly have no idea. Before you start your search, start with yourself. Determine what your strengths are, your must-haves, and your goals for your next role.

2) Research the market. Particularly if you've been off the market for a while, research the skills in demand. "Relevancy" is huge, so identify the language being used in job openings to emphasize your relevant, in-demand skills across your resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, etc.

3) Use your network. This has been said many times, but it can't be said enough. Your network is the best, most underutilized resource for finding a new job. But it requires outreach. Identify contacts/advocates at the companies you want to work for and connect. Or find someone in your network who has a connection at those companies. Maybe you pursue a referral or introduction. Maybe you secure an informational interview. Is networking intimidating? Yes. Is it impossible? No.

4) Google yourself. Before you start your search, make sure your social presence is...presentable. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all of it. In the marketing and creative industry, your social accounts are a great way to showcase your point of view as well as your professional and personal values. Just be sure that your presence is consistent, appropriate and true to you. (And if you have "digital" in your job title, know that employers expect more from you online, e.g. more than ten connections on LinkedIn.)

5) Have a strategy and a game plan. A real game plan. Complete with a "hire by" date. Putting a date on the calendar for when you want to be in your next job will help keep you motivated.

6) Perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile and portfolio. These tools should be clear, consistent and an honest representation of who you are and what you've done. Read your resume aloud. At the end of each point, ask yourself the question, "So what?" This exercise will streamline your resume, illuminate the value you bring and better prepare you for inevitable interview questions like—Can you tell me about a problem you helped solve?

7) Get out of your comfort zone. Here's the truth. Looking for a new job is daunting. Particularly now that finding a job requires more networking than ever before. But, I implore you, don’t settle for online job boards. Find new connections and reconnect with old. Take a class. Connect with me! Get creative and proactive. There’s something pushing you to look. So, work a little harder, take a few risks, and find the job you deserve.

Why the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Is Good for Everyone

By Mary Truslow on August 16, 2016

As a recruiter in Massachusetts, it’s been a very big news week. The passing of the equal pay law, heralded by many as the most progressive in the country, is a huge win for women and minorities. And because this legislation promotes transparency, fair pay and market equity in all instances, it’s really a win for everyone.

From my perspective, here are some of the ways the new law, which goes into effective July 2018, will benefit all...


8 Lessons I Learned From Powerlifting That Will Help You In Your Job Search

By Mary Truslow on February 18, 2016

“There is no way I will ever lift enough weight to compete in a powerlifting completion.” 

That’s what I said last March, when my trainer asked if I’d be interested in trying powerlifting. I had no clue what a powerlifting competition was, how I would train for it, or quite frankly, why I would even want to do it.

Fast forward to October 2015 when I competed and won in my age and weight class at the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate’s 19th Annual Power Challenge in Boston. During the seven months of training leading up to it, I learned a lot about myself, as well as, acquired insights that actually apply to the jobseekers I work with every day.

#1 Success takes time. Looking for a new job is often a lengthy, and at times, arduous process. Manage your expectations from the outset and know that overnight results are not the measure of your success. There is a motto at my gym “better every day”; it doesn’t matter how small an increment of an activity/effort/change you do each day, you will be successful.

#2 Establish a support system. Your support system can range from your network and mentors to resume readers and professional career coaches. Having people who support you is essential to maintaining motivation during your search. Without the fabulous trainers and fellow trainees I work with, I would not have been able to succeed.

#3 Set goals. My training was predicated on attainable goals over a period of time. Hoping for a job within the next three months? Create a timeline and commit to it. And even if you have to adapt, put something down on paper to help keep you on task. If you need support, ask for it from your support system.

#4 Create a healthy routine. Looking for a job can be exhausting, especially if you’re looking for a job while you’re in a job. So, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and if you’re not working, create a daily schedule for yourself that will keep you focused. Being kind to yourself goes along way.

#5 Be strategic. Along with creating goals and timelines, you need a plan. Identify companies you’re interested in and find out if they’re hiring. Reconnect with old colleagues. And know that your next job may not be your ideal job. It’s a process. I had limited time to train in and we maximized the time I did have to maximize my ability to become as strong as I could in a short period of time.

#6 There will be good days and bad days. Growth and success are not linear. You will have bad days during a search. You might have a bad interview or make a mistake, but you’ll likely learn from both. I learned the most about what was possible on the days that gravity was the cruelest.

#7 “If not now, when?” It can be daunting to change jobs or careers. Many of us will put it off and never make the change. But we are all more capable than we think and should continue to push ourselves to grow. So if you’re feeling like there’s something better for you than the job you’re currently in, then maybe your “when” is now. As the eldest in my flight in the completion, I was asked several times why and I answered, “If not now, when?”

 #8 “Never say never.” We all have reasons/excuses as to why things are the way they are in our lives. Ask yourself, are these truths or just the story that keeps you safe? I had my story and decided to change it. You can too.

The Power of Gratitude

By Mary Truslow on June 04, 2015

Recently this post showed up on my Facebook feed. It is an exchange between a manager and a new hire, both of whom we recently placed. The manager has a full life both personally and professionally. He is currently stretched at work as the result of the success of his growing team.

Yet, he still took the time to express gratitude for his teammate. His coworker has been looking for the right "work home" for quite some time. These words of gratitude validated her feeling that she has finally found it.

The simple act of showing appreciation and gratitude for those around you makes all of the difference.

Who have you thanked recently?

Jobseeker Recommended Reading

By Mary Truslow on October 16, 2014

Finding a new job should be about more than compensation, skill-set and commute. A job search is an opportunity to really make a change in your life. So, when looking for a new role, reflect on who you are. Figure out what gets you jazzed. And of course, determine where your experience intersects with today’s job market.

Here is a collection of the latest articles I recommend to candidates embarking on their own job searches. And if you are thinking about looking for a new role now or in the New Year, we’re here to help.

Finding Your Life’s Purpose

Steps for a Successful Job Search

Fabulous Resume Tips for Career Changers

How to use LinkedIn daily, weekly, monthly

6 Steps to a Perfect Interview

Getting Hired

Age or Attitude?

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