New year, new career? Don’t start with your resume!

Updated: 4 days ago

The new year, for many, holds significance. Maybe it’s a time for a fresh start and a chance to do things differently? The changing of the decade and moving into the year 2020 seems particular so. For many of us, the concept of a new year, new career is a very common thought and for good reason.

The impact of the bushfires on so many lives has revealed the kindness of strangers far and wide; the beauty of community connections; and the emergence of leaders and role models with heart and compassion. For some of us, it has resulted in soul-searching, the recognition that life is unpredictable and that there is more to this lived experience than the daily grind.

For those who are now looking for a new purpose-driven direction and a new job, let’s add to that, a new approach to your job search when taking that first step (hint: getting your resume together isn’t the first step!)

Get to know YOU

Completing a self-assessment can be confronting for some and cathartic for others! If you find it challenging, a great friend or objective coach can really help you make the most of it. I can tell you from many years’ experience in this industry, it’s a huge benefit to your result.

Self-assessment benefits

You’ll achieve an objective reflection of yourself, including your marketable strengths, your true interests and preferred skills (this will lead to a well-focused resume and job search).

You may also identify career history patterns which can help you make better career decisions.

The exercise will help you determine the work environments & jobs in which you will thrive.

You’ll be more confident to commence your job search when you have taken the time to reflect on, and become aware of, your strengths and professional achievements.