Another wave of “big resignations” is coming, Muse CEO said. How to prepare
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The “Great Resignation” may be about to gain strength in the New Year.
Kathryn Minshew, co-founder and CEO of employment website The Muse, predicts another wave in January, and then again when companies begin to finalize their plans to return to the office. Right now, she thinks it could be in the spring.
There have been signs that the “big resignation”, or what some call “the big reshuffle”, has slowed down. The rate of those leaving their jobs fell in October, according to the most recent data available from the US Department of Labor.
On top of that, the holiday season is when many people take a break from their job search, Minshew said. They might also have stuck around for a year-end bonus.
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However, it is also a time when people reflect on their lives and think about what they can do differently in the New Year.
âChanging jobs is one of the most common and least personally disruptive ways to make a big life change,â she said.
The good news is that January and February are the times when companies with an annual budget tend to post new positions.
Here’s how you can prepare to say “I’m quitting” and find a new job.
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Before reading your resume, make a list of your top five to ten professional accomplishments. Compare that to what’s actually on your document, said Holland Haiis, workplace strategist.
Also look to see how one of your descriptions has changed and if new vocabulary is now being used to describe your roles.
Recruiters and potential employers will review your LinkedIn profile, so make sure it matches your resume and is complete so it appears in search results, Haiis said.
Pay special attention to your title. Whoever says that the unemployed or the active search for opportunities will not spark anyone’s imagination, she said.
âWhat you want to think about is what defines and describes what you do, what you are looking for and the value you can bring to the organization,â Haiis said.
Look back on the past year and write down your top accomplishments, Minshew said. She likes to keep a tag in her email inbox on all the good feedback she receives, so it’s easy to go back and check back.
Also, think about what makes you such an amazing asset to an organization and start practicing how to convey it. This is especially important for women, who have learned not to brag, Haiis said.
âIt’s not bragging,â she said. âIt’s your personal brand.
“Being comfortable with who you are and what you’ve accomplished is different from bragging about.”
When you see a position you want to apply for, print the description and highlight the key skills the employer is looking for in a candidate. Then think about where you can fit that language into your cover letter and resume, Minshew suggested.
“The more you can truly reflect what someone asks for with what you have to offer, the more likely you are to both pass the automated screening of an applicant tracking system, but also gain attention. of a human interviewer, “she said.
Think about the people who have helped you over the past year, and use the holidays as a time to reconnect and say thank you.
âIt’s another great way to get back on people’s radar and both express genuine appreciation, while being kind of a priority for someone,â Minshew said.
The holiday season signifies social gatherings and parties, which makes it a chance to talk to people who can help you with your search.
âPlease feel free to follow up with someone you met and say, ‘I really enjoyed our conversation the other night; I would love to continue it. Do you have time for coffee in the New Year? “” Suggested Minshew.