Want a new job in 2021? Start hereOct 30, 2020
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This post will benefit you if you’re in desperate need of a career change in early 2021 but have no idea where to start.
With the year of challenges coming to a close (woohoo), it’s time to look ahead to 2021 with courage, energy, and optimism. Maybe you just rolled your eyes when you read that. If so, I get it. The year has been nothing short of a wreck. However, I hope you’ve been able to find some good come out of this tumultuous trip around the sun.
And if not, buckle up because you’re in for a wild—but fun—ride. There’s really no other way to roll into 2021 than with a new outlook and determination to make the new year better. For many moms, that includes a career change that’s meaningful and makes them feel fulfilled. Another eye roll? I know, I know.
But, really. What other choice do we have? Continuing to feel miserable, stuck, lost, trapped—call it what you want—can’t be an option anymore. Waking up for work feeling anxious before you even log on is not worth it. But what else is really out there, Kelli?
I’m glad you asked. Honestly, A LOT. The workforce is changing. Given the circumstances, it has to. So, if how we work looks different, why can’t your work look different as well? If you would love a new job, but have no idea what you want to do or how to go about finding the right fit, please continue reading.
3 steps to a successful career change in early 2021
Because finding a new job—and not just one that will pay the bills—can feel overwhelming, I’ve designed a step-by-step process to help you.
1. Figure out what you're meant to be doing
This is often the hardest step. Most moms fall on either side of the spectrum. They either know exactly what they want to do (but aren’t sure how to do it) or they have no clue about the direction they want to go. If you’re lucky enough to already have your dream job laid out, skip ahead to step two.
2. Create a plan to get there
Now that you’ve figured out your purpose—or at least what will make you happy in the next five years of your career—you’ll want to put a plan in place to make sure that dream doesn’t stay a dream. It’s likely that you’ll wrestle with topics such as whether or not you can take a pay cut for a new job.
As you map out your direction, you’ll probably experience a boost of excitement and confidence—something everyone needs during the job search process. Start creating your roadmap in 2020, and if you can, attempt to finish it. This will set you up for the next step.
3. Take action on that plan
Now that you’ve developed your plan, don’t make the fatal mistake of stopping. It’s inevitable that fear will start to creep in as you take action on your plan. That’s okay. Imagine yourself actually doing your dream job and let that discomfort pass.
As you work through the tactical pieces of your plan realize how far you’ve come. You’re so close to landing in a career that makes you feel happy and fulfilled. If you finish your plan this year, begin taking action immediately. Even small steps count as progress. That way, when 2021 comes, you’re already making headway.
While you’re applying for jobs, use resources like these to help you along the way (and get you in the right role faster):
- Understand the ins and outs of virtual interviews
- Use this cover letter template to turn a hiring manager’s attention toward you
Your career change opportunities are endless
Today’s world has left us with a lot of stress, but also a significant opportunity. If you look in the right places, you’ll realize that life for a working mom can look very different than even five years ago. And that’s a good thing. You can create a plan that works for you.
- You can find a company that shares your mission and values
- You can work part-time, full-time, remote, or in an office
- You can build your own business (learn more about how to overcome your fear of failure and what I learned when I started mine)
Finally, as you get clear about what 2021 will look like in terms of your possible career change, be sure to lean on other women for support. Taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of everyone else. And although it doesn’t always feel this way, self-care is possible even for busy working moms. And if you need some extra support as you work toward a better 2021, consider investing in a career coach to make sure you get to your goals. Your future self (and your family) will thank you.
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