At the end of the year, you may want to evaluate where you are in your career, and if you need a change.
Connections are more likely to land you a fulfilling job, so be sure to focus on your network — not job boards — when you start searching.
Don't forget that you are choosing the company as much as they are choosing you.
At the end of the year, a lot of us use some of the holiday down time to evaluate where we are in our careers and how much we want to stay with our current jobs or change to something different in the upcoming year. It is a healthy thing to do even if you end up doing nothing different and staying with whatever role or company you are with now.
There is a lot of great advice out there about job hunting, interviewing, and even career planning. In aggregate, though, sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming.
If you end up among the many who decide to begin a job search in 2018 in pursuit of your next big thing, here are two important but simple things you should make sure you do that will not only significantly increase your chances of finding a great new job but will also help you land one that you can feel good about long after the "new company halo effect" has worn off.
1. Go beyond job boards.
Your relationship network is far more powerful than any job board.
I might simply be lucky, but in 20 years in the business world, I have never applied once for a job through a job board. Every job I have every gotten has been through relationships.
I got my first job after college through a friend of a friend. I got my first big break at Deloitte Consulting when the external consultant I worked with at my first job, with whom I had formed a really good working relationship, called a friend of his there and recommended me. When I decided to leave Deloitte, I got my first real leadership role from a referral from the Partner I used to report to at Deloitte who was now working closely with an SVP at this company, who ultimately hired me.
So on and so forth.
The great thing about the relationships is that you don't have to be an extroverted networking machine to build high-quality relationships that can be turned into new job opportunities. I'm an introvert who generally finds any reason I can to not attend the big networking event. For me, it has simply been about having some really high-quality relationships and genuinely and authentically managing those to create opportunities.
2. Remember that you are selecting a company as much as they are selecting you.
One of the things that are so easy to forget about interviewing and selection is that it is a two-way evaluation. Of course, the company will ultimately make the decision about whether they want you. You also make a pretty important decision, too. You are deciding if you want them.
Sometimes the allure of a new position, a step up in title or pay, or just a really cool career opportunity blinds us a bit to other things about the company that we might not like as much. I personally experienced this in one of the leadership roles I took. It has always served as a reminder about just how important it is to evaluate and assess the company during the interview and selection process.
If a new job search is on your career horizon in 2018, remember these two simple things.