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Actions to Take While Waiting for your Next Opportunity

What are you doing in the meantime while 'waiting' for a career change?

  • What are you doing in the meantime?

  • What skills would you like to improve upon?

  • How can you make yourself more marketable?

  • How can you add to your career development?

In the Meantime - are you planning your career?

So, you’re in between contracts. Or you’ve unfortunately lost your job. Or you’ve left your job. Whatever the case may be…


Grab hold of it and guide it to where you want it to go.

But before you do that, you need to have a goal in mind. No goal? Here’s what you do:

  1. Think about the skills you’d like to improve upon

  2. Browse opportunities you think you’d be great at

  3. What are some of your strengths you’d like to showcase in your new career?

If you think about these things, you’ll get on the right track to finding your goals for a new position. You don’t have to have ideas of grandiose. You just need to START. Whether you were prepared or not, you're to be in between jobs. Now what?

Do. Do something.

Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t happening at the speed in which you need them to or want them to. Get up every day, as if you are going to work. Shower, put on clothes, eat breakfast, or go to your local coffee or donut shop or cafe. Whatever you do, get out of bed! (The bed & television are your enemies right now.)

You may not be working for someone else right now but you're working for yourself, use your time wisely.

You're a consultant (yes, you!) and it's up to you to find your next role! Begin your day with specific objectives. Do research and create a plan.

In the Meantime...

There are tons of free webinars online for skills you may want to improve upon. Or you may want to make an investment in a new certification or course that will make you more marketable in this competitive landscape. There is always something you can do that will help your cause. Rather than have short term goals in mind for short term satisfaction, you will want to work on your long term goals for long term satisfaction. What can you do today that will get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?

Everything you do should get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Every day should be a productive day, regardless if that recruiter calls you back with an opportunity.

So ... No excuses!

What are you doing today?


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