3 Simple Steps to Minimize Career Stress Over the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us, along with the season of layoffs.  As if this time of year wasn’t stressful enough, with projects to finish, shopping to get done, events to schedule, and more, with the end of the fiscal year coming up fast, this is also the time of year companies make decisions about budget cuts and layoffs.  On the other hand, companies also take this time to fill openings before the New Year begins.

So rather than worry and wonder and wait for things to happen, here are 3 simple steps you can take between now and the end of the year to minimize your career stress.  You can still be in control of your career.

1 – Update your resume.

Whether or not you are actively looking for work, now is a great time to pull out your resume and update it.  Add in your recent accomplishments, special project work, and, of course, promotions!  Update your training with any seminars, conferences or classes you’ve taken.  Note any special skills or technical tools you’ve learned.  And don’t forget to remove items that create the perception that you are old or your skills are out of date.

2 – Update your LinkedIn Profile.

LinkedIn.com is often considered as a professional social networking tool, useful for more than just looking for work.  If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, set one up before the end of the year.  Take the time to update your profile, including a professional looking headshot (as in a photo of you looking your professional best, a photo of your head, maybe shoulders, but not the rest of you).  Update your skills, status, and summary sections.  Go through your connections and make a few new recommendations or endorsements for others to strengthen your online network.  Add a few new connections you’ve met over the past months or year.  Then pick a few connections and send them a personalized message asking for a recommendation or endorsement of your skills.

3 – Set up alerts on job search boards.

Job boards that search other job boards like www.SimplyHired.com and www.Indeed.com are my personal favorites, because they do a lot of work for you.  If you are actively looking for work, they can search for leads while you sleep.  Just set them up to email you daily with leads for the type of work you are looking for.  If you are not actively looking, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the job market.  Find out what positions are out there for you, what skills are in demand, and what the current rate of pay is.  Schedule the job boards to email you weekly so you can stay abreast of your field and your industry.

It may be the season for busyness, stress, and layoffs, but you can stay in control of your career and job search by taking time for these three simple steps.  If these feel like too much to take on, pick just one item to do during the month of December.  What item will you commit to?  I’d love for you to share your commitment below.

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What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

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Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA