Chief Executive Officer
Make Your List and Check It Twice
Gary Burnison is CEO of Korn Ferry. He is the author of Advance: The Ultimate How-To Guide for Your Career and Lose the Resume, Land the Job. For more information, see KFAdvance.com.
It’s the holiday season, and you’re about to enjoy some well-deserved time off to relax, recharge and, if you’re like most people, reflect on your life and career.
If that sends you into a panic about revising your resume and sending it to as many job sites as possible before the Times Square ball drops, ushering in 2020—stop! You need to make a holiday career check list—and check it twice—to take control of your career. So, grab a pen and let’s get to work.
1. Get honest with yourself. Not to bum you out over the holidays, but it’s time for some honest talk with yourself about your career.
If the answers are not what you’d like, you need to take control so you can pursue the next job, whether inside or outside your company.
2. Take an inventory. Before you look outside at opportunities, you need to look inside and become more self-aware.
3. Assess yourself. Don’t just take your own word for it. Everyone overestimates their strengths and underestimates their weaknesses. An objective assessment can reveal much more about you. For example:
4. Target your opportunities. To get the job you really want, you need to target your next opportunities:
5. Give your network a season’s greetings. You can’t get out of your network what you haven’t put in. You need to network, but don’t make it all about you:
6. Seek out warm introductions. With a robust network, and a targeted list of where you want to work, you can start to narrow things down:
7. Refresh your resume, but don’t overdo it. Fight the temptation to put all your time and energy into your resume—it accounts for only about 10% of what you need to get your next job. Far more important are targeting and networking, which is why they’re higher on this list. That said, here are a few tips for a resume that will help you get noticed:
8. Video record yourself. This is the advice no one takes, but it can make a huge impact:
9. Put your A.C.T. in action. The success of every interaction—and especially interviews—comes down your A.C.T.: being authentic, making a connection, and giving others a taste of who you are.
Wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best for a great career in 2020.