Author: Michelle Mamerto
Define your job goals:
What are your salary requirements?
What type of company culture are you looking for?
What type of benefits would you like your future employer to offer?
Are there specific values that matter to you, that you would like your next employer to also value, such as inclusiveness, giving back to the community, diversity, etc.?
Do you want to work from home or would you prefer to work onsite? How much are you willing to commute?
Redo your resume/portfolio.
Learn new software, or brush up on software you haven’t used in awhile.
Make a list of prospective employers. Go online and do your research on the company.
Practice your elevator speech! If you don’t have an elevator speech, this is a good time to write one.
Do mock interviews with friends and ask for their feedback.
Clean up all your social media accounts.
Take advantage of holiday sales to update your work/interview wardrobe.
Do some temp work. You never know what opportunities might come up and what skills you may learn!
Get your references in order.
Draft emails and thank you notes to potential employers.
Take advantage of online or in-person networking opportunities!
Volunteer! You might learn new skills and you would be giving back at the same time.