#AskJUGS: How to Get a New Job in 2018


If you have your sights set on a new job for 2018, you’re in luck!

While landing a new job will take some time and effort, these tips will help you set yourself up for success and land a new job in the year ahead.

Reflect and Assess

The difference between getting a new job and landing a job that you love is knowing exactly what you’re bringing to the table and what you need in return.

The key to making this happen is to reflect and assess on your strengths and values as a professional, but also properly consider your lifestyle needs and opportunities for growth, learning and mentorship.

Journaling, free writing or conversations with career coaches or other mentors can help you identify what you really need in your next job. To get started, check out this post with some sample journal prompts.

Get Social and Re-connect

The job search process can make us feel vulnerable and it’s easy to keep our hopes and fears to ourselves. But the most successful job searches are not done in isolation.

Share your goals for your next job with close friends and colleagues. Get back in touch with former mentors and colleagues. Follow industry leaders on social media and engage with their posts. Attend a workshop or networking event. Successful job seekers engage the people and resources around them to help clarify their goals, build confidence, and move towards their next step.

Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from others, to continue developing your skill set, and to leverage the knowledge and network of your peers!


Create space

Squeezing a job search into an already busy life is no easy feat. Long hours, commutes and legitimately fun things can easily distract us from sitting down and focusing on writing compelling cover letters and resumes.

Don’t be afraid to set small goals for yourself. Even twenty minutes a day will add up over time!

For my best strategies to implementing an efficient job search process, check out this free online workshop.

Evaluate your Efforts

Make sure to take some time every few weeks to check in on your progress. Have you been applying for jobs? Have you scheduled any informational interviews? Have you heard back from anyone?

Keep track of your efforts and be sure to assess your progress every few weeks. If you’re applying to jobs consistently and you haven’t heard anything in three months, it’s definitely time to take a look at the kind of jobs you’re looking for, make sure that you’re reasonably qualified and that assess how your resume could be doing more work on your behalf.

A job search is a big undertaking so make sure you celebrate your effort along way to recognize your hard work!

Want to see your question answered in our #AskJUGs post next month? Submit your job search question here.


Jenn Walker Wall writes a monthly career advice column called #AskJUGs for JustUsGalsBos.com and is the founder of Work Wonders Coaching + Consulting. You can follow her on Twitter: @JennWalkerWall. Ask your career questions here.