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Career and Job Search Tips for Days with Extra Time

Posted on February 29, 2024 under Career & Work, Coaching

Days like Leap Day aren't just any ordinary day on the calendar; it's a gift of an additional 24 hours—

A chance to leverage the extra time to make significant strides in your career development or job search.

Here are 5 ways to help you make the most of any bonus day.

You don't have to do them all; simply pick one or focus on your top three:

1. Reflect and Reset: Reflect or journal about your career so far. Review your accomplishments, setbacks, and areas for improvement.

Take stock of your goals and rearrange them if necessary.

2. Invest in Learning: Continuous learning is one part of staying relevant and competitive in today's job market.

Dedicate this extra day to acquiring new skills through online courses, workshops, or reading industry-relevant literature.

3. Networking and Relationship Building: Building strong professional relationships is crucial for career or business growth.

Use this day to reach out and plan a networking call or coffee meetup with colleagues, mentors, or industry peers.

Search for upcoming networking events to connect with other professionals in your industry.

4. Strategic Planning: Map out your career trajectory. Set short-term and long-term goals, and develop a plan to achieve them.

A well-thought-out career plan can provide clarity, confidence, direction and motivation to meet your goals.

5. Self-Care and Well-being: A successful career is built on a foundation of health and well-being.

Take this extra day to prioritize self-care activities. Exercise, meditate, or spend quality time with loved ones.

If you are job searching, recharge your batteries to set yourself up to tackle future challenges.

What are you doing with this extra day?

For more Career Development and Job Search tips, follow me on LinkedIn.

– Kelley Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is a career development coach who is dedicated to helping people discover their career path and land their dream jobs. She has served hundreds of professionals across the U.S., U.K., and Australia since 2012 to radically change their relationship with work.

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