Work It Out: How to Get Ready for a New Job

By Jasmine Kelly

Yes, even though we are not post-Covid, the world is opening back up. With that comes going back to work. The thing is, work looks different for most of us now. We enjoyed working on our terms and being just as efficient, if not more. If you are returning to work and desire a new job. Here are five things you can do to get yourself prepared for your new role.

Believe– Before starting your own business and applying for a new position, you must first believe that you can do it. We often talk ourselves out of so many things. In reality, you are a genius, and you make fetch happen daily. Hellooooo, you got your job deliverables done during a pandemic! It begins and ends with you.

Have a good Resume/Cover Letter– Never underestimate the value of a good resume and cover letter. It would be best to have a resume and cover letter t tailored to each job you apply. I change my cover letter for each position; my resume remains the same. Once you do this, it honestly makes applying for jobs easier and faster.

Be Trendy- Yes, it is essential to “Keep up with the Jones” when job searching. No, I am not saying copy, but it is vital to know specific trends and best practices for your industry. You can do this by reading the professional literature of your field or keeping up with key people in your field who always have a handle on what is happening. Please make sure that what you access is credible. 

Be Proactive Where You Are– I genuinely believe in orienting yourself to new environments even if you are not there. This pandemic has made work hard. We are burnt out. Choose your own pace but be proactive where you are to be better in your next environment. The report your manager asks for every month? Get an early start on those now. You can also look up process improvements that will benefit your workday. 

Rise above– Yeah, sis, I know you know the tea, but the tea is not getting you any new bread. What I am saying is, stay out of drama at work. It does not serve you now and will hinder you from where you are trying to be. If you are listening to and contributing to workplace drama, that energy will keep you in a place mentally and emotionally. You have no time for that when focusing on what’s next. 

Jasmine Kelly is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Jasmine is a higher education professional who believes in the powers of Black Twitter. You can follow her on Instagram @chicomydusty.

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