If I’m not Actively Job Searching,
What Should I Be Doing each Month for my Career Development?

Even without being in an active, formal job search, there are a few key things you should consider on a monthly basis to be sure you’re thriving and growing in your career. Let’s dive into them!

The key to most any growth is reflecting on where you’re at, ideating and brainstorming on what you can do to overcome any obstacles and achieve goals, experimenting with solutions, and repeating. If you keep doing the same thing expecting different results, we know that that is the definition of insanity!

I personally recommend splitting your energy/time in these ways:

  1. 60–65%: Driving your success in your current role/company

P.S. If you’re unemployed and job searching, reference this link for additional resources about how to spend your time wisely during your job search.

So let’s dive into #1: thriving in your current workplace.

  1. First, let’s navigate your current workplace to ensure you’re visible, promoting yourself, exceeding expectations, and creating impact. I would consider the below questions to help guide your reflections and next steps at least on a monthly basis.
  • The Work

After all of this reflection, ask yourself where you can improve. Identify a tangible, practical takeaway to implement as a next step. Also, see if you can find a mentor, peer, manager, or a coach to talk through these things with as it can often help to have a sounding board to brainstorm and solidify your next steps.

2. Now, let’s dive into what to do each month so that you can push forward towards your overall career growth and ideal career trajectory, separate from your current role and company.

  • Designing the Path: Are you clear on your broader career path and the bigger picture? Which roles and industries are your targets? What would the next step look like internally and/or externally? If you’re not yet sure, I would pursue career exploration to learn, reflect, and clarify which step you think is the best fit for your next step and long term path.

3. Life Factors that are Key to Your Career Success

  • Your Mindset: Do you have any hesitations, uncertainties, or limiting mindsets? These might be subconscious or conscious, so use writing and talking to help you surface how you’re feeling and what might be holding you back. Have you been actively processing and reflecting? How are you feeling?

In order to learn about WOKEN’s career exploration and job search platform and coaching, check out their website here or book a free career coaching call here.

Rachel Serwetz’ early professional experience was at Goldman Sachs in Operations and at Bridgewater Associates in HR. From there, she was trained as a coach at NYU and became a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. After this, she worked in HR Research at Aon Hewitt and attained her Technology MBA at NYU Stern. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of professionals with career exploration and for the past 4.5 years she has been building her company, WOKEN, which is an online career exploration platform to coach professionals through the process of clarifying their ideal job and career path. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Binghamton University and has served as a Career Coach through the Flatiron School, WeWork, and Project Activate.



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