When Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, most of the United States will gain an extra hour. There are a lot of things that can be accomplished in the course of an hour. While sleep, Netflix, and errand-running might rank among the top choices, we would like to offer some ways you can use that time to advance your career.
If you are currently a job seeker or looking for professional development opportunities, consider these tips that will enable you to use the end of Daylight Saving Time to help your career.
Find a job
- Let your network know you’re looking for a job. Letting people who know you personally in on your job hunt will lead to more opportunities. Here’s how to craft an “I’m looking for a job” email.
- Find your passion. Not sure what drives you? Feel inspired by many things? A little reflection can help you narrow things down. Answer these 27 questions to get a better sense of the kind of work that would be right for you.
- Ask a friend to review your resume. If your friend can tell what job you are applying for just by looking at your resume, you’ve done a good job of tailoring it. Here’s how to get feedback on your resume.
- Identify a side hustle. It never hurts to make extra money while honing your skills. Side jobs — like freelancing or consulting — can be beneficial to your career. Here’s how to identify and cultivate side jobs.
- Craft amazing job interview questions. Job interviews allow you to get to know the organization better, so preparing smart questions is key. Here are 175 job interview questions to get you started.
Advance your career
- Search for a volunteer opportunity. Volunteering is a great way to have something to put on your resume in between jobs and to keep your skills sharp. Here’s how to select a volunteer opportunity with your career in mind.
- Reach out to someone for an informational interview. An informational interview with a potential employer or major player in your field of interest will allow you to gather information about the field and get your name out there. Here’s how to reach out to people for informational interviews.
- Find a cross-sector event to attend. Thinking outside of your normal professional box can lead to surprising, positive results. Here’s how to get involved in cross-sector work.
- Offer to mentor someone. Giving is just as important as receiving. Here’s how to become a mentor.
Do you have any resume, job search, or professional development tips? Share them in the comments.