Job: the work that has value
Action: movement or exciting activity
Day: time constraint
Job Action Day reminds us that doing work that we value takes action––getting up, getting out and doing something––within a reasonable time limit. It’s easy to feel stuck, overwhelmed, or overly stressed about change. When you get that unsettled feeling in your gut and know you need to take action you may be looking for a job, wanting to change the way you work, or you may want to work for yourself.
As you sit in front of your computer contemplating change; get up and get out.
- Refresh your mind by taking a walk or exercising indoors if you find ice and snow outside. Take your body and brain into action.
- Talk to a friend or professional about what you want to change and how you feel about it. Stir up some positive feelings about change.
- Journal your feelings and ideas.
- Create a fired up profile full of your strengths, values, interests, and accomplishments.
- Write out your goals and plans.
Your profile is your story that ignites your call to action. You know what you want to do and you can’t wait to write it down. When you write down your goals and plans, you set them in motion in your body and brain. Once your juices are flowing and you are ready for action you will start on the path to your new success. Your path may change as new opportunities arise. You can plan for and take advantage of unexpected opportunities or Planned Happenstance; the key is to take action!
You can read Job Action Day 2014 Expert Articles on Storytelling for Career and Job-Search Success:
- Changing the Inside Story: The Story You Tell Yourself Is More Important than the Story You Tell Employers, by Susan Britton Whitcomb
- Four New Ways to Tell Your Career Story, by Hannah Morgan
- The Latest and Greatest in Career Storytelling: Perspectives and Resources for Telling Your Story in Job Search and Career, by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
- Promote Yourself in Order to Promote Yourself: Storytelling for Career Success, by Rick Gillis
- Storytelling Tips From Career Experts, compiled by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
- Take a Page from Marketing to Give Your Job Search a Boost, by Karen Siwak
- Tell Your Career Story to Connect You and Cut Through the Clutter, by Deborah Shane
- Tell Your Story: For Job, Promotion, Business Success, by David Couper
- 3 Steps to Storytelling Success in Your Job Search, by Laura Labovich
- Tips for Using Storytelling to Strengthen Your Job-Search, by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
- We Are the Stories We Sell Ourselves, by Wendy Terwelp
- Your Profile is Your Story, by Nancy J. Miller
- Capturing the Job Interview: The Importance of Storytelling, by Russ Hovendick
- Creating Interview Stories, by Bill Burnett
- Every Resume Tells a Story, by Debra Wheatman
- Storytelling in Your Resume: Why and How, by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
- Storytelling on a Resume: A Recruiter's Perspective, by Maureen Crawford Hentz
- Five Keys to Developing Your Personal Brand Story, by Walter Akana
- Seven Steps to Tell Your Personal Brand Story on LinkedIn, by Rachel DiCaro Metscher
- What's Your Career Brand Story? Meg Guiseppi
- Whitney Johnson Storied Biography Sample, by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
- Walter Akana, career and life strategist, Success Reimagined
- Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, chief career writer and partner, CareerTrend
- Bill Burnett, author, The Peak Interview
- David Couper, CEO, David Couper Consulting
- Maureen Crawford Hentz, recruiter and talent management guru.
- Rick Gillis, principal, The Really Useful Job Company
- Meg Guiseppi, CEO, ExecutiveCareerBrand.com
- Katharine Hansen, PhD., creative director, Quintessential Careers
- Randall S. Hansen, PhD., CEO Quintessential Careers
- Russ Hovendick, President, Client Staffing Solutions, Inc.
- Laura Labovich, CEO, Career Strategy Group
- Nancy J. Miller, lifework creativity coach, Creative LifeWork Design
- Hannah Morgan, owner, Career Sherpa
- Rachel Metscher, social media strategist, Metscher's Musings
- Miriam Salpeter, social media strategist of Keppie Careers
- Deborah Shane, founder, DeborahShaneToolBox.com
- Karen Siwak, executive director, Resume Confidential
- Wendy Terwelp, president, Opportunity Knocks
- Debra Wheatman, president, CareersDoneWrite
- Susan Britton Whitcomb, founder and president, TheAcademies.com
- Founder of StoryResumes Touts: Marketing Savvy + Story = Get Noticed Faster in Your Job Search. A Storied Career
- Getting Beyond the Interview: Job Action Day 2014. Career Doctor Blog
- How to tell your career story so people will listen. Keppie Careers
- Today is Job Action Day: Are You Ready to Tell Your Story? Quintessential Careers Blog
Job Action Day was established by Quintessential Careers, the Web's leading career site, as an annual event that brings together career experts and bloggers to provide the most relevant advice to job-seekers and workers.