What To Do While Waiting...

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

New Year Resolutions hit an impasse as the reality of current life and responsibilities become apparent? Many women put all aspects of their next job search steps on hold. They feel that they need to wait until the next season, or get through the summer, or the start of the following school year.

The Swing Shift’s Sarah Duenwald urges you to try these 3 things now you can do now to set yourself up for a successful future job search. Use that waiting period as a springboard, accelerating your job search process when it’s time to start actively looking for that next role.


We've heard this over and over again from our clients and cohorts. Many times, they tell us “I’ll just wait until next summer/next fall/next year and then I’ll start looking.”

It's okay to kickstart your job search when you're ready, but in the meantime we want you to use that time to get yourself prepared. Starting from ground zero is hard. Use your time to start on some of the most important aspects of your search - Pitch, Network and Positioning Pro Bono work.


Practice Your Pitch. You are a product. When you talk about what you’re going to want to do next, it's the same as pitching a product or brand, but in this case it's yourself.

Recently I spoke with a woman who has a marketing background and interested in pivoting to the design industry after a five year break. Her pitch looks something like this:


“ I’m looking to learn more about strategic marketing opportunities in the local design industry. I have a background spanning the automotive, consumer products, tech and healthcare industries as a marketing strategist. I want to leverage my experience as an integrated marketing expert to help small to midsize companies tell their brand story in the most effective way. Ask: Do you know anyone in the design industry that I should be connected to?”