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Job Action Day is Here — 3 Reasons You Should Celebrate It This Year
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National Job Action Day is a day for those who have dream careers they're taking action to achieve.

"[It's] a day to recognize and empower those who dream of having a job they love," according to National Today. "And we don’t mean just any job — we mean the kind of job where, as the old saying goes, you never work a day in your life. Created in 2008 by Quintessential Careers, Job Action Day was intended to empower and inspire hard workers who dreamed of achieving more. It’s a day to connect workers and job-seekers alike with career advice from experts in the career field. If you still dream of being excited to go to work every day, Job Action Day was created in your honor."

National Job Action Day falls on the first Monday in November every year. This year, it'll fall on November 4th. Here are dates for the upcoming seven years.
  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Monday, November 2, 2020
  • Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Monday, November 7, 2022
  • Monday, November 6, 2023
  • Monday, November 4, 2024
  • Monday, November 3, 2025

What is the history of Job Action Day?

Quintessential Careers created Job Action Day in 2008.

It was started with the intention to empower workers and job-seekers alike to take proactive steps toward the career of their dreams, said Quintessential Careers founder and publisher Dr. Randall S. Hansen, according to a press release.

"For job-seekers," Hansen said, according to the press release, "Job Action Day is a chance to take a break from the daily grind of job-hunting to take a look at the bigger picture of their careers and job-search strategies. It's a day to strategize plans for developing new job and career options and devising new and better ways to track down job leads and position themselves for employment opportunities."

5 ways to recognize Job Action Day

There are several ways to recognize Job Action Day. Here are five ways to celebrate the national holiday.

1. Go to a job fair.

Check out a job fair in your local area. If you're not sure what your dream job is, you can start talking to people and finding out about other jobs out there. Or, if you are sure what you want to do in life but you're not sure how to get there, career fairs are the perfect place to network and learn more from experts in your field or desired field. You may even be able to pass out your resume, land some interviews or at least get some coffee dates on the calendar to get the ball rolling.

2. Ask for an informational interview.

Reach out to someone to ask for an informational interview on Job Action Day. Informational interviews are a great way to learn more about an industry or job by talking to an expert in the field. Find someone you admire and respect, and politely ask them for an hour of their time to sit down and ask some questions. Learning more about the job you want can bring you one step closer to landing it, and informational interviews are wonderful networking opportunities, as well.

3. Apply for a bunch of new jobs.

Spend the day applying for a whole bunch of new jobs that interest you. If you're unhappy in your current job or currently unemployed and looking to land a new or first job, take the day or evening to spend a few hours tailoring your resume and cover letter and sending out applications. It can't hurt to fire out a bunch of them, so long as you make sure that they're carefully curated and intention — you don't want it to look like you mass applied.

4. Reach out to a career coach.

Take the next step in your job hunt and hire a career coach to help you. A career coach might be able to help you answer questions in your head about your life goals and aspirations. They may be able to help you reach conclusions, set realistic mini goals and motivate yourself. A career coach may also be able to help you network or recommend recruiters and agencies to help you land a job in your desired field.

5. Take a vacation.

Taking a vacation may seem like a lazy way to celebrate Job Action Day, but it's actually a perfect way to recognize the national holiday. Taking the day off will help you to sit back and reflect on what it is you actually want out of your career. A vacation day can be revitalizing and recharge your batteries so you can come back to the workforce ready to take action.

Why do we need Job Action Day?

We need Job Action Day for several reasons. Here are three.

1. Job Action Day inspires people to chase their dreams.

Job Action Day is a great time for people to sit and think about their career goals. Of course, when there's a national holiday dedicated to their dream job, it's inevitable that the wheels will start churning and burning in their minds.

2. Happy people are kinder and more productive people.

When people are happier in their jobs, they're kinder to others and more productive. This works out well for everyone involved. So, of course, Job Action Day is a lovely holiday because it encourages people to go out there and find jobs that fulfill them.

3. Job Action Day motivates employees.

Job Action Day is a perfect day for companies to have conversations with their employees about their own individual wants and goals. This way, companies can work with their staff to ensure that personal needs are being met and to see how they can help their staff grow and develop in fulfilling ways. When employees are happy and moving on up, it works out well for both the company and the workers.

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AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.

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