Smiling man in red sweatshirtWish there was more time to plan for the next step in your job search? Leap year is a great opportunity to make progress on your journey to financial independence! Take advantage of this extra day to create a job search strategy. Make a leap with your employment goals and use these tips to move towards financial independence through work.

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What Will You Do with Your Extra Day? 5 Leap Day Tips

Feb 27, 2020

Smiling man in a red sweatshirtEver wish there was more time to plan for the next step in your employment journey? Instead of gaining an hour of daylight or an extra hour of sleep, this year we have an extra day!

Take advantage of this extra day to create a job search strategy to make a leap with your employment goals!

Here are some tips that can help you get started and make the most of your day:

  1. Check out our new Find a Job resource. Looking for work can be hard. There's a lot of information online to help you with your job search, and it can be overwhelming. We're here to help. Our new Find A Job webpage lists multiple organizations that host job boards, as well as those that provide services such as career resources, job fair information and resume services. The web page also suggests connecting with a Ticket to Work service provider for comprehensive support as you search for work.  
  2. Update your professional social media profiles. To connect with employers and recruiters, use social networking platforms as a professional tool to build your personal brand through creating a virtual resume that shows your experience and skills. Creating or updating a work resume on LinkedIn can be done in minutes, allowing more time for tackling other tasks on your to-do list.
  3. Use social media to your benefit. Consider sharing your work goals on social media. Publicizing your goals can be motivator, especially when you receive support from family and friends. And you never know who might be hiring!
  4. Visit the Choose Work Website. We have lots of resources available to help you on the path to financial independence. Check out our redesigned library or visit our WISE On Demand page to catch up on things you might have missed.
  5. Check in with yourself next month. Mark your calendar for March 29 and revisit your ideas and your progress. Making time to evaluate what's working and what's not can help you to regroup. Remember, the journey to employment is a process; it's okay to reassess and create new goals.

What's Leap Year?

Every 4 years, an extra day, designated as February 29, is added to the calendar year to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to revolve around the sun. In the constant quest to get more done in less time, leap year seems like the perfect opportunity to be more productive!

Find your path to success!

As you think about how to advance your career this leap year, also consider how Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and other Social Security Work Incentives can help you on your path to financial independence!

The Ticket program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.

To learn more about the Ticket program, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

To learn more about the Ticket program, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

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