Ok, let’s say that you currently have a job that you generally like, enjoy, or maybe you’re just plain cool with. And then someone approaches you or you hear about a dream opportunity that requires immediate action – whether it’s within your current job or it’s for a new company. If that person says “send me your resume later”, outside of a few minor tweaks would your resume be ready to go?
Whether or not you are looking for a new job, it’s important to proactively manage your career. You can also check out the podcast episode where I discuss these 5 Tips with my friend and collaborator Mikelah Rose of Style& Vibes
So if you’re ready to be on point and to always be in a position to take your career to the next level – follow these 5 Tips To Proactively Manage Your Career.
1. Stay Current – Scheduled A Quarterly Resume Update.
- Don’t wait until you’re job hunting to update your resume.
- Create a calendar entry called “Review & Update Resume” and set it to recur for every 3 months.
2. Evaluate & Improve with an Audit & Analysis.
- Make a list of the skills & experiences you currently have, the ones you want to have and when you want to achieve them.
- Seek opportunities to bridge the Gap and Document progress on a regular basis.
3. Toot your horn – Keep Track of Accomplishments.
- Keep track of your accomplishments, compliments and achievements
- Use Evernote or a Word Document to capture them.
(Click on the Evernote link to create an account and get one month of Evernote Premium for Free.)
4. Build Relationships – Join a Profession Association.
- Be Active – participate in forums, meetings etc.
- Join a committee – Develop leadership skills.
5. Never stop learning – Invest In Yourself
Add new skills – whether software or business skills
Try Lynda.com or MOOCs like Coursera
LinkedIn is a powerful tool that will bring these 5 tips together.
- Use LinkedIn as digital resume. Update it as often as your resume. (Power Tip: Turn off Alerts)
- Showcase Accomplishments – Get endorsed by colleagues.
- Join Professional Association groups and be an active participant.
- Showcase your Lynda.com or Coursera certificates – they allow publication directly to LinkedIn
Let me know what you think about these tips? Do you have other tips that has worked for you?
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