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Infographic – 5 Tips To Proactively Manage Your Career

5 tips to proactively manage career infographic

What if?

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

Bonus Tip:

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

5 tips to proactively manage your career infographic

Your Turn

Let me know what you think about these tips? Do you have other tips that has worked for you?

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