As you are thinking of moving your career forward, companies are also setting certain benchmarks for their employees and the tide is changing from what you are familiar with. Ensure you’re at the top of your game by taking into consideration the following tips we have compiled for you.
- ESTABLISH YOUR CAREER GOALS: If you’re looking to move forward in your career, it’s important to have a vision for your future. No matter what position you’re in now, establishing career goals can steer you in the right direction of where you want to go and can lead you to success. Without career goals, you will stay complacent and lack the motivation to further your career. Successful leaders do not end up in their current positions by accident, but only with a clear vision that they had previously set for themselves.
- UPDATE YOUR RESUME: Nobody should ever underestimate how important it is to have a good resume. First impressions count, and the first impression that a potential employer will have of you is going to depend on how you present your resume. This is going to be your one and only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention, or for your resume to be tossed into the file of those they don’t want to pursue. The statistics are that the average employer only spends a few seconds looking at a resume, so it is imperative that it makes an impression. In this increasingly competitive job market, you need to have a professional resume that contains the right information so that it will stand out amongst the countless other resumes that potential employers will be looking at, and give you the best possible chance of getting their attention.
- BRUSH UP ON YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS: Whether you have an interview scheduled or not, you should always be able to answer The “Tell Me about Yourself” Interview Question. It happens to nearly everyone during the first part of a job interview: the prompt, “So, tell me about yourself.” Interviewers have a clear strategy when they throw this line in the water. They want to know if you have a concise, articulate comeback – a short elevator speech that outlines your career accomplishments and tells them why their organization needs you and not another candidate on the short list.
- POLISH UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES: Social media can play a huge role in your reputation so keep it professional and build a strong online presence. It could even help you get a job you’ve been looking for. Make sure you populate the web with a perfectly curated picture of you. A social profile on a career networking platform, with an up-to-date CV, it might be the first thing that a head-hunter sees. It could also be your ticket to a first interview.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF: It is never a bad idea to learn a new skill. Search for interesting courses that could give you a competitive edge with fresh insights and useful ideas. Your current knowledge suits you fine, but you see there’s still room to grow. Taking courses in specific functional areas can offer fresh insights and spark useful ideas that you can apply right away.
Now that you’ve been armed with these career tips, you can up your game by being deliberate and also doggedly consistent about your career.
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