It’s amazing how the regenerative powers of sunshine, warm weather and time can almost instantaneously brighten up your mood, and restore your body and soul. You find yourself very eager to clean out the clutter, freshen up your living space and take better care of your health.
But have you considered that it may be time to clean-up your career too? Whether you’re in need of a new job or are willing to jump ship if the right opportunity arises, perhaps it’s time to use this season to make yourself a better job candidate.
Assess your career
A good place to start is to assess where you are professionally. Do you enjoy going to work every day? Are you stimulated by what you’re doing? Are you earning enough to live the life you want and save enough for the future? Are you pursuing your professional dreams?
Talk to experts in your current industry or industry of interest to find out how you can get on a learning curve and spend some time acquiring the skills you need. Also attempt to take on added responsibilities that will challenge you. You might find that by learning new skills, you may discover new things that excite you and get ideas about what you want to do next.
Update your CV
Use strong active verbs to replace old redundant words. Wherever possible, use numbers to demonstrate your skills and include keywords related to your field. Also make sure that your CV is free of any grammatical and spelling errors.
Update your Who’s Who profile
Include all your previous positions relevant to the job you’re applying for and make sure that your current position is updated. Add links to companies that showcase your work and build your professional portfolio. In the process you’ll earn badges that will get you noticed by prospective employers.
Clean-up your online reputation
Set your Facebook settings so that prospective employees don’t see your updates and photos, or ensure that you post information that presents you in a positive and professional light.
The best time to network is when you aren’t actively seeking new employment. Meet new people inside and outside your organization. Join a new class – whether for professional reasons or for personal satisfaction.
Read on to find out how you can build your online reputation