20 things you can do yourself for your career
Feeling a bit stuck in terms of your career and lacking direction? Don’t worry Mashable have collected these very helpful 20 tips to ensure you give yourself the best chance for success!
1. Write down your wins
Make a list of your top 10 professional accomplishments from the past year. You can incorporate these “wins” into your resume the next time you spruce it up — employers love seeing descriptions of “accomplishments” as opposed to “duties.”
2. Congratulate someone on his or her career success
By celebrating others’ “wins,” you’ll reinforce the belief that you’re a positive, encouraging person — two qualities that are on every employer’s wish list!
3. Redesign your professional materials
4. Clean out your inbox
Don’t just delete old emails and archive others. Take the next step and unsubscribe from mailing lists that waste your time.
5. Send a thank you note
Think of a colleague, manager, or mentor who helped or inspired you this past year, and let that person know you’re grateful for his or her assistance or inspiration. Sure, you could use email. But it would be better to use pen and paper. A handwritten note is a simple, classy way to make people feel special — and strengthen your professional network.
6. Read up on how to get your CV close to perfection
More specifically, read these 43 tips. They will only get you closer to getting that job you want. So, tweak your resume accordingly, or don’t be afraid to start over from scratch instead of building on one you’ve had for years.
7. Make that revamped CV stylish
8. Contact an expert if you’re lost
Careers Advice is priceless! If you’re feeling a bit lost in terms of where to go next, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with a Careers Adviser!
9. Learn how to answer the most common interview questions
Your resume’s only doing the first part of the talking. The interview step is hugely important and not one that you can risk blowing. Prepare in advance by running through these common questions and you’ll likely ace it.
10. Update your professional wardrobe
11. Invest in a standing desk
You won’t believe the health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s well worth speaking to your office manager about getting one for the office.
12. Reorganize your workspace
13. Get on a healthier sleep schedule
14. Google yourself
Distasteful social media content? Snarky blog comments? That YouTube video that you uploaded during Mardi Gras circa 2009 still around? Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes, and make sure your online footprint makes a good first impression.
15. Take your LinkedIn presence to the next level
Start by adding a personal note when you send out invitations to join your network. You’d be surprised by how few people do this, so it’ll really make you stand out and get noticed.
16. Reach out to 6 people you’d like to connect with
Start lining up coffee date for the first few weeks of January. (And before you go on any of them, make sure you know how to have the best coffee date ever.)
17. Choose a skill you want to improve in 2016
It could be public speaking, time management, or creative writing. Sign up for a class, seminar, weekly writing group, whatever makes sense for you and whatever might get you motivated. Then decide how you’re going to develop that skill. Block out the time on your calendar now.
18. Read a few career-boosting classics
I recommend Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Dale Carnegie’sHow to Win Friends and Influence People. More of a listener? Subscribe to a smart podcast or two. Mmm. Brain food you’ll actually start to crave.
19. Fill your inspiration tank to the brim
20. Write out your one-year plan
Whether you’re looking to make a move or are currently satisfied at your job, figure out what you plan to do to take your career to the next level. Maybe it’s telling your network you’re looking to make a move. Or, perhaps it’s getting a promotion (and a raise!). Whatever it is, figure out how you’re going to make it happen.
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