It’s the weekend. Of course you don’t want to be thinking about your job right now. You want to kick back, have a lazy breakfast, maybe get some socialising in before embarking on an epic House Of Cards Season 2 marathon on Netflix. (just me? ok…).
But the weekend is the perfect time to get serious about your career. Whether you are unhappy in your current role, or you just want a little career direction, the headspace from you actual job will allow you to think really clearly about what you want. So why not pour a little coffee and even make a little toast whilst breezing through these 5 ways to launch your career into the stratosphere. Or something.
Update your social profiles
You might think your presence online doesn’t matter, especially if you don’t work in marketing or digital, but believe me it does. Spend 10 minutes locking down everything you don’t want a potential employer to see (hello Facebook drunken night out pics) and then another 30 minutes sprucing up what they will see. A focused Twitter bio and picture, or a relevant blog profile or online portfolio. Think of it like a domestic cleaning job for your digital life.
Then, if you haven’t already – I want you to sign up to Linkedin. You may be ignoring LinkedIn but potential employers, clients and colleagues are not. So, get over there, sign up and ensure you’ve followed these top Linkedin tips to make your profile shine.
Boost your employability
It’s a tough old world out there, and anything you can do to stand out form the crowd will help you rise to the top of the application pile – or even help you get headhunted for that next position. Seriously, you might think you have a good application on paper, but there are at least 20 others applying that have seriously gone that extra mile.
Even if you are job hunting at the moment, you can still quickly boost your ways of getting noticed – it isn’t too late just because you have applications going in left right and centre! Why not try these five ways of making you stand out today before you fire off that next CV?
Super-size your brain power
Did you know there are literally hundreds of free courses out there waiting for you on the internet? That the net is not just for cat pictures, memes and Cumberbatch gifs (if only?!). A free course could help you learn a new skill that is essential for the next promotion, use your brain in a different way or just provide some welcome destruction from the daily grind.
With anything from core skills to University modules, you only have to lift a finger – you don’t need to shell out a penny! Here’s the list – go on and sign up for free!
Think about what you want from your working life
How often have you schlepped into work on a Monday morning with a heavy heart, wondering what the point even is? Make this weekend the one where you change all that. If work is getting you down it might be that you do indeed need to move on or try something new, but before you do anything rash like quit – how about getting some new perspective.
If you can get some time with an advisor, a mentor or even a career coach (who has the dollar?), then why not spend a little time this weaken with some Ted Talks? These 5 especially curated for you will change the way you think about your work – for the better!
Give your CV some sparkle
I haven’t actually had to use a CV for quite some years, largely because the world that I work in uses application forms in the main – I hate them, but there we are. However, CV’s are important to have because in some sectors they are the standard way of getting across your experience and skills, and because they give you a good place to start when applying for a job.
If you’ve not taken a look at yours in a while, dust it off and be honest. Is it really any good? Your CV is easy to get wrong, but it is also the easiest thing in the world to get right too. As a basic a rule a CV should contain the following elements:
- A snappy personal statement that should be changed for each role you apply for
- Your educational history (but keep it short – you don’t need to list every single GCSE you gained)
- Your employment history – listing key responsibilities, achievements and skills
- Relevent hobbies/interests and volunteering experience
Depending on your career, you may add a skills/competencies section (this is pretty common in IT, digital and engineering careers) any non educational qualifications gained (for example do you have a professional certificate/qualification) and you may want to replacement your employment history with a clients section if you work freelance.
Make sure the formatting is clear, the writing concise and you’ve checked over any spelling/grammar mistakes. Get a friend to help!
How will you be investing in yourself and your career this weekend?
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