let the date on the calendar fool you. Resolutions are not just for January.
When it comes to job-hunting, for a new gig or just a better role in your
current one, smart career moves are made all year long.
Update Your Look: Do a Google search and
assess your social media profile. Being on LinkedIn is not enough. Are you
being active? Look to engage your network and expand your contacts continually.
Join industry groups and share relevant links. Spend some time on the LinkedIn
Help Center for webinars and case studies offering tips on optimizing your
profile and networking. While you're at it, take a good long look at your
headshot, which brings us to Tip # 2.
Enough with the Outdated
Make 2014 the year you invest in (or retake) a professional headshot. Too many
LinkedIn or Facebook profiles have casual photos. Signal your professionalism
with a pro headshot. If your current photo is a few year old, its time for an
update. Fashions and hairstyles change: don't make the mistake of letting an
outdated photo give the impression your skills are similarly rusty.
Add Some Skills: Even if you love your
job and want to stay put, investing in your skill set is a no-brainer. Bolster
your credentials with new tech skills or with public speaking training. Get
published! The proliferation of industry and niche publications as well as
blogs means content is always sought after. Once your published, toot your horn
and share the work on your social media outlets.
Network with Recruiters: Don't wait for the
phone to ring. Start to network with recruiters in your industry well before
you want to move. Identify recruiters online or by networking with trusted
colleagues. Then call to introduce yourself, forward along your resume, and let
them know you are open-minded about opportunities.
Lunch Bunch: Make the most of your
lunchtime by networking, in person or by phone, at least twice a week during
lunch hours. Schedule it on your calendar, just as you would any other
commitment and stick to it. Make your networking a two-way street; you can
offer to mentor younger colleagues during this time slot as well.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.