‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, so here are a few ideas on things you can do for yourself and your career in 2014
Update your resume – Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, it’s a good idea to always have a current resume ready to go. In addition to making sure your work history is up to date, you should also consider replacing your objective with a professional profile, changing the font from Times New Roman to something more current and distinctive, removing “References Upon Request” from the bottom of your resume, and most importantly, replacing any tired, old bullet points with quantifiable, accomplishment-based statements.
Clean up your online presence – Have you Googled yourself recently? If you’re applying for a job, you can be sure that the HR pro or hiring manager will. Make sure your Facebook privacy settings are adjusted so that those less flattering pictures are only visible to your close friends and family. Be aware of any potential red flags that may appear if someone Googles you and be prepared to account for them.
Spend more time networking in person – There is no substitute for good old-fashioned face-to-face networking. Depending on the source, it is said that 60% of all jobs are not advertised and found through a contact…many reports indicate that it could be as high as 80%. It’s in a company’s best interest to hire someone recommended by a current employee. Why do you think they pay cash to employees for referrals?
Be more active on LinkedIn – Your LinkedIn profile is not a “set it and forget it” proposition. Set aside 30 minutes a week to write updates, join industry groups and participate in their discussions, and keeping your profile fresh and current. It will be time well spent. Also, make sure your profile is 100% complete, including a photo. You can find the requirements for a complete profile at http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=pop%2Fpop_more_profile_completeness.
Learn something new! – Dedicate some time to your personal and professional development. The options for quality online learning opportunities are growing daily. Exercise your brain…it’s good for you! Some good (and free) options are Coursera, Academic Earth, and Khan Academy.
And most of all…commit to taking good care of yourself. Have a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Offered by Jeffrey Metzger, owner of Your Resume Consultant, http://blog.yourresumeconsultant.com