3 Recommended Resolutions
While not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, my tip this first month of the year is to look at three key aspects of career management and “resolve” to make a few changes. Even if you aren’t currently in a job search these strategies are worth considering.
Resolve to increase networking activities by one. If your job search plan calls for attending one networking meeting per month, make it two, or if you have committed to add one new connection on LinkedIn each week double that. Even if you aren’t actively in a job search, you never know when you will need to call on your network, so taking time to build it in advance is a smart strategy.
Resolve to stay current with industry trends and keep your skills sharp. Whether you attend workshops, join a professional association, regularly read trade publications or blogs, or join an online discussion group, improving your skills and knowledge is critical to progressing on your career path.
Resolve to maintain positive online visibility. Google yourself regularly and make sure the results are favorable. If not take steps to clean up “digital dirt.” Best way to do this is to add positive results. Start an industry-related blog, post responses on blogs related to your career path, make frequent updates to your LinkedIn profile, write recommendations for your LI connections, or write a review on Amazon of a book relevant to your career, just to name a few. The possibilities are endless!
Kathy Keshemberg is a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and Certified Career Management Coach. Since 1983, she has created thousands of interview-winning resumes and related job-search materials for satisfied clients around the world. Need assistance with your career? We’re here to help! www.acareeradvantage.com