1) Update your CV and LinkedIn profile
When is the last time you looked at your CV? Do you have a up to date one? It is always a good exercise to update your CV yearly to make sure you haven’t missed any important projects you were involved in. Just like your CV your LinkedIn profile should be kept up to date!
2) Get a new professional certification
Have you ever wanted to gain a professional qualification? Gaining a professional certification will enhance your employability, improve your positioning for promotion with your present employer and will give you a chance to stretch yourself. There are various low-cost and flexible training opportunities, which can be completed in your own free time or at an evening class. Don’t have the funds? A lot of companies are willing to fund further training to their employees if they can see the benefits.
3) Attend more networking events
Attending networking can be uncomfortable and awkward, but bets are you aren’t the only one feeling that way! You don’t have to do one every fortnight, one a month or a quarter is sufficient. It is the best way to make new connections and keep up to date of what’s happening in your field. It is also a great way to add more connections on LinkedIn.
4) Career evaluation
Sit down and think about your career goals, write a list of what you want to achieve throughout the year. Do you want a promotion? Evaluate what makes you happy and what makes you unhappy. Do you want a new challenge? Ask for more responsibilities? Come up with a plan to make changes to achieve your career goals this year!
5) Skill Up!
Whether attending a refresher course or learning a new computer program, this can give you the confidence to go for a promotion or give you that lift to find a better job!
• Clean out your filing cabinet (or computer files)
• Read one career-related or motivational book
• Find a work mentor
• Read industry news every morning
• Join your local practice forum
• Embrace your technology