Thinking of taking the next step on the career ladder or even changing careers altogether?
Where do you start?
Now, before you start firing job applications, take the time to read these 5 tips from career coach, Linda Beatty.
And make the next steps that are best for you.
1. Update your CV
The most obvious place to start is updating your CV.
Linda said she met someone recently who had worked for the same organization for a long time who said, “I haven’t updated my CV in 20 years!”
We are all busy at work so we forget to reflect on our progress.
And then write it down.
Linda suggests an easy way to keep your CV fresh before performance reviews.
“In most jobs, you have to write down what you achieved during the previous 6 months or years,” he said.
“When you do this, remember to add your main successes, new responsibilities and measurable results to your CV at the same time.”
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2. Update your Linkedin profile
Employers only see your CV if you apply for a job.
But your LinkedIn profile is there for anyone to see at any time.
“This is the first place people visit to find out about you now,” Linda said, “so it’s very important for you to save it now.”
And Linkedin is not just for employers in the future.
Linda says it’s also very important if you want to transfer roles in your existing company (your colleagues, managers, and HR also have LinkedIn)!
But this is not just about listing your position and job qualifications, but also about showing your interest in specialization.
If you want to develop a career in data analytics, for example, show your passion by commenting on relevant posts, sharing articles about new developments in the field, following thought leaders and companies who like to work and join related associations.
They all help to show the world an active interest in your special specialization.
3. Get a network
The third thing that Linda recommended was getting a network.
“Don’t underestimate the power of your network,” he said.
Some of us might be embarrassed to go out there.
But we already have an existing network that might help us in our careers.
There are family, school friends, university acquaintances and everyone who has worked with us, for starters.
Linda suggests starting with attending events – talks, exhibitions, conferences, seminar training days – on topics related to your new role.
If you are brave, you might even offer to talk at an event with a topic that you are experiencing.
Don’t underestimate the true value of having met and talked face to face with people with similar interests.
This can lead to introductions and opportunities.
And that also gives you the opportunity to ask them, “What’s it like working for company X?”
4. Make sure you have the right skills
Linda’s fourth tip is to make sure your skills are still relevant.
“I would encourage everyone to do an online course every three months, with topics that interest them,” he said.
We all need to stay abreast of the latest developments in our field.
Fortunately, there are now various online courses available that are cheap or free.
When you complete it, several courses provide certificates that you can share on your Linkedin profile.
Online training providers offer short courses from educational institutions from all over the world on various subjects.
“And if you want to go back to college for a year,” Linda said, “there is a forum called springboardcourses.ie * that advertises free universities and IT courses that you can enroll in. ‘
5. Have a session with the trainer
Finally, Linda said that she would always encourage someone to meet with a career coach.
A trainer can help you get a CV correctly, update your Linkedin profile, start a network and find relevant training courses.
But they can also help by making you responsible.
Agree on certain goals and deadlines with you so you won’t change careers.
“Where a coach can really help is by supporting you to identify deeper things that are stopping you from achieving your goals,” he said.
Are there limiting beliefs that prevent you from reaching your potential?
And what can you do to get around them?
Career coaches can help you be clearer about your personal values.
For example, what is more important for you to make a difference in the world, to get the highest salary possible or to reach your highest potential?
And what organizations share your values?
Even if you only have one session with a coach, it’s a good place to start.