- Check your CV
Make sure your CV is fully up to date. Have a look at last year’s appraisal and note down some training you’ve undertaken or key skills that you’ve developed. A poorly structured CV, or one that is out of date or difficult to read, it’s likely to be ignored, so use this time to make it as good as you can. While you’re at it, update your social media platforms (remember to make sure any public posts or photographs show you in a positive light).
- Stop watching the clock
Are you a chronic clock watcher? Do you want the same for 2020? If the answer is no, then it’s a sign that you need to move on to a new job! After all, time flies when you’re having fun, and you won’t be clock-watching when you’re in a job you love.
- Keep up to date with your industry
It’s always best to keep your social media profile up to date whether you’re looking for a new job or not. Make sure you follow accounts that are relevant to your sector, and update your LinkedIn page regularly. If you’re not great on social media, why not sign up to relevant newsletters or magazines? It’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest changes and developments within your industry. Look up some end of year reviews and comment on posts with your thoughts – this is a great way to get your name known within your industry. We think Linked In is a great place to do this.
- Networking is key
A brilliant new years’ resolution could be to attend networking events regularly. Or, if you don’t like to network fact to face, consider ways to connect with new people on LinkedIn. There’s no reason not to expand your network of contacts and, even if you’re not looking for a new job right now, networking will mean you have a ready-made list of people to contact when you do want to move jobs.
- How’s your work/life balance
Lots of research shows how detrimental work/life balance is for people and organisations. If you’re guilty of skipping your breaks or find yourself looking at work emails while you’re at home, it’s time to assess your work/life balance. There are a number of ways to improve your work/life balance, but try to keep your work phone and emails away from where you relax at home so that you aren’t tempted to check them unnecessarily. Allocate some time every evening to ‘unplug’ and do something unrelated to your phone, laptop and social media and avoid screens and electronics before bed as this can interrupt your sleep patterns and negatively impact the quality of your sleep. Why not start 2020 as you mean to go on?
- Keep your skills up to date
There’s always something new to learn, no matter how long you’ve been in your current job or industry. Have a think about any skills that you would like to help you in your current role and see what could help you to progress your career. Look up a local course or training sessions that cater to that particular skill. If you’re not sure where to start, talk with your manager about learning something new. Your current employer may even offer subsided training sessions, free-of-charge courses or send you to a relevant conference.
- Take action and quit
If you feel like it’s time for a change, a new challenge or a steer in a new direction, it could be time to quit your current job. Leaving your job doesn’t mean you’ve failed; instead, it means you’re acting on your goals, making positive changes and taking action to develop your career. Having said this, don’t quit without a plan of action. Research your opportunities and have a plan in place before resigning.
If you want a head start on 2020 why not contact Workforce to see how we can help you with a new role? Wherever you are in your career, now is the perfect time to take action.
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