Feeling stuck at work? Looking for change in your career but don’t know where to begin? They say good opportunities come to those who wait. But why wait when you can make things happen!
Successful people create opportunities for themselves and manage their own careers. After all, your company does not control your professional growth. Your manager is not responsible for your career—you are. So instead of passively waiting for a good job offer to land on your lap or hoping for that company promotion that might never come, you can be proactive in pushing your career to the next level.
Here are 6 things you can do today to upgrade your career:
1. Build your career prospects through networking
Like the saying goes, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Some of the best jobs out there are not advertised and most of the high-level positions in a company are also announced internally and are shared through connections.
Building your network not only opens doors to job prospects but also links you to new ideas and people who can be there to support you throughout your professional and personal life. The more good relationships you build, the more people who will know about your work and character. So, that means more good opportunities may come as these people may recommend you for that dream job.
2. Clean up your social media profiles
Social media is more than just sharing your vacation photos or videos of your dog’s new tricks. Today, it has become a tool for many headhunters to find their most suitable candidates.
Many recruiters and companies use social media to advertise their job openings and to check on or search for their prospective candidates. So if you want to really have a good professional image, you should also make sure social media profile is updated and contains information that recruiters can use to assess your professional background. For example, include the name of your university, your work experience, and other interests or hobbies.
3. Spruce up that LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is a social media platform where job seekers and companies can connect. Here, professionals can showcase their skills, career accomplishments and network with others who work in the same field or industry. For companies and recruiters, this is where they can easily see potential matches for their job vacancies or short list people for their talent pooling. But with so many users in LinkedIn, how can you stand out? The trick lies in your profile!
If you’re serious about getting a big push in your career, LinkedIn is the top online destination where you definitely have to create a profile. Take our word for it: don’t upload a photo with your best buds barbecuing in the background or a photo with your family pet. Have a decent headshot photo of you alone and with even, clear lighting so recruiters can see your face. Also, under the “headline” section of your profile, put a short and clear description of your job title and employment status plus highlight your strengths as a worker.
Pro Tip: Check out our recent post on how to use LinkedIn for your career.
4. Build your personal brand
Your personal brand is how you appear to your professional community. The question is how do you get recognised and become a go-to person in your field? One of the simplest and cheapest approaches you can do is have a strong online presence.
Have you polished your social media profile yet? Do you have a personal blog where you can share useful information about your industry and interests? Are you an active participant in forums and able to give insightful comments on other people’s content? If you have your own website, that’s even better because you can have more control over your online presence. All these will greatly contribute to building your reputation and boosting your career growth as people slowly recognise you as an authority in your chosen profession or industry.
5. Acquire new skills and certifications
You don’t have to be an active job seeker to do things that will make you a valuable employee or a sought-after professional. By taking up courses related to your current skills set or learning new ones to add to your strengths, you can effectively move towards self-improvement and raising your value in the job market.
6. Maintain good health
Exercising, eating right and keeping a healthy lifestyle may not have a direct connection to the skills you can offer as an employee, but they can greatly affect the quality of work you deliver.
If you are in tip-top shape, you’ll be able to perform better at work, be more alert and effective in making quick decisions in a fast-paced environment, and be a more reliable co-worker or staff. At the end, your good health will contribute to your outstanding performance at the workplace and may open various doors towards career advancements and promotions.All content is produced and published by IMPACT! Brand Communications.