Looking to develop your career in 2020? Alison has made a checklist of career development activities and associated free courses for you to tick off this year. Follow these 5 steps, streamline your job search efforts, and take your career to new heights!
Step 1: Identify the right career
Whether you want to find a new job in the same industry or look for a completely new one, it’s crucial to think about what you want to do next. Explore your options thoroughly, and find out what career is right for you.
Step 2: Power-up your résumé
The biggest thing that stands between you and your next job is the perfect résumé. You might be the right person for the job, but your potential employer will only know that if they invite you for an interview. To get the invite, you need a great résumé.
Step 3: Know how to find a new job
You should never just wait for the right job to fall into your lap. Being proactive is the best strategy. By learning how to optimize your job search, your career will always be on the move.
Step 4: Maximise your networking skills
Be it an old friend or ex-colleague, re-establish past connections to discuss job trends, and check if there are opportunities that might arise in their network. Use online professional platforms, attend seminars and conferences, and try building new connections to discover potential career opportunities.
Step 5: Make longer-term career plans
Where do see yourself in the next 5 years? Are you in a managerial role leading teams? Or a specialist offering expert advice in your industry? Or do you see yourself starting a new business? Picture what you want your career to look like in the next few years. This can be fantastic motivation and help you make great decisions along the way.