In this podcast episode, I focus on 7 habits you must create not only to help you find your next job, but also for you to have great confidence and success in your career.
Together with episodes 12 and 13, this episode is a companion to my 31 Days of Actions to Reset your Career, a project I’ve created to help professionals make the most out of this month of January and take 1 day at a time in creating new habits and taking actions that will have an positive effect in their career advancement and job hunting prospects. This can be used throughout your career, year, it’s not a January-only strategy. It’s really an opportunity for you to press the reset button whenever you feel ready, and incorporate these actions in your life. At least give them a try! If you want to follow the 2nd half of the project day by day, follow me on Instagram, Facebook or my company LinkedIn page.
1. Go for a 30-minute walk before or after work
2. Post an article on LinkedIn aligned to your expertise.
If you are following the 31 Days of Actions to Reset Your Career, you are now ready to start networking online, and sharing some knowledge with your network. You have a it all together. Don't be reluctant to start posting on LinkedIn, it is a really great way to get noticed by people who can directly hire you, or can advocate for you. So find a great article you have read recently - about your sector, professional interest – and share on LinkedIn:
3. Connect with all your professional connections on LinkedIn
We are in constant transition and having to re-think how we actually keep tabs with technology and what is the simplest possible way to do things these days. So if there are important connections sitting in your contacts, which you are not yet linked to on LinkedIn, use this upcoming weekend to send them a connection invitation.
4. Envision what your career might be like. Write it down.
Writing down your goals and dreams is really important:
5. Follow 3 people on LinkedIn with profiles and careers you admire
The difference between Following and Connecting on LinkedIn:
Following is important because it allows you to:
Sometimes people Follow when they should Connect
Sometimes people Connect when they should Follow:
6. Download a list of Action verbs and keep it easy access.
Actions verbs are verbs that clearly demonstrate an action. Opposite of Action verbs are Linking/Being verbs. See the difference below:
Employers like to see action verbs in your resume. I’d extend that to not only your resume, but all your written job-hunting communication. In a limited amount of “real estate”, action verbs maximize impact. Note the difference of the two statements below:
As you can see above, action verbs are strong action words that help define your experience, skills and career accomplishments. If you don’t use them to explain your career, you are not emphasizing your strengths well enough.
Recruiter’s preferred action verbs are: achieved, improved, trained, mentored, managed, created.
Download Now a complete list if career-related action verbs, organized by type of work/task completed:
What you need to do?
✔️Keep the list of action verbs always close to you and easily accessible.
✔️Go through your resume and replace the boring verbs with action verbs.
✔️Be mindful of future communication and continue to strive and use action verbs whenever possible.
7. Read a career development article or blog
There’s so much noise these days, so much distraction it’s easy to spend time with things that add nothing to our lives, wellbeing and knowledge. It’s not so much that we spend too much time on our phones, it’s that we do and they we can’t even remember what we were looking at! So have the right triggers in place to help you use that time well. Find great podcasts to listen, download good apps with news and articles that add value to your life. You can even learn a few foreign words, a new recipe, or update your knowledge on your favourite topic while driving, walking or cooking.
Reading career-related articles should be a must for professionals going through career transitions, who are job searching at the moment or thinking and strategizing about their next steps. Find someone you trust and follow them. Could be sector-specific, general leadership skills or career advancement advice.
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