Are your career goals overdue a review?
Over the past year, consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have certainly impacted on most aspects of everyone’s lives. Whether your role has been negatively affected or not, for many this has been a time to reflect on what’s most important to you, your goals you’re your aspirations.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our list of goals to help review your career and support you to develop further from here:
Goal #1: Update your CV and your LinkedIn Profile
You can probably think of a million things you’d rather be doing than updating your CV and/or your LinkedIn profile, but these are all critical first steps in reviewing your career goals.
With more than 600 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is the largest professional network globally, making it job search critical to have a LinkedIn profile that’s optimised and up to date. Alongside your CV, your LinkedIn profile is your chance to get your name in front of hundreds of professionals in your industry and thousands of employers looking for top talent. You need a LinkedIn profile that draws attention, says the right things, and helps you really connect with the people who can help you expand your career.
One mistake people frequently make is to wait to update their CV or their LinkedIn profile, until they find a job that interests them. That prevents them from applying for the position right away, and by the time they have updated versions ready to submit, it may be too late. So, don’t delay.
Does your CV and your LinkedIn profile reflect your most recent professional accomplishments?
Goal #2: Strengthen your skill set
Even in a candidate-driven job market, you need to do whatever you can to gain an advantage over your fellow job seekers. One way is to learn a new skill or earn a certification. No matter your chosen industry or career, change is happening all around you. Your skill set may need a boost to remain relevant and attractive to employers.
Pursuing professional development shows initiative and a commitment to learning, as well as an understanding of what it takes to excel in your field. It also makes it easier for you to answer the question that all hiring managers are likely to ask in one form or another: “How can you add value to the organisation?”
Possessing certain abilities and credentials can also help you negotiate a higher salary.
Goal #3: Look for a job that makes you happy
When did you last assess your professional and personal goals and determine exactly what you are looking for in a new job? What would make you happy? A bigger paycheck? A more senior title? The opportunity to work at a top firm in your field? All these things are nice, no doubt and they will contribute to your on-the-job happiness, as well. But are they more important to your overall satisfaction than a shorter commute? Or a different organisational culture? Or the potential to advance quickly?
Develop a clear picture in your mind of what would make you happiest and allow you to reach the goal you’ve set of what you are looking for in your next career move. Without a clear idea of what this job looks like, you’ll have trouble finding the right fit.
Goal #4: Be persistent as you pursue your goals
Employers still want to be sure a potential candidate is a good fit for the position and company culture before extending an offer. Even if you’re one of their top candidates, it may take weeks and several rounds of interviews before you hear back about the final decision.
Keep in contact with your recruiter to update on any changes with regards your own situation, so that your potential future employer doesn’t miss out on hiring someone as talented as you!