12 days of Christ­mas tips

’Tis the sea­son to re­view your ca­reer. Fol­low this ad­vice from SEEK

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NO MAT­TER how happy a worker is in their job, they al­ways need to stay open to op­por­tu­nity, as they never know what life – or Fa­ther Christ­mas – may bring.

With tra­di­tional “De­cem­ber down­time” in many work­places on its way, work­ers are urged to use the 12 days lead­ing up to or after Christ­mas for an an­nual ca­reer check-in to re­flect on what has been done in the past year and work out where they are headed in 2019.

Knock off one of these tasks each day and en­ter the New Year ready for op­por­tu­nity, whether it is with an ex­ist­ing em­ployer or a new job.

Day 1 – Re­flect

Think about what has hap­pened dur­ing the year, or ca­reer to date, and where fu­ture am­bi­tions lie.

Con­sider mak­ing a mind map to vis­ually or­gan­ise thoughts.

Write down the five big­gest wins achieved in the past year and iden­tify your unique sell­ing point (USP) to em­ploy­ers.

Day 2 – Re­search

Ask around, read up on in­dus­try re­ports or google the op­por­tu­ni­ties and work con­di­tions in your in­dus­try.

Con­sider how much sim­i­lar roles are pay­ing, the new skills re­quired in the in­dus­try, and the types of roles that are cur­rently be­ing ad­ver­tised.

Day 3 – Up­date the ca­reer plan

A writ­ten ca­reer plan helps work­ers to get ahead.

Set out goals and ac­tion points for the next 12 months.

Kick­start the process by writ­ing down three goals to achieve – try for a salary goal, a learn­ing goal and a task-fo­cused goal.

Day 4 – Col­lect cre­den­tials and doc­u­men­ta­tion

This may not just be a stock­take of qualifications, but seek­ing ref­er­ences, ask­ing for en­dorse­ments from col­leagues and clients and col­lat­ing ex­am­ples of great work.

Day 5 – Or­gan­ise and store

Find the right repos­i­tory to store the con­tent that was col­lected in yes­ter­day’s task.

Cloud stor­age tools such as Drop­box or Google drive can be good op­tions to keep ca­reer as­sets to­gether and can be easy to share with prospec­tive em­ploy­ers, should an op­por­tu­nity arise.

Day 6 – Write/up­date an el­e­va­tor pitch

Go back to the ca­reer plan and USP com­piled on Days 1 and 3 and un­der­stand your brand. Use it to write a “30-sec­ond el­e­va­tor speech” – a sum­mary of why you should be hired.

Day 7 – Re­vamp the re­sume

An up­dated re­sume high­lights lat­est achieve­ments, as well as goals out­lined in the ca­reer plan, your USP and el­e­va­tor pitch.

Read up on new re­sume trends to en­sure it is mod­ern and presents the right in­for­ma­tion.

Day 8 – Up­date your cover let­ter tem­plate

Write a new cover let­ter to use as a tem­plate when next ap­ply­ing for a job.

When that time comes, it will just be a mat­ter of adding build­ing blocks, such as de­tails that tai­lor the cover let­ter to the po­si­tion be­ing ap­plied for, then send­ing it off.

Day 9 – Cre­ate or up­date a SEEK pro­file

Em­ploy­ers and head­hunters reg­u­larly search on­line pro­files look­ing for pas­sive can­di­dates who may be in­ter­ested in an op­por­tu­nity if it comes to them.

Work­ers with up-to-date pro­files at­tract more in­ter­est.

There is no harm in be­ing no­ticed by re­cruiters and em­ploy­ers, even if a worker is not in the mar­ket for a job right now or not in­ter­ested in the role that is sug­gested to them.

Day 10 – Nur­ture your net­work

There is never a bet­ter time to find and re­con­nect with old col­leagues and new ac­quain­tances by send­ing them an eCard or a good old-fash­ioned pa­per one for Christ­mas.

Day 11 – Hit the books

Look for cour­ses to fill gaps in knowl­edge or your re­sume, or to add to ex­ist­ing skills.

It could be com­plet­ing an on­line we­bi­nar, find­ing a con­fer­ence to at­tend next year, or en­rolling in a short course, or univer­sity de­gree.

If un­sure where to start, look at job ad­ver­tise­ments to de­ter­mine the skills in need.

Day 12 – Com­plete a so­cial me­dia makeover

Start by googling your­self – do not stop at page 1, see what lurks a few pages in, as well as on the im­age search.

Em­ploy­ers do google po­ten­tial work­ers, so en­sure any­thing they find is por­tray­ing the right im­age.

DE­CEM­BER DOWN­TIME: Use the 12 days lead­ing up to or after Christ­mas for an an­nual ca­reer check-in and work out where you are headed in the new year.

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