HOW TO GAIN MORE PRES­ENCE

The Weekend Post - - Careers - THIS AR­TI­CLE FIRST AP­PEARED ON SEEK CA­REER AD­VICE

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

NO MAT­TER how happy a worker is in their job, they al­ways need to stay open to op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause 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 a ca­reer check-in to re­flect on what has been done in the past year and find where they are headed in 2019.

Start­ing on Day 1, 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.

RE­FLECT

1 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.

RE­SEARCH

2 Ask around, read up on in­dus­try re­ports or Google 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.

UP­DATE THE CA­REER PLAN

3 A writ­ten ca­reer plan helps work­ers 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.

COL­LECT CRE­DEN­TIALS AND DOC­U­MEN­TA­TION

4 This may not just be a stock­take of qual­i­fi­ca­tions al­ready ob­tained, but is about seek­ing ref­er­ences, ask­ing for en­dorse­ments from col­leagues and clients, and col­lat­ing ex­am­ples of great work that you have done.

OR­GAN­ISE AND STORE

5 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.

HAVE AN EL­E­VA­TOR PITCH

6 Go back to the ca­reer plan and USP com­piled on Days 1 and 3 and un­der­stand your brand.

Use it to write a killer “30-sec­ond el­e­va­tor speech” – a sum­mary of why you are an em­ployer’s next hire.

RE­VAMP YOUR RE­SUME

7 An up­dated re­sume high­lights your lat­est achieve­ments, as well as goals out­lined in your ca­reer plan, your unique sell­ing point and your el­e­va­tor pitch. Add high­lights from the year.

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

UP­DATE YOUR COVER LET­TER TEM­PLATE

8 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 tai­lor­ing the cover let­ter to the po­si­tion be­ing ap­plied for, then send­ing it off.

CRE­ATE OR UP­DATE A SEEK PRO­FILE

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

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

NUR­TURE YOUR NET­WORK

10 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.

HIT THE BOOKS

11 Look for cour­ses to fill gaps in your knowl­edge or 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.

SO­CIAL ME­DIA MAKEOVER

12 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.

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