If you’re planning to relax and recharge your batteries this holiday season, the last thing you’ll be wanting to think about is work. But a break from the day-to-day demands of a busy job presents the ideal opportunity to take stock of your career and reflect on your goals. Think of it as a career health check.
So, do your career a favour, block out some quiet time and ask yourself:
1. On a Sunday night, how do you feel about going to work on Monday morning?
2. Are you learning and growing in your current job?
3. If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?
4. What would you like to do next in your career?
5. Are there any opportunities to do this where you currently work?
6. Are there any potential threats to your current role, e.g. restructuring?
Are your résumé, LinkedIn profile and cover letter up to date?
If your answers to these questions suggest that it’s time to look for another job, your next step is to update your résumé and LinkedIn profile. You also need to ensure that they align with each other – or do they seem to be about two different people? But don’t just copy and paste your résumé onto your LinkedIn profile. Spending a little time updating your résumé and profile, and then keeping them in shape, will ensure that when opportunities come along, all you have to do is a little tweaking and you’re good to go.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that your cover letter is up to date. While you will need to tailor every cover letter to the role you’re applying for, having a standard version that you can adapt as needed will give you a head start on that application.
The Proven Group
The Proven Group offers a range of services in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong to ensure that your career is always in tip-top health. These include professional résumé-writing and cover letter-writing, as well as interview coaching, guidance on addressing key selection criteria, LinkedIn profile-writing, DISC profiling, career counselling and career workshops. Contact us today to discuss our services.
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