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#Careergoals – 7 tips to get the career you want

 

Thinking about moving up the corporate ladder? Or looking to jump ship and start a completely new adventure? When it comes to our careers, sometimes we could all use a little bit of advice.

From making the right connections to getting your brain in tip top shape, there are lots of things we can do to increase our chances of landing that dream job.

Check out these seven tips to help you get the career you want.

1. Set your goals

Having a clear career goal is key to achieving what you want. Be specific about where you want your career path to go and take the time to really think about all your options.

Asking yourself question like the ones below can help you to get the ball rolling, and possibly even think about new opportunities.

  • What area am I most interested in?
  • What are my skills?
  • What position do I want to have within the next five years?
  • What kind of company do I want to work for?
  • What kind of hours suit my life?
  • Is location a factor for me?
  • Do I need to upskill to achieve my dream job?
  • What are the steps I need to take to get there?

Once you have decided what it is that you want, be sure to put it down on paper. Studies have shown that writing out your goals, make you far more likely to achieve them.

2. Make connections

As the famous saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Now, while this may not be 100pc accurate, creating strong professional relationships is still important.  Not only will it mean you get to share knowledge with other experienced people in your industry, it also means you will have the inside track when new job opportunities arise.

Networking often happens outside the usual nine to five office hours. Going the extra mile and being available for industry events is all part of moving up the ladder. So, count yourself in for those breakfast briefings, client outings and extracurricular activities and start making those connections.

3. Update your CV

Even if you are not actively applying for jobs, you should always keep your CV up to date. You never know when the next opportunity will arise. Being prepared and having a strong CV ready to go will alleviate stress when the time does come.

If it’s been a while since you dusted off that Word Doc, be sure to check out examples of CVs online for the job you are aiming for. Don’t be afraid to try new formats. If you are trying to get a creative role, use it as an opportunity to showcase your skills.

As well as the usual job history and educational information, make sure to include examples of achievements and projects you worked on that directly related to the job you are applying for.

Remember that one-size does not fit all with a CV, tailor to the job you want and make adjustments according to the company you are applying to.

4. Immerse yourself in your industry

If you want to become a serious player in your chosen field, you must know your industry inside out. That means keeping up to date with industry literature, signing up to courses, talks and events, listening to related podcasts and generally absorbing as much information as you can. These are the things that are going to give you the competitive edge against other applicants. It is easy to write the word ‘passionate’ on a CV, but demonstrating your real passion and knowledge in your interview is what will really make you shine.

5. #Staysharp

Starting a new job means taking in lots of new information. Regardless of your experience, you’ll still have to learn how your new work place operates and what will be expected of you daily.  Keep your brain sharp by giving it all the nutrients and essential fats it needs.

A great way to start is by making sure you are getting enough brain boosting Omegas (Omega 3,6 and 9) in your diet every day.

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6. Social clean up

Think of your social media as an extension of your CV. See it as a way to present yourself to the world and future employers. If you are trying to move up the career ladder, now is a great time to give your social media channels a spring clean. Be sure that whatever is on your profile/profiles is something you would be comfortable with your future boss seeing or even talking to you about.

Make updating your LinkedIn profile part of this process. Have all your work experience up to date, add in any links or examples of projects where you can and make sure your bio is reflecting where you are now and where you want your career to go in the future.

7. Believe in yourself

Finally, believe in your value when applying for a new job. Remember that you have come this far for a reason and that the next step is within reach if you want it. Going into an interview with confidence and self-belief will show that you are ready for business.

Making the decision to actively try and move up the career ladder is the first step to an exciting professional journey. Believe that you deserve the chance to progress. You never know, your dream job may be one interview away from reality.

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