Last January, we wrote a blog post with some resolutions that could make a huge difference to your career. We’ve given this an update for 2020 – but if you want to get ahead of the game, start implementing some of these great steps now and you’ll get the next decade off to an absolutely flying start!
1. Check your CV
This is a key one and it’s important to keep it fully up to date. Look back over your last year’s appraisal and note down some training you’ve undertaken or key skills that you’ve developed.
If your CV is poorly structured, out of date or difficult to read, it’s likely to be ignored, so use this time to make it as good as you can. While you’re at it, update your social media platforms (ensuring any public posts or photographs show you in a positive light).
2. Combat clock-watching
Think about how much of 2019 you spent watching the clock – do you want the same for 2020? If the answer is no, then it’s a sign that you need to move on! After all, time flies when you’re having fun, and you won’t be clock-watching when you’re in a job you love.
3. Take interest in your industry
Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, you should keep your social media pages up to date, follow accounts relevant to your sector, and update your LinkedIn page regularly. If you’re not a social media whizz, why not sign up to relevant newsletters or magazines? It’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest changes and developments within your sector. There will be lots of end of year reviews, so get your name known within your industry and comment with some thoughts. Linked In is a great place to do this.
4. Network, network, network
Networking can take place in a variety of ways, from attending local business events and talks to simply connecting with new people on LinkedIn. There’s no reason not to expand your network of contacts and, even if you’re not looking for a new job right now, networking will mean you have a ready-made list of people to contact when you do want to move jobs. At a minimum, try to make at least one new contact every month – why not make this a new year’s resolution?
5. Assess your work/life balance
If you’ve been skipping your breaks or find yourself looking at work emails while you’re at home, it’s time to assess your work/life balance. Everyone should be able to switch off from their work schedule, but sometimes the distinction between work and home life can become blurred. There are a number of ways to improve your work/life balance, but our main advice would be to delete any work email apps from your phone if you don’t need to check them at home, and to allocate some time every evening to ‘unplug’ and do something unrelated to your phone, laptop and social media. The ideal time to ‘unplug’ is before bedtime, as exposure to electronics and screens before bed can interrupt your sleep patterns and negatively impact the quality of your sleep. Why not start 2020 as you mean to go on?
6. Learn something new
However long you’ve been in your current job or industry, there’s always something new to learn. There are hundreds and hundreds of skills that could benefit your current role and responsibilities but also your wider career. If you’ve got one in mind, search for a local course or training sessions that cater to that particular skill. If you’re not sure where to start, talk with your manager about learning something new. Your current employer may even offer subsided training sessions, free-of-charge courses or send you to a relevant conference.
7. Take action and quit
If you feel like it’s time for a change, a new challenge or a steer in a new direction, it could be time to quit your current job. Leaving your job doesn’t mean you’ve failed; instead, it means you’re acting on your goals, making positive changes and taking action to develop your career. Having said this, don’t quit without a plan of action. Research your opportunities and have a plan in place before resigning.
Ascendant Recruitment can help you find your dream job – no matter where you are in your career! We post vacancies every day on our social media pages, so head on over to Facebook, Twitter, Linked IN or Instagram to see if something suits you! We’d love to hear from you – drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01604 439380 (Northampton office) / 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes office).