We recently published a blog post about “3 Simple Steps for Growing and Maximizing Your Career.” To recap, those steps were as follows:
- Plot a path for reaching your destination.
- Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
- Be proactive about your plan and priorities.
While these steps are more general in nature, we also have some simple steps for success that are more specific. These are action steps, things that you can do immediately to position yourself for career advancement and professional success.
Below are three more simple steps for growing and maximizing your career:
#1—Update your resume consistently.
How often is “consistently”? It’s at least once every six months, although once a quarter is preferable. Actually, as often as you possibly can would be best, although that is not feasible for many people.
However often you update it, the key is to be ready to give it to an interested party (recruiter, employer, etc.) at a moment’s notice. The last thing you want to do is to keep an interested party waiting because you have to update your resume.
#2—Update your LinkedIn profile consistently.
What is true about your resume is also true about your LinkedIn profile. In fact, there should be more of an impetus on your part to update your LinkedIn profile is because it’s more easily accessible. People can only view your resume if you give it to them. Your profile, on the other hand, can be seen by just about anybody (although there are security and privacy settings).
The basic rule of thumb is this: when a hiring manager receives a candidate’s resume, the first thing they do is look at the candidate’s LinkedIn profile. What you don’t want them to see are discrepancies between the two. If they see discrepancies or differences, that signifies a “red flag” to them.
#3—Increase your networking efforts.
This applies to both your online networking efforts and your offline efforts. Focusing solely on one while neglecting the other is counter-productive. You can start with your online efforts, particularly LinkedIn, which we’ve already touched upon. If you don’t have a profile yet, then you should absolutely create one and build it up.
However, networking does not begin and end with LinkedIn. You should also try to attend industry events such as trade shows and conferences. Although it may be considered old-fashioned, meeting people face-to-face is still one of the best ways to generate networking momentum.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.