We would be hard pressed to choose what people are more excited about, the fact that 2021 is here or the fact that 2020 is over. Regardless, we’re facing a New Year with new opportunities and challenges, and that includes for both your professional life and career.
Some of you may be creating New Year’s resolutions for 2021, but we would recommend not doing that for your career. After all, only about 10% of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually see them through. That’s not a very good percentage, especially considering how much your job and career mean to you.
With this mind, we have concrete, actionable steps that you can take to enhance your career. In fact, we have three simple steps to prepare for career growth in 2021:
#1—Update your resume.
Yes, you’re probably heard this before, but do you do it? And if you do, how often? Ideally, you should update your resume once a quarter or every six months. It should also be updated following major achievements or other changes.
How do you know if your resume is really updated? If somebody asks for your resume and you’re able to confidently send it to them immediately, then it’s really updated. If you can’t do that, then it isn’t.
#2—Update your LinkedIn profile.
Keep in mind that your LinkedIn profile does NOT replace your resume. Don’t use your profile instead of your resume. Instead, use them both. Since that’s the case, you should update them at the same time and keep them consistent. In other words, they should mirror one another.
When a hiring manager receives a candidate’s resume, the first thing they do is look at the candidate’s LinkedIn profile. You want them to feel good about seeing both your resume and your LinkedIn profile. You don’t want them to dismiss your candidacy.
#3—Focus on increasing your networking efforts.
Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly hampered people’s networking efforts. Their face-to-face efforts, that is. However, there are still opportunities for you to network online or in a virtual fashion. Many conferences and trade shows have transitioned from in-person to online.
Of course, you can also use LinkedIn. Expand your network and engage with your connections. LinkedIn is all about engagement.
This is not a “be all, end all” list of things to do to prepare for career growth in 2021. However, it is a simple list of steps to put you on the right track in the New Year.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.