While it is wise to get a checkup annually from your doctor, it can be equally important to do the same for your career. Doing so can lead to being a healthier, more joyful worker in your current job or a new one. Have you had your career checkup? Here are four more healthy action steps for your 2018 career checkup:
5. Seek out the needed training, development and education for your new career goals.
Education can be formal or informal, depending on what your goals are. Spend some time researching the different options that will help you in changing jobs and/or excelling in your current career area. Here is a great resources article for finding the cheapest and easiest ways to learn anything.
Associations can be a part of your training and development. By googling the name of the career area that you are pursuing followed by the work "association" you should be able to find some of the best associations connected with that career field. Once you find an association, schedule to go to your first event.
6. Update your "big six" marketing materials.
The "big six" marketing tools will help you connect with employers, get interviews and ultimately receive job offers and promotions. These "big six" marketing tools will prepare you to conduct an effective job search and/or market yourself to your clients and customers. The "big six" marketing tools are:
7. Invest time in updating your online brand.
Ninety percent of employers will Google your name. What will they find? Does your LinkedIn profile, Facebook and any other online presence represent you well? Take action to polish you're your online presence to present your best professional self.
8. Evaluate your challenge and support.
Challenge within your work life needs to be balanced by support for you to have growth in your career. Too much challenge and not enough support and you will probably be stressed and anxious. Low amounts of challenge with lots of support and you will probably be bored. Do you need to add more support or challenge or both?
Your network can be one of your best support tools if you take time to nurture it. This can be as simple as sending a colleague and article that they may find helpful or asking a friend to go out for coffee. Do this with the mindset of not what is in it for you but rather what you can do for someone else. Zig Ziglar was known for saying, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."
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