Actively managing your career doesn’t have to be difficult, time consulting, or even all consuming. Creating a few good habits that you undertake regularly in the career space is actually quite easy if you follow these 4 simple habits.
1. Keep an eye out for opportunities
Sign up for job updates on Seek, LinkedIn, and other sites relevant to your industry. An increasing number of recruiters and potential employers are also using LinkedIn as part of their search for the perfect job candidate, so make sure your profile is current and a good reflection of your skills and work history. Make it a habit to regularly check out what roles are going in your industry and update your LinkedIn profile annually.
2. Always say yes to an interview or ‘connect’ chat
Make a habit of saying yes to job interviews and work contact chats.
Even if you’re in a job you love, if the opportunity to interview or have a coffee with someone new comes along – take it. Its always good to assess where you are versus what is on offer.
3. Keep in touch with your network
Connect with your ex-colleagues on LinkedIn, or follow a former boss, and make sure to have casual check-ins every few months. This way, if you are ready for a change, a query about available positions won’t come entirely out of the blue and make them feel like you’re using them. Make it a habit to keep in touch.
4. Plan your career
Instead of waiting for job opportunities to come along, have a six-month, one-year and five-year plan. If you know you want to be at level X in five years, discuss with your manager about how this can be achieved at your next review. They might suggest specific skills or training that you need to undertake, which will help you map out your goal. Make it a habit to reflect on your progress at a certain time each year.
So there you have it 4 very simple habits you can do on a regular basis to keep your career progressing in the direction that you want it to.