When you get to a certain point in your career, you often begin to feel a certain level of comfort. With that comfort, career management often falls to the wayside.
However, this may prove to be a costly mistake. What happens if your position is unexpectedly downsized? What if you find down the road that your current job is no longer a good fit and it becomes necessary to make a career change?
There may be a number of reasons that cause you to look for a new job; however, if you are not ready for a job search, your chances of landing a new job may be delayed.
How to Consistently Manage Your Career:
Keep Your Resume Up to Date
Your resume presents the first impression of your career, your performance, and who you are as a professional. Therefore, it is an important document to keep up today. Keep your resume updated with your STAR stories to ensure they are recent and demonstrate your effectiveness in your position.
Networking within your industry and region is always important. Even if you are not looking for a job, maintaining your network and helping others will benefit you when you are in the position of looking for a new job or a change in your career.
Link in on LinkedIn
Be sure you update your LinkedIn profile. As an executive, your LinkedIn profile will help as you begin a job search and to remain in touch with your network as part of your ongoing career management strategy. Many companies use LinkedIn to search and vet potential employees, both those on an active job hunt and passive candidates. Therefore, by consistent activity on your LinkedIn profile, those who view your profile have a clear picture of your professional expertise, current training and education, and skills. Amp it up by adding current recommendations to your profile.
Build Your Personal Brand
Your personal brand communicates your values, experience, and expertise to potential employers. Therefore, by keeping your professional documents and social media updated, it helps build a clear, consistent image of the value you will bring to a company when the time comes. By continuously building your professional social media profiles, resume, and personal brand, you save yourself a ton of wasted time and energy should you find yourself ever unexpectedly at the beginning of a job search. Thus, you can painlessly ease into the next phase of your career faster than your competition.