In today’s world, we are surrounded by “somedays.” One of the areas of life we see people using “somedays” the most is in their careers. We are here to tell you – don’t wait for someday to invest in yourself and your career. Here are some ideas of what you can do today to advance your professional development:
Refresh your resume
You should consider your resume a living, breathing object that needs constant care and attention. Take today to add important updates like measurable achievements and an eye-catching layout.
Brush up on your networking skills
Networking can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be all stiff introductions and awkward conversations. Research some networking conversations starters to have handy during your next event!
Join a LinkedIn group
Speaking of networking, LinkedIn groups are a great way to network with thousands of professionals in your industry from the comfort of your own couch. Find groups that are relevant to your ideal role or industry and join the conversation!
Set a goal
Don’t let New Years have all the fun, now is the perfect time to set some new goals. (In fact, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions!)
Browse salaries in your area
When was the last time you compared salaries in your area? Having a complete understanding of the market and your comparative worth gives you a huge leg up during a job search.
Publish an article on LinkedIn Pulse
You don’t have to be a professional blogger or even a writer to publish an article on LinkedIn Pulse. It is an ideal way to share your expertise and insight with your network, and is the perfect accessory to the dynamite personal brand you are building!
Talk to a recruiter (just to find out what’s out there!)
Nobody understands the current job market better than a recruiter. They can provide insight into who’s hiring, what they’re hiring for, and the skills that are necessary to land those coveted positions. Reach out to a recruiter today and just have a conversation, you never know what could come of it!
Volunteering is good for the soul, and today is the perfect opportunity to get out there and make a difference! No matter what cause speaks to you, dedicate a couple of hours today to helping others. (If you’re looking for ideas, we LOVE working our local Arc of Spokane!)
Craft a perfect elevator pitch
Your ‘elevator pitch‘ is arguably the most valuable tool you can have in your personal brand kit. Craft a concise, engaging, and memorable bit about yourself that you can share at networking events, during interviews, or even just in day-to-day conversations.
Take an adventure
Take an improv class, teach yourself how to knit, go skydiving… do whatever it takes to get out of your comfort zone!
Teach yourself a new skill (like how to code!)
Coding, data analysis, and cloud computing are some of the most valuable skills on the market today, no matter what position you are in. There are hundreds of free online courses you can take (starting right now!) that will help amp up your professional development, keep your mind sharp, and make you look more valuable to hiring managers.
Most importantly, use your day to have fun. No matter what you do, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work, money, and day-today tasks. Take this opportunity to look at your life and make improvements that will lead to more fun and happiness. Whether that’s finding a new job, relocating to a different city, or spending more time with your family!