With market improvement and the rapid increase in middle to senior appointments, 2014 is really stacking up to be the year for career progression and personal development. In my experience, the people who are the most successful and satisfied in their careers are those who have proactively determined what they want from work.
Before any move is considered, you should identify what makes you tick! What really motivates you?
Once you know this, identify both your personal and career goals. Mapping out a timeline path that will allow you to accomplish your goals is the best way to achieve everything you want in life.
Nowadays, it’s up to you to take control of your professional future and make sure that you are progressing wisely. If you have taken all the necessary steps to establish whether your current role is fulfilling or not, the next step for you may be to seek a new opportunity.
With this in mind, we thought it was worth providing some advice and steps to becoming more attractive to the market and prospective employers:
Sharpen your interpersonal skills. The main issue with feedback from unsuccessful interviews comes down to poor communication skills, demonstrating lack of personality and ambition. Be friendly, outgoing, and personable. Listen carefully to people, and practice being a clear and effective communicator.
Brush up on your interview techniques and research your prospective employer thoroughly including the culture and vision of the business. Make sure you and the company have similar visions and ethics or it won’t be a successful outcome.
Become more present in the industry. Use professional social networking tools such as LinkedIn to raise your profile. Comment on industry news and have an opinion. Attend networking events and discuss hot topics in the industry as and when they arise.
Be market aware. Keep up to date with industry and legislative changes. Knowledge is king after all, and gives you the ability to make better informed decisions.
Be innovative. Never be afraid to think laterally. Stay on the lookout for creative solutions to problems that will make you stand out and when asked for ideas, have some.
Sell yourself. Learn the fine art of self-promotion. Your achievements show you have drive and passion. If you’ve had any major accomplishments, make sure people know about them.