You have your entire career ahead of you.
There’s a chance that by the end of your 20s you’ll be settled on a career path that will dictate your income and development until your retirement.
Now is the time to find out what you really want to do and set your mind to achieving it so as you can be satisfied with the career path you have chosen.
1. Define your goals
Setting goals on what you want to achieve allows you to stay focused on career success. To do this, write specific actions for what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it. By writing down your goals you are able to examine them more objectively. Include a list of companies you want to work for and a second list of companies that you can work for based on your skills. Do your research, then contact the hiring manager at each company asking if they have any openings, highlighting your relevant experience and skills.
2. Ensure your CV is first class
The job market today is highly competitive and your CV needs to stand out and present you in the best light to firmly grab attention. Make sure you tailor your CV to each company and job for which you are applying. It takes time but it will be worth it. Read our CV Doctor article for more in-depth help on your CV.
3. Improve your LinkedIn profile
Your LinkedIn profile is your online CV and can potentially open the door to major career opportunities. 9 out of 10 recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn, so do not miss out! If you want to improve your LinkedIn profile, take a look at this blog.
Just sending out your CV is not enough, you need to put a face to your name. Whenever possible try to personally meet people. Go to recruitment agencies and meet your recruiter. Make personal contact with the companies you have identified as possible employers. Networking online is also important – join in LinkedIn and Twitter conversations (using the hashtag) and start engaging.
5. Learn a new skill
Never be afraid to ask your employer if they can offer you additional training to broaden your skill set, they may even offer to pay for it. It shows you are eager to grow. Additional learning not only looks great on your CV, it’s vital in today’s competitive market.
6. Take up a new project or hobby
Working on an outside project often demonstrates your abilities away from work and may open up the door for new opportunities or promotion. Are you a budding writer? Start a blog. Do you enjoy playing sport? Consider becoming a coach. You never know where it will lead. Also consider becoming a volunteer, it can serve as an amazing networking opportunity and looks great on your CV.
7. Don’t be afraid to take risks
If you want to get ahead you have to be prepared to make a change. It’s easy to get into a routine of a mediocre job and feeling comfortable within that job. Now is the time to take risks. If you have an idea for a new business or have an urge to move abroad to explore career opportunities, do it now, as the chance may not come up again.
Push yourself and you will achieve your goals.
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