Spring Forward in Your Career

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Friday 21st March sees a new season arriving and the country saying goodbye to a cold, wet winter. Although it can be tempting to forget all of the career analysis you’ve been doing on the dreary commute home and replace it with weekends in the sun and spring walks, the upcoming season can be a great time to focus on your career.

The initial rush of January may be over, but this in no way means competition for roles has lessened. The job market is looking increasingly positive – so it’s time to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.

Inspect that CV

Your CV is arguably the most important tool at your disposal during your job search, so give it a spring clean. Check your contact details first as these impact whether a potential employer will be able to get in touch; your e-mail, postal address and telephone number all need to be up to date. Make sure you have included projects from your current or most recent position – we all fall into the trap of neglecting our CV whilst in a role, so don’t forgot to include tangible details!

Supercharge your social media

If your LinkedIn profile is gathering dust in the corner of the Internet it’s not going to leave a lasting impression. Take the time to upload a photo, add your last three professional positions and responsibilities, and include your education background. Join relevant groups and be an active contributor – anything from asking questions to posting news materials will provoke conversations, and you never know who might see them.

Want to be more active on Twitter but not sure where to start? Look at creating yourself a schedule for the week – for example, sending business news on a Monday and taking part in #FF at the end of the week – and build it in to your current to-do list. Chances are, once you start you won’t be able to stop.

Wardrobe refresh

Take advantage of the positive spring feelings and apply them to your professional work wear. Understandably, black becomes the failsafe for many of us during the winter months, so use the new season for inspiration; look for a pop of colour with your accessories such as ties and bags, or invest in coloured shirts. Simply wearing a bright colour can improve your mood and that of the individuals around you.

Analyse your interview techniques

This may be one of the harder tasks as you’ll need someone else to be involved, but it’s worth it – with recruitment trends constantly changing and a new emphasis being placed on competency based interview questions, it pays to be prepared. Ask someone to run through potential questions with you and analyse everything from your body language to your actual answers; having another point of view can be priceless in any situation.

The presence of the sun and lighter morning are sure to have you feeling full of energy and ready to take on newer, bigger challenges. Use the tips above to make sure you’re ready for what’s to come and can spring forward in your career.

By Sellick Partnership

April 16, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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