13th January 2012
New Year’s that time of year where we all make promises to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more and when it comes to your career ‘achieve a promotion’ or ‘find a better job’. Yet whilst these are common resolutions, the truth is that many people do not keep these difficult-to-maintain promises.
However if you are out of work this New Year, here are some goals which are not only achievable but will also help you in your career search.
1. Update Your CV: If you haven’t done so in a while, now is a good time to dust it off and do an update. Consider your successes since your last revision and quantify them using the SAR method – Situation, Action, Result.
2. Expand Your Network: When it comes to excelling in one’s career, networking is one of the most important factors. One should continuously work towards expanding their present networks or at least maintaining existing ones in good health, especially those that can act as references. A simple ‘Happy New Year’ can be a start.
3. Communicate Better: If you are planning to interview for a job this year, good communication skills are essential. Focus on answering interview questions concisely. It takes preparation and practice to get your message down to a few short but snappy sentences. Learning to express yourself properly during an interview is vital to career success.Also don’t ignore soft skills such as body language, business etiquettes, etc. When it comes to interviews first impressions do count. Studies have shown that 55% of first impressions are based on appearance and body language and that it can take as many as 21 interactions to clear the effects of a bad impression.
4. Add Skills & Competencies: It’s never too late to add more skills to your repertoire. With a wealth of evening and part-time courses available nationwide there are numerous avenues to gain new skills through.
Having and subsequently adding competencies like interpersonal skills, flexibility, customer services, adaptability, excellent problem solving skills, etc can also help an individual to further enhance their CV.
To discuss career opportunities, pelase contact our speacialist consultants on +65 6597 7000 or email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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