At the start of the year, many of us make lists of career goals that we want to accomplish. We usually have every intention of accomplishing them but as the weeks and months pass, life often gets in the way and those goals get pushed off. While this is something that often happens, there are 3 simple things you can do this month to improve your career.
Do you update your LinkedIn and other professional social media profiles regularly? One of the biggest tools you have for your career is your LinkedIn profile. A well maintained and complete profile can have many benefits, including possibly landing you your dream gig. While there are many things to do on a weekly basis to your profile, start out by making sure you have all the basics covered. Make sure that you have a professional looking picture, work on a summary (LinkedIn even has tools to help with this), and that your experience and education are completed. Learn more about updating your LinkedIn here.
Another great way to give your career a boost is through professional development opportunities. Spend a little time researching some that apply to your career path and look into signing up for them. This can be something as small as a weekend class to get you up to date on some new software to as large as continuing your education to the next level. Learn more about investing in your professional development here.
Setting attainable and long term goals is a great way to improve your career this month. Try setting a mixture of ones that are attainable within a month or so, as well as long-term career goals and set a plan for reaching them. This can be anything from landing a specific promotion or gaining a new skill. These will give you something to work towards and a sense of accomplishment once you reach them.
Making a few small changes this month can set you up for career success. How do you plan on improving your career this month?