15 Aug Boost Your Career Resilience
In times of uncertainty, it’s important to do what you can to build your own career resilience which will enable you to respond to change effectively and with confidence. Here’s five things you can do right now to help boost your career resilience:
Upskill & Diversify
Ensure your skills are up to date at all times and diversify your skills wherever possible. In times of uncertainty and downsizing, employers are seeking versatile, multi-talented team members who can adapt to changing circumstances. There are many ways in which you can increase your knowledge and skills from taking an online course through to attending a workshop or webinar through to being coached or mentored.
Even if you are not looking for work right now, it is good practice to update your CV every 6-12 months. Aside from keeping your CV up to date, regularly reviewing your CV can also help you identify areas for development. Be sure to include any achievements you have made in the past 6-12 months in terms of improved efficiencies, revenue boosting, outstanding performance etc. A CV that includes achievement statements demonstrates your competencies, can highlight your suitability for a role and can also be used to negotiate higher duties or a pay rise in your current role.
Know Your USPs
It’s vital that you have a deep understanding of your own unique selling points (USPs). Being aware of and being able to effectively communicate your USPs is the key to standing out from other candidates. In a competitive job market employers don’t have time to tease this information out of you. They expect you’ll know your strengths and weaknesses and be able to talk about them with confidence.
Build Your Network
Building your network is something you need to be working on at all times so it’s there when you need it. There are online platforms such as LinkedIn as well as a range of networking events organised by interest groups and professional associations which can help you develop your network. If you lack networking skills try watching an online tutorial, reading a relevant how to guide or just get out there and observe and learn from those who do it well.
Understand the value you bring to an employer in terms of your qualifications, skills and experience. Employers these days want to see that you are committed to managing your own career development. With the rise of contract employment and reduction in staff development spend it’s up to you to get behind the wheel of your career. This means taking stock of your career at regular intervals and taking any action necessary to keep up to speed in terms of industry changes and developments.
What action will you take today to boost your career resilience?
Lisa LaRue, MCareerDev, BSocSc(Couns&HumServ), DipCareerGuid, RCDP, MCDI, MAC is a Registered Career Coach and Career Development Consultant at CareerWorx with more than 18 years’ experience helping people plan and manage their careers.