New Year. New You. New Career…

As 2018 has come to an end.

It is now time to ask yourself “what did I achieve?”

If the answer is “not much…”

Then the next question you should ask is “what opportunities are out there for me???”

With the new year upon us…

NOW, is the perfect time to start thinking about your next career move.

Do these thoughts cross your mind?

  • “I’m bored of my job…but hey…it pays the bills”
  • “I’m stressed and I get no support from management…”

If getting into a new exciting role is your biggest goal for 2019, then make sure you have a well-thought-out strategy.

Create a Job-Wishlist and Jobs-to-Avoid List

Before anything else, write down what you are doing currently or previously that you don’t want. This will help you clearly see what is making you unhappy.

Then start with what YOU want.

Write down a list of positions that are close to your skills and knowledge and start thinking of key contacts in your networks.

Whether it’s a friend who has networks in HR or a former colleague or a company you’ve had your eye on for ages.

A nifty trick is to follow thought leaders in your industry to stay updated with the changes and new trends in your profession.

You might even see jobs posted or shared by them!

Reading blogs of prospective employers to understand what top skills and traits they want in the employees can provide you with some great insights on where you can upskill.

Invest in Yourself

When it comes to budgeting, we tend to limit our ways of thinking based on the money in our bank account.

Which can lead to missing out on opportunities.

For you to grow, you need to invest in yourself. Make sure you have a strategy plan and seek professional help to avoid wasting time, effort and that emotional rollercoaster of getting rejected…

By investing in guidance and mentors, you’re saving time and reduce or even avoid rejection from the jobs you really want!!!

Mentors that have interviewed, recruited and placed people in the past will give you deep insights on what employers really want.

Take Action

Everyone wants a great job that they love and pays well.

But thinking about it is only a goal.

And a goal without steps to take, is a dream.

You can dream to have that body that you’ve always wanted.

But does it mean it’ll come true? Of course not.

Set out achievable tasks that you can commit to each week.

Put down your goals on paper and timeframes to keep yourself accountable. Also record the efforts you’ve made, the answers that could have been better, the companies you’ve reached out to.

This will help you visualise the process and understand what has been working well and what hasn’t.

The New Year has already begun and the feeling of “I should’ve or could’ve done better” is something that most people feel.

It is a sign that you have outgrown your job and ready for that next exciting career chapter.

So, stop procrastinating and start exploring new opportunities.

 

Until next time,

Thai Ngo

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