For this week’s Link Roundup, we’ve compiled the best lists we could find, that will help you improve your career. Most of the links from this week include a list that may break down steps to follow, or ideas. They’re easy to read, and you can quickly put them into action. Whether you’re currently employed, or looking for a new job, you will find something helpful here.
When it comes to your career, the most important document will always be your resume. It’s your sales pitch, and your best shot at finding any new opportunities. It encapsulates your work, and positions you in your next role. If you’re going to look to positively change your career, it usually requires updating your resume. This fantastic article from Business Insider does a great job of visualizing and explaining a few crucial changes you should make to your resume.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, you should. It’s one of the most valuable resources to any professional, and it can lead to many opportunities. One of the features of a LinkedIn profile is listing your skills, and having your network endorse you for them. The idea behind this system is that those within your network can attest to your abilities, and your best skills rise to the top. Unfortunately not everyone is smart with how they use it, and they wind up overloading their profile with skills. This article will help you balance it with just the right amount.
The Harvard Business Review always deliver articles that go beyond surface level conversation, and they’re usually backed up with data. This article is no different, and it explores what kind of balance employees truly strive for in their profession. The balance of the three things mentioned in the title is explored in data, broken down by age, location, and more. It’s a great glimpse into what motivates people, and reading the article should help you reflect on what you want out of a job.
Whether this advice is useful to you or not will largely depend on your relationship with your boss. However, if you have a boss who is understanding and wants the best for their employees, this might be a smart move for you. Being open and honest with your employer, and laying our your expectations would ideally make it easier for them to manage you. It would certainly benefit both parties if there was a mutual understanding. However, whether or not it is a good idea will ultimately depend on your manager.
Job interviews are tricky. They require a lot of preparation beforehand, and a lot of things need to go right during the interview for it to be considered a success. However, there a few habits and approaches you can learn that will increase your likelihood of acing the interview. It may take sometime to get well versed in these tactics, but once you are, your odds of having a successful interview ill increase substantially!
Buzzwords and cliches are nice because they’re convenient and easy to remember. Ironically, the second word on the list of words you shouldn’t use is ‘unique’. Using any of the mentioned words will keep your profile from standing on it’s own, and make it sound like every other LinkedIn profile. You want to personalize it and tell your story as a professional. Doing this with the same words as everyone else will make you a disappear into the pack, instead of standing out.
Although this article doesn’t fall in line with the theme of this week, it’s always nice to read about good news. The number of people in the US claiming unemployment has dropped significantly in most states. Apparently companies are having trouble finding qualified workers, which has lead to fewer layoffs, and more hiring. This is great news for employees, but not great news for companies. Now more than ever, the power is in the hands of the candidates.
Confidence plays a big role in any career. Confidence in a job interview will help you land a job, and confidence at work will help you keep one, and find success. However, actually gaining confidence isn’t always an easy task. Thankfully, this article from Glassdoor has some great advice on how you can find that confidence. Even if you’re not a naturally confident person, this advice should help!
That’s it for this week’s lists! There is always room for self improvement in your career, and it’s important to make sure you dedicate time to your own growth. It’s not always easy to set aside time, so sometimes looking at a quick bulleted list of steps and tips can be incredibly helpful. We hope you found some value in the lists, and continue to grow as a professional.