Last week we discussed laying a foundation – your attitude, and building block #1 – your network, for consistent career growth. Today we will build on this beginning with a discussion on managing your talent and keeping balance.
Building Block #3 – Your Talent
If you want to grow, if you want to attain success; you need to build on the hard skills, soft skills, and experience that not only fit you but are also in demand.
- Be Trendy – stay in the industry loop. Know what credentials, skills, job titles are trending and in demand. Build on the skills you already have to make them fit. Is there a class you can take or a certification you can earn that will take your present credentials and abilities and mold them to fit what is hot right now?
- Highlight Soft Skills – regardless of your industry or specific job title, HR is always on the lookout for soft skills – those intangible must haves for success. Emotional intelligence, leadership, strong communication skills – you get the picture.
- Learn New Hard Skills – growth and building mean . . . growth and building. Adding to your repertoire stimulates your career.
- Update your Resume and LinkedIn – after all, what’s the point of building, if no one knows you did it. Your resume and your LinkedIn account are your showcases – place your trophies attractively. Take time to learn the best way to present you – even if you’re not looking for a new position.
Building Block # 4 – Your Balance
Life is not all about work. If you leave your other roles in dust, any success at work will eventually become empty and meaningless.
- Develop All Your Roles – whether it’s parent, friend, significant other, etc. These are the people and relationships that matter. They’re the ones who not only depend on you and value time with you; they are also the ones who help you pick up the pieces when life hits a pothole in the road.
- Take Time for Personal Health – your well-being affects your personal and professional growth. Eat a balanced diet, get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and make room in your schedule for consistent exercise. Hint: taking a walk, going to the Y, or participating in sports with a friend or family member is a great way to “kill two birds with one stone.”
- Take care of your Spiritual Side – Everybody needs personal down time to restore your energy for living. For introverts, this might mean time alone for meditating or a hobby they either do by themselves or share with a family member or friend. For extroverts, this might mean a group study or a hobby with multiple others. The key isn’t what you do – it’s making it a priority to do it.
Building a career isn’t a one-time event; it’s a life-long process. Coastal Employment is here to help. We specialize in helping candidates connect with the best position in the best company for career growth and professional satisfaction. Contact us today. We’re the mortar for your career building blocks.