New job in the bag. It’s time to sit back and relax about your future career, right? Stop right there!
You’ve just tried really hard to win this position, weeks or months of writing cover letters, endless email alerts about jobs available in your field of expertise. So, it’s worth preserving all your hard work, isn’t it?
Whether you’re in a stable role or have just landed your dream job. It’s likely that you’ll be job hunting again at some point in the future, so to make it easier for yourself, why not follow these top tips toward making sure your next job change will be a success.
There’s plenty to do and we’ve put together these handy pointers to help…
1. Record your achievements
When it comes to updating your CV, it can be hard to remember all of the tasks and responsibilities you’ve had over the period of your employment. So, our tip is to write them down as you go along. Sounds simple doesn’t it, but we know that it just doesn’t happen, and it is a really easy thing to do. So, grab yourself a notes app on your phone, and keep a list running of all the accomplishments you’ve made and then when it comes to updating your CV, voila, all is to hand, and you can pick and choose from those which represent you best for your next role.
2. See yourself as valuable
Notice what you enjoy doing. Notice how you differ to others. This will help you to define your passions, your uniqueness and your value. Carry this knowledge with you. Write it down, so when you’re next in a situation where you have to talk about yourself, you’ve built up a clear picture and understanding of how valuable you are.
3. Take advantage of workplace training schemes
This sounds like a no brainer, doesn’t it? Check out what your current employer offers in terms of learning and development and jump on board. Broaden your skill base, it’ll do you no harm in your current position and will only extend your appeal to future employers.
If training schemes aren’t on the agenda, think about volunteering to be involved in projects out of your comfort zone, on-job learning and experience like this can be a real bonus boost to your skills, setting you in good stead for future roles.
4. Widen your network
You can do this in a face-to-face way around your workplace and also online by joining a business networking platform such as LinkedIn. Networking is an excellent way to widen your reach, to access opportunities that you may not be able to find on your own. You can gain valuable insight into different fields (important if you’re changing your career track) and can even use it to find out what potential employers are looking for.
5. Build good relationships with your line managers and co-workers
Ok, so we’re stating the absolute obvious here. But it’s an important point to remember. Whether your plan is to stay put or to use this new role as a springboard to future success, you need the people around you to be supportive of you. Supportive in terms of recognition for promotion, for reward and importantly for future references.