If you have finished your summer travel you should be taking advantage of this season to boost your resume content.
Whether you are planning a transition to a new field or a move in your existing company, the downtime of summer offers the
opportunity to build skills, learn new ones, or expand your repertoire of abilities for the next job.
Let your hobby teach you something. If you take time during the summer to head to the lake, garden, or another
hobby, identify what skills you can get from the activity. Can you build your planning, organization or communication abilities
while having fun?
- Technology is your friend. Between summer workshops and classes at the One Stop
Centers, there are multiple places to update your technological skills. Look ahead to the next job you want to have and figure
out what technical gaps you have to fill to get it.
- Helping someone can help you too. Taking time
to volunteer at a local organization will not only show your next boss that you care about others, but also allow you to increase
your own skills. Volunteer activities can also open up opportunities to learn new skills that could launch you into your next
Anyone in the job search process should consider if they are maximizing the use of social media in the process.
Sites that are tailored to your industry, networking sites, and informational sites can all be valuable in providing helpful
tips and guidance on potential positions in companies. Facebook®® is a good source for some basic
information on the current ‘hot topics' a company is focused on and viewing the company's page before an interview can
assist in giving you insight into what is important for their organization currently. If you aren't maximizing LinkedIn®®
as a resource, here are some things to put on your to do list:
- Update your profile information
to be current with volunteer work or paid work experience you are doing.
- Request recommendations from previous supervisors
and colleagues that can attest to the skills you need to make the transition - communication, organization, technical skills
- whatever is most relevant to the industry or company you are pursuing.
- Check out the new ‘jobs' function
on the system - look on the right hand side to find positions that the search engine has found to match your past experience.
- Follow and join groups that are aligned with your transition, either by company name or by industry.
preparation for an interview, search for the company, department, and interviewer to formulate meaningful questions to ask
at the end of the phone or face-to-face interview.
Some companies may make a mid-year review a formal process, while in others the employee needs to request this type
of discussion. Summer is a great time to carve out time with your manager to determine your current year's progress
and establish a go forward plan for the balance of the year. Employees who prepare for these meetings will have positive
outcomes and also feel empowered to work on professional development.
Understand what your objectives
are... The first step in having meaningful performance discussions with you manager is to clearly outline
your objectives. These may be corporate goals, department goals, project specific goals, or independent goals.
It's important that you not only know what you will be measured on, but how each criteria is weighted in evaluating your performance
Document, document, document... As the employee, you are responsible
for consistently documenting your activities throughout the year. This includes not only your successes, but also the
obstacles that you have encountered and how you dealt with them and overcame them. Don't rely on your manager to have
kept track of everything you have done - their responsibilities are broader than noting your actions.
open to critique and adaptation... When you are mentally preparing for these discussions, anticipate what
feedback you may receive from your manager. Be ready to take constructive input and make changes in your actions and
behaviors. Avoid appearing defensive by taking notes on the feedback and acknowledging that you are willing to continuously
learn. Bring your own recommendations on the areas that you want to develop in as well - cross-departmental training,
external soft skills training, mentoring new employees, etc. Planning ahead to share how you want to continue to professionally
develop will show your manager that you are committed to the performance discussion process.
For more information
about how to manage various areas of your career development, check out this book: https://www.amazon.com/deserve-raise-think-convince-boss-ebook/dp/B079RWXMZ6/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1530730085&sr=8-8&keywords=stacie+garlieb