Always ready for a new challenge

5 tips to always be ready for a new challenge

Even if you are satisfied in your current job, it is important to keep your CV up to date and to keep developing yourself. Because a new challenge can come your way, even if you are not actively looking for it.

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5 tips to be always ready for a new challenge

1. Regularty update your CV and online profiles

Add your latest achievements and successes and update the skills listed on your CV and online professional profiles regularly. This ensures you are putting your best foot forward.

Ask for endorsements and testimonials from former employees and colleagues to add to your online profile. Make sure your CV and online profile match – any inconsistencies send up a red flag.

2. Upskill

Look towards the future. Read relevant blogs and research, attend webinars and join industry networks so you are aware of, and can prepare, for changes within your industry. Then you can update your skills accordingly.

Continuous professional development doesn’t necessarily mean a formal course though. Why not look for ways to add to your skills and experience in your current role? Volunteer to work on projects, look for a mentor or ask for stretch opportunities. Make sure your (digital) skills continue to move forward.

3. Network

Join an industry association and relevant LinkedIn groups. Contribute a post or share a blog online, and volunteer for any opportunity to get further involved in your industry association.

Don’t expect opportunities to come to you straight away though – networking is about building up relationships and getting yourself known in your industry.

4. Are your skills in demand?

The job market is active and the number of available highly-skilled candidates is falling. With both permanent and temporary vacancies on offer, highly skilled and experienced professionals are sought across many industries and sectors.

Are your skills in demand? It pays to be aware of demand and recruitment trends for your role.

5. Update your USP

How old is your unique selling point (USP)? Your USP positions you in the candidate market based on your personal strengths, skills, experience and value. It spells out why an employer should select you above all other candidates. Update it as required to ensure it communicates the unique value you can bring to an organisation. If you don’t have one, it’s time to identify your USP.

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