Career resilience – how to build yours
Managing your career in uncertain times!
Career resilience – the job market is much more volatile than it used to be and job security seems to be an outdated concept. I hope that you are one of the lucky ones, very happy in your present role and committed to doing well in a good job. If you are very lucky, you work in an organization that has real opportunities to advance your career. But, if not, here are some steps you can take to shore yourself up against uncertainty.
How to build career resilience
- Keep your career portfolio up-to-date! Even when you are happy in a good long-term and, apparently, secure job, always keep your resume, application materials, and potential references and their contact information up-to-date.
- Invest in your own training! Make sure you access any training and development opportunities available though your work. But don’t be afraid to invest yourself in training to keep your skills up to date. Take advantage of free online courses on sites like eDX and Coursera
- Extend and maintain your professional network. Join and become actively involved in online social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. But do it in a professional and career related way. You never know when you might be approached about an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.
- Keep your professional association memberships up-to-date and take part in association events. They will help to keep you up to date with developments in your field, as well as getting you noticed and helping you to make new contacts.
- Get actively involved in community and civic events, consider volunteering and join leisure groups, particularly those that take you out into the open air. Not only will it help to you to stay healthy and bring balance to your life, it may also open up possibilities.
- Eat lunch with a friend! Try to eat lunch with a friend or meet up at least once a week. Make sure you offer support when they need it. Should the worst happen, their support to you may prove invaluable.
The actions above will help to make your life richer but they will also give you a personal safety net for your career.
Other resources to help you maintain career resilience
In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.
A concise and practical little work book. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.
Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues.