By: Bailey G.
Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s already August, I swear time flies by so much faster in the summer compared to the rest of the year. Anyways, I’m sure the majority of you are either A) preparing to head back to college, B) still in post-grad job search mode, or C) settling into your first entry-level job nicely. No matter where you are, it’s important to head into the fall with a clean profile, updated resume, and plan of attack for professional success! Check out these 5 Tips for professional success post-summertime season.
1. Resume Refresh
Whether you just started a new job, or you’re still seeking that perfect career opportunity; it’s important to update your resume regularly. After about two months or so, you should have a good idea of the job duties required of you.
When updating your resume, don’t forget the quantifiable results when you’re writing the bullet points to describe your work experience. Remember to start with a strong action verb, then the task, and then the results from that experience that make it worthwhile for a future employee to know. Results can be soft skills gained or approximate quantifiable numbers from that experience.
2. LinkedIn Love
Along with giving your resume a once-over, do the same for your LinkedIn profile. Add a new headshot, connect with new coworkers, or reach out to industry connections (including classmates and professors), that you might have a future purpose for connecting to. For those who graduated from college, don’t forget to update your profile to reflect that!
3. Content Cleanup
While we’re on the topic of social media, make sure that the rest of your social profiles are clean and portraying the best and most authentic you that you can be. Remember, if you don’t want an employer or future employer to see it, make sure your privacy settings are on.
4. Goalie Getter
As we enter a new season and the leaves start falling and the pace picks up; don’t forget to set goals for yourself. Do you have somewhere you want to be by the end of 2019? Is there a specific career goal you have in mind? Or even a personal goal? No matter what it is, try to set a tangible goal that you can work to meet.
5. Mentor Meet up
New season, new opportunities! I try to meet up with all of my mentors at least once every six months. It’s important to make an active effort to connect with the professional role models in your life that can provide guidance and insight as you navigate the first few years of your career. Send out a note to all of your mentors and get a coffee on the calendar!
Ramblers, I hope this was helpful as you start to enter the fall season. And as always, I’m happy to provide a resume review or LinkedIn profile review if you need it. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer!