Once upon a time, a career was the job you started at eighteen and retired from with a pension, but in today’s job market, careers can take many paths, and it’s vital to make sure your contacts are tuned up, your resume is firing on all cylinders and you’ve considered all the alternate routes to ensure you’re on the right road to success.
While we know that unexpected bumps in the road and breakdowns can happen, Mashable has eight great career maintenance tips from Keystone Associates’ Jayne Mattson to point you in the right direction.
1. Resume and LinkedIn Profile Maintenance
Write down your accomplishments from the past year. This will help you identify your market worth. Keeping track of these accomplishments will help you in review and bonus time. You probably already know this, but always keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date. This will keep you visible in the job market with recruiters or hiring managers.
2. Set up Lunchtime Conversations With Influencers
Connect with the shakers and movers within your organization to develop mutual relationships; if a special project or a higher position opens up, they will be more likely to think of you. Your internal company network is important to your career success. Create a list of people within the organization whom you know personally and professionally and ask to have lunch or a phone or Skype conversation for career advice, information sharing, or just to get to know them better. Remember, it is not what you know, but who you know, that will help you get ahead.
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