In today’s world the most important thing is about preserving and helping your career. About keeping your job. About developing new skills to be multi functional in case you are laid off. To tell you the truth I actually started this blog as a hobby and a way of testing my writing skills, also in the back of mind was an alternative source of income (which of course I am yet to find out). But honestly it’s not a good time to be in now a days, working for anyone has its own risks and rewards and with all this recession talk you never know what can happen next to you. Here are a few pointers I found on the net…
- Network – I bet you have been hearing this a lot recently, with all those social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, Linkedin etc. Its not difficult to start networking, you just have to get around doing it.Networking is a very wide term and doesn’t necessarily have to be through the Internet only, you can maybe just pick up the phone and say Hi, to all those important people that you have known through out your career and are now just a phone number in your phone book.
- Work On your Language skills and writing skills, especially if you are planning on relocating or or not working in your hometown. The Language helps you communicate better and the writing skills help you to grow within the organization and also can open up a whole new horizon for you.
- Polish your resume – Get professional help, available through all major job portals like Naukri and Monster for writing your resume if you think you are not getting the attention from the companies which you think could be interested in your skills.
- Make a list of all the things that you did to help the company you work for. This can help you during your appraisal sessions and also can be useful to present to the HR in case you think you can move to some other more important department within the organisation. It can also help you when you are going for an interview for a new job, many prospective companies like to hear your contribution to your present employer is.
- Spend time reading – Reading about new skills, reading about your own line of work, reading about current affairs and anything that you think could be useful to strike a conversation with an unfamiliar person or just help you understand your job better or maybe find ways to do your job better. A well-informed person is always appreciated.
So go on be careful about what you do, and save your career from becoming redundant.