Jobkeeper and Jobseeker will end soon and economically we have a long way to go. For many professionals the impact is massive. Redundancy, or the threat of being stood down, is no exception. Being resilient during this time and bouncing back are essential. Let’s focus on the things you can do for your next step. Below are our top five tips on how to position yourself well to do this:
1. What – What – What?
Three essential questions to answer:
What do I want? Perhaps you already have a clear picture or maybe now is the time to reconsider. What opportunities are available? There may be very limited opportunities right now, but just like the GFC of 2007– 08, they will become available in time. What do I offer? Let’s focus on this question in the next four tips.
2. Prepare your professional offer.
Your professional offer contains qualifications, training, experiences in job roles and voluntary work. Do not underrate yourself – list all of your experiences, jobs, roles and projects. Include everything within those roles – all results (are they measurable?), achievements, prizes and awards.
3. Apply different professional lenses.
Business professionals obtain their experiences in a variety of circumstances within a variety of roles. Professional lenses could include such things as: content, managerial or an account management approach. For example, a Senior Development Engineer working with a client performs project management tasks, account management tasks and also designs the outcome. An Account Manager analyses client’s requirements, closes the deal, guides the project to a successful implementation, and can describe experiences in at least three different ways. So put your lenses on and prepare your resume from various perspectives!
4. Fill in gaps with micro-courses and qualifications by recognition.
You will find gaps between your wishes, your offer and the opportunities. There’s no other way about it. So why not have a go at micro-courses in the area of your interests. Or more importantly, check if your current qualifications are in sync with your experiences. If not, apply for a recognition process in which your experiences are recognised into an accredited qualification. And some important advice: always check that the qualification is officially accredited!
5. Present your profile.
… and maybe even various profiles. Adjust or write your resume: a short one, a long one, a resume per lens. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. Some LinkedIn advisors suggest updating your profile at least monthly to attract more visitors. Proofreading is well advised: do not simply rely on spell-check or yourself alone to do this! Ask loved ones or some trusted friends, maybe even a stranger.
As one of our clients stated last week: “Everything is possible, as long as you put the work in”. At MacArthur Institute we believe, and we know that that’s the case. Stay positive, stay healthy and focus on what you can do!