To kick off 2015 on the right foot - and to keep it that way - here are '15 Career Tips for 2015' from our Recruiting Team.
CAREER TIP #1
Don't wait until you're no longer satisfied in your job to begin searching for your next opportunity. Anticipate your job search early.
CAREER TIP #2
With over 77 percent of employers using LinkedIn to recruit talent, make sure you 'Rock Your LinkedIn Profile' by optimizing it with a professional headshot, a unique job or personal title, a compelling summary, and experience that creatively details you experience and value.
CAREER TIP #3
Have a behavior-based interview coming up? Try this to prepare...
- Take notes on your previous relevant, significant experience and what you did in order to achieve your goals
- Review your notes thoroughly
- Bring them with you on interview day
CAREER TIP #4
Examine what you like and dislike within your current job and strive to find opportunities (or a new position) that have more of your "likes".
CAREER TIP #5
Wondering what questions to ask the end of a job interview? Hint: Ask the interviewer a question (or a few!) you couldn't find the answer to on the company website.
CAREER TIP #6
Staying forever curious will take you a long way. Always be ready to learn and adapt to new environments and opportunities around you.
CAREER TIP #7
Strive to be a better listener. Surround yourself with people who have more experience and insight than you, empower them to speak and listen to them carefully.
CAREER TIP #8
The best way to answer a behavior-based interview question? Explain the situation, what actions you took, and the overall outcome. Be specific!
CAREER TIP #9
Don't lose sight of your long term goals, but also make it a habit to set short term (and even daily) goals, too. Celebrate your small successes frequently because they often lead to the big ones.
CAREER TIP #10
Lean into the pushback. Growth only happens outside your comfort zone. Whenever you hear "this might be tough" or "I'm not sure we can do this," that becomes your opportunity to push through, succeed and grow from the experience.
CAREER TIP #11
Ask yourself this question on occasion: How do I deliver future value to my company in ways that cannot be taught or explained?
CAREER TIP #12
Don't hide your failures. Little failures along the way are momentary weaknesses that demonstrate our willingness to take the risks necessary to innovate and renovate. We call it "failing forward."
CAREER TIP #13
Reevaluate your actions and how they're affecting you...every day. Working more, sleeping less, and answering emails while walking does not make you smarter or more successful in the workplace.
CAREER TIP #14
If you want, or need, to learn a new skill, take a look around you to see who's already doing it well. Surround yourself with others who can influence you in ways that will help you grow personally and professionally.
CAREER TIP #15
Try to make the next person's job down the line easier. Always have efficiency, productivity, and simplicity top of mind.