Advancing in your career has never been so easy. Long gone are the days where to get new qualifications you would need to physically attend college or a training provider, or spend hours upon hours hand filling out job application forms and resumes.
No, now, with the internet at our fingertips, it is so very easy to take steps to move forward in your career, much like Jordan Goldenberg.
Career Advancement: How Being Online Can Help
Here, we look at how being online can help you to take leaps and advance in your career.
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Think about how you use social media
When you apply for a new job, the first thing bosses will do after perusing your resume is search the internet for information about you. As a result, you must keep your social media pages up to date while also maintaining a professional presence.
Anything you do not want employers to see, such as a personal Facebook page, should always be set to private. Those photos of you pole dancing with a jug of Pina Colada might be funny to you and your friends, but a potential new boss might think differently!
You can, however, use platforms such as LinkedIn to ensure that you are presenting a more business-like side of yourself. Make sure your most recent employment information is up to date, including a brief bio about yourself and your interests, and that it is easily accessible to anyone looking for you.
Go online and do a course
One of the best ways to advance your career is to expand your knowledge or skill in a particular area. In some cases, you may discover that training and development are required to ensure your feasibility as a prospective employee.
Not only that, but taking a course off your own back shows that you are willing to put your time and effort into learning and developing, and that is always an attractive attribute for employers.
Connect with people who make the decisions
You should try to speak with those at the top of the hierarchy in your chosen field. They are the ones who are always trying new things, who have clout with other companies in that industry, and who will be able to help you climb the corporate ladder.
You have heard of the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ – well, this is exactly it. Build relationships online with these influencers and see how they can help you.
Reach out to potential employers
Last, but certainly not least, you should consider contacting potential employers. Many people believe that employers do not want to hear from potential candidates if they do not already have an ad for a position on the market, but this is not true.
First and foremost, you should be mindful that they may have an ad that you are unaware of.
More pertinently, you may be the ideal candidate for a position that they do not even know that they have yet, You must create opportunities rather than waiting for them to come to you.