CAD Manager's Newsletter (#409)11 Jul, 2018 By: Cadalyst Staff
Your CAD Management Career Wake-Up Call, Part 2
You've made an important decision — to keep your current position, or move on to greener pastures — but what comes next?
In the previous edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I addressed job dissatisfaction and provided some steps you could follow to determine whether leaving your job might be the right decision. Hopefully you had a chance to go through the exercises; if not, take some time to do so now, so you'll know whether you're ready to move on or not.
In this edition, we'll focus on preparing for a job search, or — if you're happy with your current position — analyzing your own strengths and weaknesses. These steps are presented chronologically, so take care to tackle them in the order presented. Here goes.
Polish Your Image
If you're moving on to greener pastures, or even just considering a possible move, there are a few things you absolutely must do before you send out your first resume:
Clean up social media accounts. Don't delete them entirely, but remove anything that you wouldn't want a human resources department seeing. For example, those pictures of you coaching your kid's soccer team should stay, but any profanity-laden political rants must go. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, the point is the same.
Update LinkedIn. LinkedIn is where the action is, professionally speaking, so make sure you're putting your best career foot forward with complete, up-to-date information.
Check profiles on any professional membership sites. Whether it be a user group profile, a volunteer association website, or even a hobby site you visit, make sure your information is current on these sites as well. And if you're no longer active on these sites, delete them and clear your digital desk of clutter.
The bottom line is that when you begin a job search, you're inviting people to check out your background and experience, and these days that includes your online presence as well. If you haven't looked for a job in the past five years or so, I can't stress enough how much things have changed with respect to your digital footprint.
Assess Your Skills
So, what is it you do well? What are your weaknesses? How would you describe yourself to someone interviewing you? You know you'll face these sorts of questions in a job search, but even if you're not looking at the moment, it pays to know where your strengths and weaknesses lie. So, get out a notepad and write down a plain-language summary of your skills. Here is a quick assessment I've done on myself that you can use to get your juices flowing. Read more »
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