There’s a big difference between a job and a career. A job is short-term, with no real vision of where it’s taking you. A career, on the other hand, is “a pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement”, meaning that the focus is on what you can learn from each position and how it will lay out a path for your future.
A career is more fulfilling than a job. You begin to focus on the experience that you’re gaining, the skillset you’re developing and the connections you’re forming. Not only does this lead to higher job satisfaction, but it also gives you a competitive edge in the job market.
If you’re ready to make 2021 the year for progression, here are the top four tips for building your career:
If you’ve set career goal before you’ll know the power they can have to motivate you. If you haven’t, you’ve been missing out! That said, for goals to inspire you they must be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
Most people will admit that they’ve set a goal before and abandoned it shortly after. But did you know that you’re 42% more likely to stick to your goals
if they’re written down? Keep yourself on track by pinning yours up in a place where you’ll see them each day. It’s that simple.
Consider changing industries
Not only did 2020 reshape our daily lives, but it also forced every industry to stop and reassess their business objectives. While it’s been a challenge for all, some industries – particularly those who are delivering an essential service - are thriving. The focus when changing industries should be on the skills that are your greatest assets.
Write down your skills and highlight those that are transferrable. Your list might end up looking something like this:
- Customer service
- Decision making
Lastly, when it comes to the interview, remember to highlight how your previous experience is relevant to the job and be honest about why you want to change industries. You never know, you might end up on a career path that it much more suited to you.
Upgrade your online presence
2020 was the year that remote working truly took off, with around one-quarter of the UK population
working exclusively from home. New social distancing measures meant that recruiters and hiring managers could no longer engage with candidates in person, so they shifted all their attention to the digital space. While LinkedIn was used as a networking tool by many before the days of Covid-19, 2021 marks the year where having an online presence became more important than ever.
When creating your online presence, most people first turn to LinkedIn. The platform lets you write a short bio and this is the perfect place to promote yourself, so sing your own praises. List your experience and skills, but also make sure to inject a bit of personality and include your interests. If you’re using other channels like Twitter, job boards, or are applying directly through the employer’s careers site, make sure your messaging is consistent.
Take a break from the job search
When looking for a new job, it can be easy to channel all your energy into the search. This is not only unproductive but it’s also bad for your mental health
. Don’t think about it as a race to the finish line but try to enjoy the process of searching for companies, exploring new industries and engaging with hiring managers.
In order to learn from the process, give yourself time and set some boundaries. Setting aside one day where you pause the search might help you come back the day after with more vigour and determination. Or, try making a commitment to stay active
to yourself the rest you deserve.
Build your career with Plumbing and Heating
Career development should be at the top of your agenda every year, so 2021 should be no different. Now you know what the top five tips are for building your career, it’s time to put them into action.
At P&H, we strongly believe in helping our colleagues progress, professionally and personally. That’s why we have created an online learning platform to support their development and training. Learn more about career development
at P&H and if you’re ready to take control of your career, browse our latest driver & branch sales assistant jobs
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