Even if you’re not actively in the market for a new job, there are some measures still worth taking to ensure you’re ready for the ‘positively unexpected’. Today’s technology has enabled global professional networking and career opportunities that could never have been imagined 20+ years ago.
For example, if you’re signed up to professional social media sites like LinkedIn – and you’re fully utilising them – there’s more chance of you encountering surprise connections and/or communications. So will you be ‘brand ready’ if such networking opportunities arise? If you were asked to urgently submit your resume for the job you’ve been dreaming of, would it be ready and waiting?
Tailor LinkedIn profile to your career aspirations
While you should include up to 20 years of employment history in your LinkedIn profile (e.g. for connection opportunities), it’s even more important that your summary and numerous other categories align with your forward-facing professional plans.
Let potential recruiters and employers know what makes you tick, what you’ve done to date to achieve your career ambitions, and what relevant experience and strengths you have on offer. Fully customising your profile to these employment goals (including keyword optimisation) could create workplace openings that you hadn’t even considered.
Ensure your resume is aligned with LinkedIn
While LinkedIn usage among recruiters and potential employers continues to increase, to find the ideal candidate, many will still request a copy of your resume. Thus, it’s advisable you maintain an up-to-date version of your resume that reconfirms the career aspirations in your corresponding LinkedIn profile.
Many professional resume writers can ensure that all of your career advancement documents are streamlined for potential career opportunities, so consider investing in such a service.
Keep in touch with your referees and other advocates
Anyone who’s recently had their resume professionally revamped would know that referee contact details are generally omitted. However, as you progress along the path towards job success, it’s inevitable that you’re going to be asked to provide references. Just about any employer will want some tangible confirmation that what you’re selling is what you can really provide – even if you’ve been headhunted.
With this in mind, always keep an up-to-date list of your most job-relevant referees handy – in particular, ensuring their contact details are correct. It’s also worth maintaining some form of contact with your referees, firstly so you can monitor any changes in their details, but also so you can give them a heads-up when there could be contact from a recruiter.
These three measures will help ensure you’re equipped for any unexpected but highly anticipated business opportunities. Investing in your professional future via an up-to-date, keyword-optimised, job customised LinkedIn profile and resume is far more likely to work with you than against you, particularly when it comes to career aspirations.