- On January 5, 2020
2020 has started! Whether you are looking for a job or not, here are three easy things you can do in two minutes or less for your career:
- Check your voicemail settings. Make sure it’s set up, has an appropriate outgoing greeting, and is not full so people can leave you a message. I often run into all three of these issues with candidates. The first is a problem when I’m trying to set a time-sensitive meeting, get a question answered for a prospective employer, convey an offer, etc., and I can’t even leave a message. The second, an inappropriate outgoing message, shows lack of judgment (what if it’s a future manager trying to get hold of you?), and no outgoing message at all makes me nervous that I’m leaving a message for the right person. Finally, when I get the message the mailbox is full, I wonder if the person is professional, competent, and organized. I also wonder what happens when his or her clients get this message.
- Update your personal email address. Use a professional personal email address, and attach a non-embarrassing picture, or at least delete that party shot. I often think candidates have forgotten what picture they selected for their Gmail account that’s now showing up in my feed next to their name.
- Refresh your LinkedIn profile. Don’t just list your schools and employers. At a minimum, include your practice area. Even better is to include some metrics like big deals closed, numbers supporting scaling a business, or new products launched, etc. New awards and speaking engagements are also great. These simple facts give a more complete picture of your skills and competencies and make you stand out.
And the non-easy thing for your career? Be kind to everyone. As you get more senior, your reputation will precede you. The best advocate for getting a job is someone who knows you, and everyone remembers kindness coupled with competency.