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January is often a time for self-reflection and over the next few weeks, many of us will be thinking about what we have achieved in 2020 and our ambitions for the year ahead.
If you are currently looking for a new role, first things first: try not to panic! In this blog we give our advice on searching for a new role and how you can stand out from the crowd in 2021.
Even if a new job is not at the top of your list, it is important to keep your CV and LinkedIn profile up-to-date. Look at your current skills and update your accomplishments. I would advise you to do this when achievements are fresh in your mind rather than attempting to add in a couple of years of experience all at once in preparation for making a career move further down the line.
It is particularly important to make sure that your LinkedIn credentials are up-to-date. As many as 94 percent of recruiters use the platform for recruiting and more and more employers are recruiting passive candidates, so you never know who will be looking at your profile!
Building upon your current attributes is a valuable way to improve your career. This will help you to feel more personally fulfilled, but it will also boost your professional value. It is also important to note that many employers will recognise employees who are motivated to learn new things and progress within their company.
A few examples could be:
Remember – once you enter the jobs market, this would also give you more to talk about at interview.
No matter how bad a day you are having, it is important to keep your energy and positivity up at work. Having a positive mind-set, offering solutions and showing enthusiasm in your work can go a long way in your role and ultimately lead to producing a better standard of work.
It is also important to look after yourself to stay positive. Exercise, get plenty of sleep and do what you love outside of working hours. This will help improve your mood, feel refreshed and mentally prepared for your job.
Most legal vacancies are filled through networking and people you know so if you are in the legal sector, expanding your network is essential. Even if you are not planning on changing roles, it is important to build and maintain a solid professional network for your career.
How can you do this? There are several ways including:
More than likely, you will already be aware of the developments taking place in the legal industry. However, if this isn’t the case I would strongly advise you make it one of your aims to keep on top of the latest trends and developments in the sector. This will help boost your industry knowledge and employers will always recognise this, as you are demonstrating commitment in your career.
I would advise looking on news sites such as The Law Society Gazette, or even subscribing to legal newsletters to stay on top of the latest news and updates.
Taking time out to focus on your professional development is essential to maintain success. The steps above are worth considering for those at any stage within their career – it will certainly pay off in the long run!