Understand Your Role And Expectations
You may feel as though you are doing a fantastic job, but if your expectations differ from those of your manager or boss, there is going to be conflict. Have a good understanding of what is expected of you. If you feel that the expectations are unrealistic, then you need to approach your boss and explain the situation. One of the most important aspects of maintaining a professional image is being a good team player and contributing fairly to the team objectives. No one likes a colleague who does not do their fair share of the work.
1. Your Resume – Your Personal Brand
Make sure your resume is up-to-date—across the board. That is to say your written resume should match your online profile on LinkedIn, Twitter, and so on. Look at it as your personal brand. If you’re developing a whole new career, edit the old information and accentuate the new information.
2. Your Contacts – Your Social Side
Chances are you know someone who can give you the inside scoop on a job or someone who might work in the field you’re trying to get into. Send a friendly email, call them on the phone, reconnect, and let them know you’d appreciate some career tips or a recommendation—whatever is appropriate. Don’t forget the thank-you afterwards.
3. Research – Your Intellectual Side
If you’ve decided this is your chance to do what you love, find people you’d like to emulate, follow their blogs and learn what they do and with whom—clients, trade associations, vendors. Everyone has different tidbits to share about their industry and you could easily learn what you need to do to get started with just a little research.
If you’re looking for a new employer, research the companies you apply to. Don’t just find out what they pay; research their culture and their history. You might find an interesting fact to mention in your interview that will definitely put you at the top of their list of candidates.
4. Appearance – Your Comfortable, Confident Side
Even though it’s basic business know-how, it warrants a mention—look your best. Wear something classic, comfortable and appropriate to your next meeting or interview. If you wear shoes that are too tight or a jacket you can’t button, you’re going to be distracted from the reason you’re there in the first place. You’ll want to make a good first impression. Being unkempt or uncomfortable will make you stand out, but not in a good way. A few days before your next appointment, decide what you’re going to wear. This will reduce your stress level and help you to focus on the task at hand—getting that job!
5. Patience and Tenacity – Your Resilient Side
Transitioning into a new job or a whole new career not only takes guts, it takes patience. It means not giving up if you’re not instantly transported into a new career overnight. You’re not just reinventing yourself, you’re building the foundation for your future and that can take time and persistence. Take the not-so-great job to pay the bills if you need to, and devote the rest of your waking hours to realizing your passion and keeping your goals in sight.