Has the beginning of 2017 made you think about changing your job? Or perhaps you’re thinking about re-entering the workplace after a break, and plan to reboot your career? Here are a few top tips and some very practical advice which will help you, including a special offer to get your Linkedin up to scratch.
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In the old days, individually typed CVs on your Dad’s Olivetti and a pile of stamped envelopes had to do the trick. Who knows whether your precious job application ever made it into the right in-tray, let alone in front of the right person! We’ve come a long way, but a CV is just as important, especially if it’s the first impression you’re going to make with a prospective employer. We asked local employment agency Smith & Reed for their top CV tips. Take a look here and if you want more help, there’s further information on their website.
Another way of presenting yourself in 2017 is to go online and sign up to Linkedin. The Daddy of online business networking, Linkedin is the perfect place to start telling the world what you’ve done and what you can do. If you haven’t got a Linkedin profile why not make a start today – it’s free, and not as intimidating as you might think. When you get your feet under the table, you’ll find a whole host of ways of connecting with fellow professionals on the platform.
If you’re struggling, we can help you make the most of Linkedin and, quite frankly, we’ve got a shed load of ideas which should see your profile growing.
Networking can be intimidating and some people would rather visit the dentist or do the ironing, than pitch up in a room full of strangers. But in reality, it’s too important to ignore and doesn’t have to be that scary.
Professional networker, John Harvey, who owns The Samphire Club says “Networking is essentially about relationships and giving not taking. It’s giving freely of your knowledge, contact, and time without expecting anything in return.” One of the big advantages of Cornwall is that the networking scene is friendly and supportive. You’ll find people who are looking for connections, who are willing to share their knowledge with you – so dive in, grab a coffee and have a go.
“Basically, networking is about being nice.” John Harvey
A brand new event has caught my eye and starts next week at The Old Bakery Studios. Not only is it a super cool venue, it also has a couple of great speakers: Elly Owen, the Head Sommelier at Fifteen and the incredibly engaging Ernie Capbert, Co-Founder of Who Buys Your Stuff. more details here.
There’s never a better time than this to take a good look at your image. Which industry are you aiming for? If it’s creative or digital, you’ll be able to relax the rules a bit, but if you’re looking at corporate, then business smart is still the order of the day.
There are some great sales on at the moment, so now’s an opportune moment to scoop up a good investment outfit, like this one from Plum Boutique.
Don’t stop at the clothes, though – take a look at this new post by Illustrated Living, and swing into your new job with a covetable Orla Kiely backpack, a brand new shiny notebook, and a cool coffee cup.
If you’re needing a bit of an update on the local business scene, take a look at the Business Cornwall website. The team, based in the Pool Innovation Centre, have been providing top class business news via their website and magazine for 10 years. If it’s happening in Cornwall, you’ll find it here, including lists of networking events. It’s a great place to do your research and find out who the local movers and shakers are.
Why not think about joining the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce? When I first started freelancing, I thought the Chamber would be full of very important people and not for the likes of me at all. However, I not only have found Cornwall Chamber an extremely welcoming, supportive and friendly bunch, but I’m now helping with PR and comms for Truro Chamber of Commerce.
Hopefully, there are enough ideas here to get you thinking about making 2017 an exciting year. Get in touch if you’d like some introductions or help with your Linkedin OR just let us know how you’re doing and how you’re planning to reboot your career this year.