Do a digital clean-up

Check all of your social media accounts – do they paint a coherent picture of your professional self? Ideally you should use the same photo and bio across each account. Speaking of photos, if yours is more than a couple of years’ old, it’s time for a refresh. Aim for a head and shoulder shot in flattering lighting against a neutral background. Look smart but no need to go for the full-on interview look – you want to seem approachable. Make sure the photo looks like you – there’s nothing more disconcerting if you meet someone for the first time and they look nothing like their photo – it can seem almost dishonest.

Become a Twitter pro

 

If you’re not using Twitter (or only half-heartedly tweeting when you feel like it) then use the summer break to investigate how to use the format properly. Look at the people you would like to work for or influential individuals in your field, follow them and retweet their posts. Engage with what is being said. Make your own comments. Demonstrate your knowledge, without sounding arrogant. You don’t just have to tweet about work – show what a rounded person you are, but just remember who could be watching. Twitter is a powerful tool for getting noticed so use it to your advantage. Use Tweet Chats where you can participate with other like-minded people in real-time.

Have some posts up your sleeve

 

Think ahead to what you want to post on social media come September. Whether it is a quick update to your network on LinkedIn or more in-depth blog posts, it is worth honing your writing skills over the summer (there are plenty of tips online for areas such as headline writing, for example), then check out an industry calendar to see what your network might be interested in. Is there an event or conference coming up that you’d like to recommend? Look at the agenda and highlight what you are looking forward to. It might be appropriate to reach out to the speakers to note your interest.

Boost your CV

 

Use the break to review your CV. You may not actively be seeking a new job, but it’s always worth keeping this key document up to date. This ensures that you are ready to respond quickly to any opportunities that might come your way – regular updates are also easier to manage than having to do a wholesale overhaul of your CV when you’re keen to move on.

Review your job search

 

If you started January with a New Year Resolution to find a new job and are still looking, take the time to appraise your progress so far. This is not an exercise in beating yourself over the head about why you missed out, but sitting down and looking to see if there are any patterns. If you’ve been methodical, you may have a table that lists what you applied for, the outcome and any feedback. Take time to review it and see where some of the problems might lie. Look into training courses or mentorship that might help you get to where you want to be.

Make yourself available

 

In today’s 24/7 business age, there’s no longer such a thing as a complete August ‘shut down’. In fact, at Totum, we often find August is as busy as ever as firms seek to ramp up their teams for September. Check in with your recruiter and let them know that you are still available for interviews. You may even have an advantage: while other potential candidates are sunning themselves on the beach you may have less competition!

 

 

 

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