Got a few tips for you today!
Each day that passes I’m quickly adjusting to the fact that my life is going to take a monumental shift when this wee lil unicorn graces us with her presence. It’s been an interesting pattern of growth for me as an individual and I have learned so much about myself both personally and professionally.
I’m quickly figuring, even more, things about myself and where I see my life in the next 3, 5, and even 10 years. With these changes, I’ve started to make key mental notes that any millennial can utilize.
Tips for Developing Personally
Tip 1 Recognize your strengths and weaknesses
You know how in every professional interview they always seem to ask you about your strengths and weaknesses? Well, these play out in your personal life more than you can ever imagine. By being able to identify my strengths and weaknesses, I’ve been able to really hone in on the skills and hobbies that best suit me. Making decisions in your life are easy when you have a clear understanding of what will work for you.
Tip 2 Make time for your friends
Quality over quantity when it comes to friends. I value the individuals that I have in my life who understand me. Which is why I think it is so important to make an effort to surround yourself with these individuals at every chance. From brunch, impromptu coffee dates, or just hanging around at the house together, make the time to just be present. It means everything to have value and cherish the time you have with your friends.
Tip 3 Take opportunities to enjoy your life
With our little girl on the way, this is a priority in my life. Take each and every opportunity to enjoy and live your life to the fullest. Do something you never would dream of doing. Take a risk that you would not normal try. Don’t second guess yourself! Put yourself out there in a way that you experience something that blows your mind. A failure is never an option if you are having fun, so be spontaneous. We often get so caught up in trying to play it safe in all that we experience, when you really just need to just go for it.
Tips for Developing Professionally
Tip 4 Use LinkedIn responsibly
LinkedIn is not Facebook. Please do not treat it as such. It’s embarrassing reading stories about individuals who misuse such a powerful networking tool. Be cognizant of the individuals you request and make sure that you can connect in some manner with them. Keep your profile updated and professional, because you never know who is looking. Honestly, my LinkedIn profile has garnered great job prospects at times when I’m not even searching. How? I engage with others, keep my profile current, and always log in at least once or twice a week to read some of the powerhouses I follow on the platform.
Tip 5 Keep your resume updated
While you’re keeping your LinkedIn all tidy and up to date, make sure your resume is the same. With the capabilities to upload documents to LinkedIn and the prospects that may come from it, it’s critical to always be a step ahead of the game. You don’t necessarily need to be looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity to come your way. It would be a shame to have your dream job fall into your lap and then have to spend hours racking your brain accommodating your resume. Always be a step ahead by being prepared! As new skills develop, notate them on your resume. Quick tip, I keep a running Google Document of my resume that I can easily add quick notes to. When I visit the document every month to make updates, all the information and skills I’ve acquired are notated on the side to add.
Oh and stop sending Word documents, make your resume a handy PDF.
Tip 6 Never settle for less
A tip I can really remind myself to utilize more and more every day. Never settle for less. Professionally, I have allowed myself to really settle in and become comfortable in positions that don’t value my worth and what I have to offer. When I look at why I allow myself to get so comfortable, it dawns on me that image that I’m allowing to dictate my life. Being around professionals who have built careers for 10 to 20 years has been a constant. Even with this constant, I have taken note that I am a restless soul. We need new challenges and at times that requires you to take a leap of faith.
Six tips. Six tips for any millennial to branch out both personally and professionally! How do you plan your personal and professional development? Leave your tips in the comments.