There are many activities and tasks that need to be completed in order to make a change in your professional life such as updating a CV, preparing for interviews and job searching. So regardless of whether you are looking to get a promotion, a new job, change career direction entirely or start a business, don’t let procrastination be the reason for not achieving your career goal.
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” We can all relate to procrastinating at some stage in our lives, where we misuse our time instead of doing something more meaningful and productive. Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something and there are many reasons why we procrastinate. In this article, I want to share some simple tips on how to stop procrastination so you can create the professional life that you always wanted.
Tips to Stop Procrastination to Ensure Career Success
The first step to overcoming Procrastination, is to identify your professional vision and goals. Once you have identified your professional vision and the goals that you would like to achieve, spend some time understanding the reasons WHY you want to achieve these.
Some questions to reflect upon:
- What exactly do you want to achieve in your professional life?
- What is the purpose or benefit of achieving this?
- Make a list of the reasons why you want to achieve your professional goals.
Always keep the end goal in mind and remember WHY you are doing this. A good idea might be to print off the list with the reasons why and have it somewhere visible on a daily basis.
Make a Smart To-Do List
The next step is to create a list of tasks that you need to do to achieve your professional goals. If you are looking for a new job, some tasks might include: updating your CV and applying for jobs. Once you have created the list of tasks, then put the long-term goal at the top of the page (for inspiration), followed by the smaller tasks that you need to complete to achieve that goal.
Here are some pointers to consider:
- Prioritise your list of tasks and identify what tasks needs to be completed first. Make a list of these tasks in order of priority.
- Be realistic with your timelines, some of these tasks might take weeks and even months to complete. Put dates and specific deadlines besides each of these tasks to create urgency and to ensure these tasks gets completed.
- Break these tasks into little manageable steps and identify what task can you start today and this week?
Procrastination is made very easy with the constant distractions that we are living with such as email notifications and mobile apps. In order to ensure your career success you need to help yourself on a daily basis to eliminate distractions and to avoid getting distracted so easily.
Here are some simple daily activities that might help you:
- Try the Pomodoro Technique: Set a timer for 25minutes, and work until the timer goes off. Take a 5-minute break, and repeat.
- Avoid multi-tasking. Focus on one task and once that task is completed move on to the next task.
- Put your mobile phone away and turn off email and other notifications on your computer until the end of the day.
- Make tedious tasks more enjoyable. Do something small that you like while completing your to-do list, like listening to your favourite music.
Stop overcomplicating things
Start working towards your professional goals today and stop overcomplicating things. You have identified the list of tasks that you need to complete in order to achieve your professional goal, so get working on these tasks. Do the best you can and take action now. Don’t fall into the perfectionism trap by thinking that maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons. Ditch these thoughts because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish your career goals.
Celebrate your Successes
Finally, celebrate the small successes that you make along the way. You can do this on a weekly or even a daily basis. Start training your mind to acknowledge everything that you have completed instead of focusing on everything that needs to be done. By doing this you will enjoy the journey of achieving your professional goals a lot more.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you have gained some tips on how to stop procrastinating to ensure career success. Please share this article with anyone who might benefit from it.
Creating a CV that highlights your skills and experience effectively is the first step you need to take when looking for a new job. The purpose of any CV is to get you invited for an interview. If you have submitted your CV to lots of jobs (that you have the experience for), but you have not been invited for interview, your CV is the issue and it needs some work.
Your CV has roughly 12 seconds to make a positive impression. It is important that the layout and content of your CV is easy to read and understand within a short timeframe. In this article, I will outline some simple tips on how to create a CV that makes a positive impact.
Tips to create a CV that makes an impact
Regardless of the amount of experience that you have gained over the past number of years, your CV should be a maximum of 2 pages long. Any CV that is longer than 2 pages will reduce your chances of your CV doing its job i.e. getting you invited for interviews. It is quality over quantity when it comes to CV writing. When you are writing your CV, consider if the information will increase or decrease the chances of your CV doing its job?
There is no need to include a professional photograph on your CV if you are applying for jobs in Ireland. Including a professional photograph does not add value to your CV and it takes up valuable space. However, the requirements are slightly different if you are applying for jobs in a European Country so include a professional photograph on those applications.
Reverse Chronological Order
The content of your CV should be presented in reverse chronological order, starting with the current and most recent work experience and working backwards. Presenting your CV content in this format highlights your career growth and development, it emphasises the most recent jobs that you held and it is easy for the reader to understand if and when there were any career gaps. In relation to the education content, you have a choice to either highlight this information in reverse chronological order or you can highlight the most relevant education for the job you are applying for first. It is a personal preference but both options are accepted.
Relevant to the Job
One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers make when they are applying for jobs is that they submit a generic CV to lots of jobs. This is a recipe for failure. In order to avoid this error, spend time updating your CV for the job that you would like to apply for. This will take time but it is time well spent, as this will increase your chances of being invited for interview. It is much better to apply for less jobs and to spend the time updating your CV for those jobs, than to send a generic CV to lots of jobs.
Grammar and Spelling
Once you have created a CV that is relevant for the job you want to apply for, check your grammar and spelling before you submit your CV for any job application. It is easy to oversee these errors when you are creating a CV, but it will be the first thing the reader will spot immediately. Perhaps even get a family member or friend to double check your CV for these errors.
Once you have been invited for an interview, your CV has done its job. It will then be up to you, to sell your skills and experience effectively during the interview in order to get a job offer.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you have gained some tips on how to create a CV that makes a positive impact. Please share this article with anyone who might benefit from it.
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