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5 Things to do over Easter – and not a chocolate egg in sight!

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Ok, so we all like the odd Easter Egg – but as you get older, the appeal of this particular holiday is less about the confectionery, and more about the four-day break which comes with it, whether you believe in Jesus, the Easter Bunny or neither! Rather than eating your body weight in chocolate and hot cross buns, Careers Coach Julian Smith serves up five, calorie-free alternatives to occupy your time practically this Easter…


  1. Spruce up the CV

Ok – so it’s boring – but when else are you going to have 4 days off in a row? If you don’t find the time now, when will you make the effort? And I’m talking about changing the profile to reflect what you can offer (tangible skills, only, please!). Also, look again at the bullet points and check that they’re impressive and reflective of your skills, rather than simply a lifeless list of duties in a dull job. Then look critically at the whole, and check that it’s no longer than 2 sides; that it looks neat, fresh and modern, and most importantly, that you’ve corrected any typos or grammatical errors…


  1. Look at your LinkedIn Profile

I recently met a job-seeker who told me that she knew all about social media, since she’d had a Facebook account since the age of 14! When quizzed about LinkedIn, however, she admitted that she only had 25-30 contacts – and hardly any profile. More and more frequently, LinkedIn is being used by recruiters, so if you want to be head-hunted, then you’ll need to have a profile, rather than a blank page. Think critically about your profile, and imagine somebody reading your LinkedIn page for the first time. If you’re looking for a new challenge, could a recruiter recognise your worth? Does your profile act as a mini CV, or are there elements you need to change, to make your skills stand out? Also, why not use the Easter holidays to request testimonials…?


  1. Get networking!

Not only is it really useful, but networking is great! If you’ve done it before and found it boring, then you probably weren’t doing it right – or at least, not with the right people! The great thing about no-stress networking is that you go along with an open mind, hoping to meet nice people and have a good time. If you’re one of those people who shy away from ‘awkward’ events, then come along to an ‘I Am Networking’ event instead! Join us on April 30th and we’ll introduce you to a whole new networking experience…


  1. Plan your 10-year Career

Most people – when pressed – can only think one job ahead. Successful (truly successful) people tend to think much more long term. So think where you ideally might like to be in the next decade or so, and then work backwards, until you know exactly the sort of steps you might need to take to make it happen. It’s actually easier than it sounds, if you know what you ultimately want out of life…and if you don’t, come to our workshop on June 3rd!


  1. Commit to learning something new

Forget Christmas, Easter’s a perfect time for a new resolution. There are too many distractions in January, and resolutions are often short-lived, whereas Easter heralds the arrival of spring and the promise of summer, with warmer days and longer nights, and higher energy levels all round. Learning something new is a great way of increasing your skill set, your confidence and even your social group – and it can win you friends or push you to try new things – and you might even discover hidden talents which could creep their way into your career plans…


With a recruitment career spanning 13 years, Julian Smith coaches professionals on their career paths, as well as helping people who by their own definition, find themselves ‘stuck in a rut’. He runs CV workshops and 1-2-1s, as well as working with Life Coach of the Year, Charlotta Hughes, on the popular ‘Find a Job you’ll Love’ workshop. Details of all of the I Am Group’s events can be found here.

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