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12 Tips to Give Your Career a Spring Makeover

Posted by CMO March 25, 2014 0 Comment

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Do you feel the warm delight of a fresh new spring in the air? Let this season of renewal and change herald a fresh beginning for your career too! Here are some tips you can immediately adopt to invigorate, refresh and put some new impetus in your career.

Tip #1: Improve your work-life balance

Four in 10 professionals surveyed by say they do not have a good work-life balance. Check out these six recommendations that will help you get a more satisfactory work-life balance.

Tip #2: Be a lifelong learner

Seven in 10 professionals say the habit of reading is ‘extremely important’ for career success. Check out these interesting facts that will convince you to enjoy a lifetime of continued learning.

Tip #3: Learn to manage your manager

A good manager-employee relationship is among the top factors affecting professional retention in corporations. Let your relationship with your boss be a winning one; anticipate your managers needs and preferences before they do and try to make yourself truly indispensable!

Tip #4: Perfect your communication skills

A set of good communication skills in both English and Arabic has consistently ranked #1 in terms of employer skills preferences in’s MENA Job Index Surveys. If you’re not fully confident of your written or speaking skills then take an online or physical course and invest in your personal development.

Tip #5: Create a winning online professional brand

92% of polled professionals affirm that a good online personal brand can help you get more interviews and grow your career! Invest today in making your online presence a truly professional one that reflects your complete set of skills and expertise by creating a complete and current Public Profile and an engaging presence on Specialties.

Tip #6: Get referred, recommended and endorsed

Thanks to the all-new you can now get all the recognition and professional accolades and rankings you deserve. Getting endorsed is just one of the top 10 tips from this super-useful Infographic that will help your profile soar to the top on employer search results.

Tip #7: Network regularly and expand your professional group

35% of professionals polled by found their last job via their network of family and friends. Reach out to your network and make it known that you are actively searching for a new opportunity. The idea is not to ask everyone for a job outright, but to ask if you can be directed to friendly resources that can help you further your job hunt and your career. Online networking through platforms such as Specialties and People are a great way to expand your professional circles while building a professional brand and getting recognized and endorsed in the most directly relevant circles.

Tip #8: Exercise regularly and eat healthy

82% of professionals polled by indicate they exercise and 68% of polled professionals maintain they eat healthy. As you know your health is your truest wealth, so don’t ignore it and don’t underestimate the effects of physical and mental health on your stamina, productivity and long-term career success! Check out these easy-to-apply health tips from

Tip #9: Hire people who are even better than you are

Hire people who will lift and inspire you. As lifelong learners we need to be ready to learn from everyone every day and that includes our peers and subordinates. Check out this excellent advice on hiring very qualified talent.

Tip #10: Be humble, respectful and professional

Your character counts, and goes a long way in determining your reputation and long-term success. Remember, in the long run you can only succeed if you can win the buy-in, respect and support of others so treat everyone fairly and as you would like to be treated; always. Check out these 20 amazing tips for sustainable career success.

Tip #11: Be generous with your knowledge and skills

The best use of knowledge is when it is shared with those who can benefit from it. And the best place to share your knowledge is on Specialties platform where you will find thousands of specific skill-based forums to select from and where you can get instant recognition and rankings and endorsements for your skills and insights and know-how.

Tip #12: Set SMART objectives

The surest way to not be able to steer the course of your career is to NOT have a SMART game plan. Ask yourself:

Do you know what you want to achieve in your career for 2014? – Be Specific

How are you going to measure your career success? – Let it be Measurable

Are you aiming too high? – Let them be Achievable

Will you be able to achieve them in your current situation? – Be Realistic

By when do you plan to achieve your career milestones? – Be Timely

If you haven’t yet set your Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely objectives for 2014 then now is the time!

Follow this blog series to help you start your journey to a brand new career today!

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