For any reason, a time can come along when you decide to take the next step in your tech career, whether that means upskilling, moving up the ladder or changing employer.
However, life in the tech and IT sectors can feel extremely busy sometimes, and it's not always easy to find the time to seize new opportunities without compromising your performance. Maintaining pride in your performance is important, so how can you balance consistent excellence with a hunt for new jobs or skills?
1. The Five Hour rule
New Zealanders spend an hour commuting every day – so why not use this time strategically?
Whether you plan to find a new job or simply further your career by upskilling, the Five Hour Rule can help you find the time to make the necessary things happen. This simple concept is supposedly followed by the likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett. By dedicating an hour a day, five days a week to furthering your development you can make more effective use of your time. The reason this rule is so effective is that working harder and longer is never the same as working smarter. So, by time-boxing your career development you're ensuring efficient use of your most valuable resource.
This hour each day can be spent applying to new jobs or engaging in online training courses. On average, New Zealanders spend just under an hour commuting every day1 – so if you're stuck on a bus or train, why not use this time strategically?
2. Optimise your LinkedIn presence to further your NZ tech career
There are two ways spending time on social media can help you further your New Zealand tech career.
Firstly, by forming connections with other professionals online, you're building a network of contacts who advertise your skills through one of the most powerful marketing means available: word-of-mouth.
Secondly, ensuring your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date, has the appropriate privacy settings and is reflective of your vast skill set, you can draw the eye of recruiters. This kind of passive job hunt takes very little active work from you, as recruiters will find your profile, present suitable jobs for your skills and assist you in the application process.
3. Work directly with an NZ tech and IT recruiter
Maybe you're not interested in waiting for a recruiter to get in touch, however. Approaching specialist recruiters grants you ongoing career support, taking away much of the pressure of job hunting and opening your world up to countless opportunities as soon as they become available. A recruiter who really understands your skill set and career goals will be a trusted agent for positive change in your life.
There are so many ways to make the most of limited time. Move your career forward with help from recruiters who really care. Reach out to 920 Career Agents today to discuss your tech or IT career.
1Transport Outlook Overview 2016, Ministry of Transport