3 Effective Career Management Strategies for Leaders

Juggling life, family, and a career can be quite the challenge at times. If you throw in the need to keep your executive resume updated coupled with the pursuit of an advanced degree or industry certification during the later stages of your career, things can become even more interesting.

With so many competing demands on your plate, prioritizing and exercising your right to decline a new commitment, or “just say no” as it is appropriate, it is a powerful stress reliever and an effective way to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Below I have expounded on a few practical tips on how to effectively manage your leadership career and avoid burnout.

Take Care of You

Carve out time to invest in regular activities that enable you to focus on being your best for your family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.  Depending on your interests and schedule availability, this may range from engaging in a weekly exercise program to planning and maintaining a healthy diet or simply taking in a walk during your lunch break to clear your mind and get refocused.

Arranging your day so you get a restful night’s sleep can go a long way in ensuring that you’re properly recuperated and recharged both physically and mentally.  Taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s just smart self-management in order to be fully present for those that matter most in your life.

Keep Your Executive Resume Updated

In today’s highly competitive job market, knowing how to write a modern executive resume that is visually engaging and conveys your brand with a compelling story can possibly seal the deal in landing a coveted leadership role.  Take some time once or twice a year to review your CEO resume and add any new engagements you have spearheaded—maybe the size of your team and scope of your role has expanded; it’s often best to include this information while it is fresh on your mind. It also adds value during your annual review process by placing in context how your contributions have benefited your organization.

Network throughout Your Career

Regardless of whether you are an active or passive job seeker, one of the most beneficial activities you can engage in is networking within your professional community throughout the life of your career. Considering how you may evolve as a leader during your career, change jobs, or possibly experience a downsizing, if you have nurtured and maintained relationships with your network, you can certainly position yourself to potentially increase your job prospects fairly quickly, particularly if you have an updated LinkedIn profile.

These are a few practical reminders that engaging in activities that strengthen your mental agility and keep you focused and refreshed can greatly improve your overall health, well-being, and effectiveness as a CEO or senior leader.

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