Study Trends and New Practices
With today’s technology, there are very few industries that aren’t constantly changing. With that in mind, a few months and certainly a few years can make a huge difference. You don’t want to waltz into an interview talking about cassette players when CDs are obviously where it’s at (even though I definitely miss a good mix tape). One way to keep current in your career field is to read journals or websites from your industry and then share those articles on your blog or LinkedIn page (which should also stay current). LinkedIn will make it easy for future employers to see that you’ve continually commented smartly on trends and issues in your wheelhouse.
Another great way to keep current is to follow the social media profiles of companies you’d love to work for (or emulate with your own company). The same holds true for influencers in your industry. Do you want to work in social media? You should be following Adrianna Lupher. Want to work in personal branding? Follow Amy Schofield. Hope to be a journalist? Amy Bushatz is your gal. Personal trainer is your dream job? Befriend Christina Bell Landry. You get the idea.