Keep up your maintenance

We all know the encouragements from the medical world to make sure you get regular check ups.

You go to your doctor at least once a year, probably the dentist twice a year, maybe some specialist for your eyes, ears or nose or other parts of the body, so you keep your body in good shape. You work out regularly and you try to eat healthy.

Even your pet probably gets taken to the vet a few times a year for shots or a check over and the car dealer sees your car every 3,000 miles.

Great! So how is it with your mental capabilities? Do you get regular updates on your knowledge about new stuff that is coming or changed philosophies and methods? You expect your doctor to get his regular updates in medical science, you know that some licences require a number of hours of continuing education per year, CPAs, teachers, HR folks with shrm accreditation etc. but how is that for you?

If there are no hard requirement do you actually make sure you update your knowledge on a regular basis. Can you afford not to do this? When things change, like you need to look for the next position, you will be glad you did. Also attending classes and conferences is a great way to meet others in a similar situation to either learn from each other or be re-assured that you are not alone with your issues at work.

Look at your resume, can you show a continuous path of learning and keeping your skills and knowledge up to date? What is the last book you read? Was it work related?

There are sites that claim to help you with keeping up to date, Get Abstract, Soundview or  What’s Best Next, and your consultants usually send updates on the newest information available.

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