Keep current with the industry that you are currently in by subscribing to journals, listservs, become a member of job related associations, join an industry specific board or volunteer on committees, read a blog, take in a webinar ......
If you are considering a change in industry, keep abreast of changes in that industry and learn new skills so that you are knowledgeable if a new opportunity presents itself before it actually becomes available.
Keep in touch regularly with former colleagues, supervisors, professors and references. Don’t wait until you need them to make contact.
Have routine meetings with those that directly report to you, whether it is to check on their progress towards meeting business and professional objectives; to inquire if they have questions and as well to inform them of what is happening at your business overall, i.e., be proactive rather than reactive in sharing business decisions and challenges with your employees. Trust that employees can handle both the good and bad experiences that the business is having especially when it is shared directly rather than through the rumor mill, or worse, read in the local newspaper.
Set personal and professional goals for yourself and work daily towards achieving those goals.
Find a mentor(s) and be open to learning all that you can from them: both what has worked successfully for them and what has not.
Be open to social media outlets and learn how to maximize usage for building your own credibility and that of your business.
Volunteer in your community! This allows you to learn news skills, increase your networking opportunities and best of all to do something good where you live and work.
And, lastly, ‘Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had’ author unknown