Improving your career can feel like a long and slow journey. And sometimes it is; it can often take many years to achieve the salary and position that you want.
However, there are a few things you can do to improve your career today. We’re not promising overnight success, but these tips will definitely set you on the path to victory…
Building relationships is key to everyday and future workplace success, and the great news is that you can start to do this today! Reach out to colleagues and associates via email, phone and LinkedIn to build better connections within your industry. You never know, talking to the right person at the right time could give you valuable insider information about a new position opening up, or a bit of news that could benefit your company.
2. Set goals
Many people have a career ‘end goal’ that they want to achieve, such as obtaining a certain salary or moving into senior management, but it’s difficult to achieve this without meeting some smaller milestones along the way. Maybe you need to achieve a certain qualification? Or undertake some training? Start today by writing down the steps you need to take to meet these, and set yourself a series of practical and attainable goals with clear deadlines.
3. Spread the word
In a crowded marketplace, having an online presence can really make you stand out. So get started today! Create a Twitter account and start re-tweeting professional leaders, interacting with colleagues and sharing relevant articles; you’re sure to attract followers and fellow professionals.
Blogging has also never been so popular, or so easy. Creating a career-focused blog can attract hundreds, or even thousands, of people from your industry straight to you. Make sure you create professional, opinionated blog posts and update it regularly!
4. Explore your industry
It’s a common mistake to think that just because you work within an industry that you’re at the cutting-edge of your field. However, in today’s increasingly busy business environments, there might be recent developments that have passed you by. What are you waiting for? Take a look at recent journals, newspaper articles and interviews with industry leaders to make sure there’s nothing you’re missing. Maybe you’ll find some information that will help you impress your management and start that next step up the career ladder.
5. Get a mentor
A mentor will help you to steer your career in the right direction, provide advice on your goals and much more. They will be able to give valuable guidance and help you to achieve success, while challenging you to keep pushing yourself to achieve more. Not sure who could be your mentor? If there’s someone in your workplace or industry that you admire and feel that you could learn from, they sound like an ideal candidate!
6. Get organised
Organisation is a very underrated skill; an organised employee is able to manage their time better, take on those extra projects, plan ahead to foresee potential problems and so much more. There are lots of ways to do this too; you could make lists of your immediate tasks, create process documents to ensure that procedures are followed, keep your workspace clutter-free and so much more.
7. Get educated
Achieving an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification is a great way to show employers that you’re dedicated and determined to succeed in your field, and ready to move into senior management. The subject-specific and transferable skills that you’ll develop are applicable in almost any workplace, right from the start of your studies. And it’s great news if you’re planning on studying online and part-time too, as this means that you can fit your education around your family and work commitments.
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