Look around yourself. 5 years from now, most people you know will stay right where they’re today. Only a select few will advance their careers in a direction they want. These are the people who really understand how to attract wealth, professional success and prosperity into their lives. They do certain things that most others don’t. Listed below are 10 things you should do to advance your career:
10. Create a Balance:
Life is not all about making money or assuming senior positions in big-confusing companies. It’s about living in a manner that you feel grateful at the end of each day. Work, relationships, family members, recreation – all of these should be given their due importance. Growing as a professional has much to do with how good your personal life is, especially because relationships, recreation and family determine your energy levels, attitude towards work and most importantly, overall outlook towards the life.
9. Have Patience:
Don’t be in a hurry to climb up the career ladder. If you’re working with a small company at the moment, be patient and learn everything you need before you plan to secure a great job. Often, people switch jobs, become unproductive or stop learning when they find themselves undervalued by employers. Always remember – your time will come. Just don’t make any haste.
8. Take Initiatives:
Try and be the first one in your team to take initiatives (don’t compete though). Before your project manager asks you about the work status, make it a point to update him. Do not wait for others to make or execute plans. Take the lead. See the big picture, you’re training yourself for a better position each day.
7. Say ‘No’ when You Have to:
Most people hesitate to disagree with their bosses or even their colleagues. Being a ‘yes man’ all through your career span can sure keep you safe from a possible layoff in future but it certainly won’t help you advance in your career. Yes, teamwork is a recipe for success but disagreements too are productive. If don’t really want to take up an assignment, just say ‘No.’
6. Offer Solutions:
Regardless of who you’re reporting to, try to offer solutions and suggestions to your manager or boss. Don’t overdo it though. If you think you know few ways to refine sales or recruitment process, for example, don’t hesitate to speak to your seniors. Whether they reject or accept your ideas is a different story – what’s important is to get noticed. That said – go prepared to meetings and conferences, ask questions, offer suggestions and try to engage your colleagues in meaningful discussions.
5. Be Loyal to your Employer:
No matter what your current job profile or salary package is, make it a point to exhibit loyalty to your employer each time you get an opportunity to do so. When you’re genuinely interested in aligning yourself to organizational goals, senior management WILL notice it and rest assured, you’d either be rewarded in monetary terms or assigned more important tasks.
4. Get to know People in Your Industry:
Who can help you find a better job when you switch after a year or two? Who can introduce you to some bigwigs in the industry that might consider hiring you? It’s people in your network (including those on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Blogosphere) who can provide that ‘job opening information’ at the right time or better, forward your resume to a senior HR executive.
3. Focus on Selling Personal Service:
Do NOT send across half baked resumes or portfolios to prospective employers irrespective of whether you’re fresh college grad or someone with years of relevant work experience. It pays to spend time and money on preparing flawless documents that help you sell a personal service. Get second opinions, hire a professional copywriter, study resumes of successful people in the field and do not hesitate to spend a week or more on preparing a really good CV and/or portfolio.
2. Learn Everyday:
Vast majority of professionals continue with their day jobs without trying to learn anything new on a daily basis. If you’re a software developer, for example, it’s important that you continue to learn new technologies & frameworks. A florist, on the other hand, may develop a habit of learning about newer floral designs, apps, social media marketing techniques etc. to grow in his profession.
1. Dream Big:
What could you possibly do without having dreams that serve as constant source of inspiration? Career growth path is best defined by dreams. It’s the ‘desire to realize a dream’ that can help you transcend all difficulties & mental barriers to success. If you’re an entry level manager at a company, does it hurt to ‘see’ yourself as project manager (for example) 5 years from now? ‘Big Dreams’ will keep you energized; they’ll keep you positive even when things aren’t going great.