They say practice makes perfect, so why should your career be the exception? In today’s competitive world, you need to go that extra mile to truly differentiate yourself from every other qualified candidate. Though nothing beats good ol’ fashioned networking tips, there are new and innovative ways to focus on your professional development; help you stand out in an ocean of qualified candidates, and promote your career growth. Here are 4 tips to help take your career to the next level.
Become a lifelong learner
Just because you graduated doesn’t mean you stop learning. What are the key trends driving your industry? What new technologies are emerging that could be a game changer? What new ideas or frameworks can you apply to help transform your business? Take advantage of all the professional development stuff your company offers. Sign up for a workshop to build new skills. Be open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Commit to being a lifelong student. Knowledge is power.
Use technology and social media to build your personal brand
Technology is great and you should be using it for your professional development! In regards to social media, don’t let it drive you crazy. You should look and sound like you and the personal brand/ reputation you are building. Whether yours is polished or more informal, chatty or academic, humorous or snarky, it is a way for your personality to come through. People do business with people they know, like and trust so you have to get out there to build your reputation online and off. Having a great reputation online and off, working hard and building a strong network are the best ways to set yourself up for success. Click through to our blog post for more info on building your online personal brand.
Build relationships at every level
Relationships are key, and you may be surprised by which ones are most critical to your career. Don’t narrow your focus just to colleagues at your level. Pursue the relationships that feel authentic to you to expand your resources, knowledge base and support network.
Attitude over aptitude
Temper tantrums, arrogance or cockiness will not serve you in your career. Employers can teach technical skills; they can’t teach attitude. Approach every situation openly, with a willingness to learn, and don’t act as if anything – or anyone – is below you.
Sometimes, you have to move on to move up. No matter how hard you work or how much potential you show, it can be difficult to convince people you’re worth it when they’ve seen you in the same position for a long time. They might also consider you an asset for that particular position and don’t want anyone else doing it. Regardless, if you want to get unstuck from this spot, it’s likely you will have to move elsewhere. Sometimes you’ve got to move on to move up.
Getting to the right next level in your career depends on where you are coming from, so the best plan is always an individualized plan. However, by following the steps above, you have a general strategy that you can customize based on where you are starting from and what you particularly need.
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