Updated: Feb 14
Everybody’s out here making New Year’s Resolutions like losing weight, being more spiritual and saving for retirement. Don’t leave your career out of the mix! If you can secure a pay raise that's the best way to start saving for retirement!
Here are 3 Career Resolutions you might want to consider as we approach 2020
1. BECOME AN EXPERT IN YOUR CURRENT POSITION!
When you’re the expert more opportunities become available. I worked in a position that had zero room for advancement, but when they noticed that I was an expert in my position I was offered the opportunity to train my counterparts in other regions. I was able to add training/facilitation to my resume and they paid for travel and lodging so I got to enjoy myself in other cities!
I took that training and facilitation experience and capitalized on it. I wrote a curriculum for my training, solicited feedback from attendees and supported those who needed additional help after training. I developed another skill and was able to market myself to a better paying higher ranking position. This could be you!
2. CONNECT WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY!
Participating in professional organizations or associations in your industry, both local or national can give you the inside scoop on what’s happening on a larger scale. You can learn what new technology is being created that could help you do your job better. There are always social events where you can meet a possible mentor or just connect with like-minded people. In some cases, your employer will pay for your membership. Just ask!
Meeting people in your industry from other companies also gets you access to knowledge of open positions. If you've created a rapport with your contacts, you can leverage that relationship and turn it into a referral. You are much more likely to land a new position if you are referred!
3. STOP WORKING FOR THE BOSS!
Remember that in order to excel in your career it means you should be focused on gaining the skill and experience you’ll need to get you to the next level. This means you aren’t working for your boss. You are working to be ready for your next opportunity! Try not to get so caught up in who else wins when you do! I’m talking about that bad boss or crappy co-worker who tries to take credit for your work. If you’re doing it right, you won’t be there long! You’ll be on your way to your dream job!
Pro Tip: HIRE A CAREER COACH!
If you’re looking for honest feedback, supportive advice and actionable steps to get you the dream job you deserve, hiring a career coach is a must!
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