1. Think Pyramid in Tandem with Ladder
Traditionally, career advancement has always been sold as a never-ending upwards trend. However, in today’s world is it is important to also consider making horizontal moves. Constantly re-evaluate where you are and where you want to be in a future career, sometimes a side-step can be even more fulfilling than a straight climb. For example, just because you have a Master’s in Marine Biology does not mean you were meant to study trout reproduction; maybe your GIS skills will be better utilized in a telecommunication field.
2. Stand Out from the Crowd
US Department of Education reports more people graduating college than ever before. Do not be just another degree holder, invest in extracurricular activities and, in interviews, highlight outside passions, like environmental campaign efforts.
3. Play the Game
Human Recourse idolizes their organizational format. Research wanted companies, fill in applications well before deadlines, and prepare how to answer interview questions correctly and relatable to the company’s ideal candidate.
4. Getting an Internship
Nobody likes either working for nothing, or working for the barest of living stipends. However, internships are a great way to prove your knowledge and ability to work within a professional setting. Many companies will hire interns before outside applicants when positions open in-house.
5. Sharpen Your People Skills
Even if your job involves zero human contact on most days, people skills are necessary. Fellow humans are the ones who will rate your progress, hire you, promote you, and give you the good recommendations necessary for career advancement. The old adage, ‘it is easier to catch flies with honey than vinegar’, remains applicable in today’s professional world. Be personable, friendly, and outgoing. Listen to people and become an effective communicator.
6. Network, then Expand your Network
Often it can be who you know, not what you know that opens doors. The more people aware of who you are and what your strengths and abilities are, the greater chance you will have of hearing about upcoming opportunities and becoming personally recommended for new openings.
7. Find a Mentor Within the Industry
While everyone walks a different career path, it can be helpful and informative to talk with someone who is a position you aspire to have. Mentors can be a great first hand source of career and professional guidance.
8. Impact, Not Output
In work, educational, and extracurricular pursuits it is important to not simply finish tasks and meet deadlines, but to also focus on delivering quality work that shows concrete improvement, such as increased sales or more efficient processes.
9. Build a Reputation
A good reputation. Be known throughout your network as a cooperative, dependable people-person who gets thing done. Attend conferences and offer to deliver speeches, or write articles and build a following that can vouch for your achievements.
10. Sell Yourself
Every other step is dependent upon this one. You must learn how to talk yourself up, in a modest, but honest way. Be comfortable with your accomplishments and successes, and understand your failures. Let it be known where you want to go in your career; advertise to those in influential positions why you are a person ready to be advanced professionally.
Originally posted 2012-12-01 13:19:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter