Are You Willing to “Leap”? – Tips for Taking the Next Big Step in Your Career

February 13th, 2015

Are you considering advancing your career, but not sure where to start? Here are a few tips to help prepare for the next big step in your career.

Make time for self-analysis. You won’t know what steps to take until you understand where you want your career to go. If your field does not have a clear career path or if you are considering a lateral move, think about where you see yourself in three, five or ten years.

Identify obstacles. What could prevent you from reaching your career goals? Do you need additional education? Does your company or supervisor encourage career development? Is your career advancement limited by where you are located? Identify what may be standing in your way and make a plan to address each obstacle.

Take it one step at a time. Now that you have identified the obstacles, you may be overwhelmed by what you have to do to reach your goals. Rather than spreading yourself too thin, make a list of what you need to accomplish and tackle one item at a time.

How to get started

Dress the part. Improve your professional appearance to be noticed and promoted. You may have a long path ahead of you, but it’s never too soon to demonstrate that you are ready to be taken seriously. If you have been complacent on the job, this is the time to get out of your rut and rebrand yourself.

Socialize. Spend lunch and breaks talking to superiors or people from departments where you would like to work. Getting to know people, and letting them get to know you can go a long way to advancing your career. Don’t be a phony, though. Talk to people to learn more about what they do and to find out how well you would fit in.

Educate yourself. Learn more about the requirements of the next rung on the career ladder. Find out if you need additional education or certifications and get started on them. Check with your HR department to see if there is a company reimbursement program that you can take advantage of.

Get outside help. Working with a recruiter or career coach can help you to identify areas where you can improve and where you have potential. A good career coach can help you improve your resume and interviewing skills and position you for success.

The experts at Select Group, Inc. can give you the help you need to find your next opportunity or create an actionable long-range career path that will enable you to achieve your dreams. Call us today to get started.

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