Monday, September 10, 2012

5 More Ways to Grow Your Career

5 More Ways to Grow Your Career

To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.
~Mark Sullivan

Getting a job relevant to your skills and qualifications is a great way to show others what you can do with what you know. Working smart and productive will expand and grow your career. Here are 5 more ways to make progress and grow your career: 

1.      Welcome problems: Problems are golden opportunities for you to show your worth in a company. Be creative and be determined to provide a workable solution when there is a problem. Update your boss and let him or her know that there is a problem and you have a way to overcome it. In an establishment, you are judged by what you can do and not how qualified you are for the job.

2.      Step outside your comfort zone: One wise move is to stretch your comfort zone further by doing things differently. The aim is to improve productivity. Be proactive and take action before it develops into a crisis situation.   

3.      Share your wisdom: Showcase your knowledge and experience by writing articles on your blog. It is a good way to connect and network with like-minded people. It is also an excellent way to attract others to notice you. You will be offered opportunities to take on other challenging posts relevant to your expertise.

4.      Build and sustain your personal qualities: Apart from your technical skills you need soft skills to move ahead and stay ahead. Always start and finish a job. Be an effective communicator verbally and in writing.  Know how to manage your time and get the most important things done in a day. Be punctual for meetings and appointments and keep your promises. Be flexible, adaptive and willing to accept criticism with an open mind. Stay enthusiastic and motivated on the job and be ambitious. Work calmly under pressure.  

5.      Positive mindset: It is said that it is not important what has happened to you, but how you react to it.  Look at the bright side of things; be optimistic and confident in the face of difficulties. Overcoming adversity successfully will be a great boost to your self-esteem.

Are you doing the right things to grow your career? 

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