Are you stuck in an entry-level position? Have you been working hard, but still not getting that promotion and accompanying raise? Learn how to move your career forward. Here are 5 steps to get you started.
1. Take a Self-evaluation-
As you complete your daily tasks, make a note of which ones you enjoy the most. What is it about a specific function that you enjoy? What skills does it use? What type of position do you want to have? Will it use these same skills? Is your attitude an asset or a problem? What can you change? Finding ways to make the most of where you are at will help you move on to something better. Excel at what you do now and opportunities will present themselves.
2. Build Your Skills-
Consider ways to build on current skills or learn new ones. Consider participating in classes offered in your community or online to beef up your resume. Volunteer somewhere where you not only use your current skills but also have an opportunity to learn new skills. Read books and articles about your industry.
3. Make a Difference-
Assess the processes in your workplace and specifically your department. Is there something you can do to help it run smoother? Is there a suggestion that you can offer to encourage productivity, safety, higher quality, etc.? Making a difference where you’re at is a big step to earning opportunities to move forward.
4. Get a Mentor-
Find a mentor who works in a field that interests you. Ask their advice on how to move up? Their advice can be invaluable and give you a fresh perspective. Be willing to listen to their input, of course, and at least try their suggestions.
5. Build Relationships-
Build relationships with coworkers, the management team, and other people in your industry. Networking can make a significant difference, but remember – it’s not about you, it’s about the relationship. Take time to get to know them and find ways to help them. What goes around, comes around.
If you’re looking for a new job, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job opportunity that is a good fit for you both professionally and personally that is a good match for your current career skill set and future career goals. Want to learn more career tips and tricks – check our When Work Works blog.