I’ve been talking with a close friend of mine recently and it got me thinking about people’s struggle with advancing their careers. It’s something that I have dealt with (and continue to deal with) throughout my life. So what do we do?
We all want to advance our career, but it means nothing if you don’t have an actual plan in place to make it happen. Additionally, you’ll need to define what exactly career success means to you.
So today, I am going to walk you through the 5 tips that I have written on my desk to remind me of what it takes to advance a career:
1 – Stay Organized
You need to make sure your work life is as organized as possible. Organization comes with positive consistency, especially if organization is not your strongest asset. If you are organized, you won’t have to deal with literal and figurative clutter on your path forward.
2 – Learn Every Day
I try to learn something new every single day. Sometimes it’s a new skill or it’s taking time to read up on a subject that I wasn’t familiar with before. The internet is quite vast and educational. Take 5 minutes each day and learn something new as you never know when that knowledge could come into play for you.
3 – Focus On The Results
A lot of us are built with the “time worked equals value created” mindset, and that’s not only toxic, but it’s also exhausting and unhealthy. Keep the same work ethic but work smarter, not harder.
4 – Build & Nurture Your Network
Don’t get in the habit of only reaching out to people when you need something from them. Take the time to continue reaching out to your network as often as you can. Maybe it’s something as simple as forwarding them articles, or wishing them a happy birthday, or commenting on their social media posts. Stay genuine and use this time to your advantage as it may come in hand at some point down the line.
5 – Conflict Resolution is Your Friend
Conflicts will arise no matter where you are in life and it’s important that you know how to handle yourself when it happens. Conflict resolution has the ability to define who you really are under pressure. This build character and trust, and most importantly, it demonstrates to others your poise.
You have what it takes to advance your career. Now you need to capitalize on that knowledge. Make it happen and don’t hold back.