Struggling to advance your career? Here are ten tips to help you achieve your most challenging career objectives.
Career development isn’t as straightforward as it used to be. The modern workplace is littered with barriers to advancement and unless you have a strategy, it can be difficult to accomplish vocational objectives.
To help frustrated professionals become more effective in achieving their personal career goals, Dr. Cassi Fields, author of 10 Best Ways to Gain Employment & Advance Your Career, offers these ten tips.
- Know Your Target Position. It’s important to identify the title and location of the next job in your career progression. If you’re planning a career transition, familiarize yourself with career paths in your new field.
- Get Educated About Your Target Job. For most professionals, the next step is to learn everything you can about your next job through job postings, Google searches, professional/online networking and other strategies.
- Acquire Necessary Skills. After you have identified you next career step, it’s likely that you will need to acquire necessary skills through internships, coursework and possibly even on-the-job training in your current position.
- Broaden Your Knowledge Base. Expand your base of knowledge about your target job through self-directed learning, reading and talking with leaders or coworkers you respect.
- Hone Your Personality. It’s possible that your next position will require you to beef up your public speaking chops, team-building capabilities or other personality-driven skills. If necessary, seek assistance from coaches, instructors and others.
- Understand the Culture Around Your Target Job. Likewise, it’s important to understand the culture that surrounds your target job. Typically, the best way to accomplish this is by communicating with current employees in the department, division or company where you want to work.
- Create a Network. It’s never too early to develop a professional network around your target job. Begin to create your network through career fairs, online networking opportunities, conferences and company events.
- Tailor Your Resume to Your Target Job. Research the job requirements for your target position and tailor your resume accordingly, making sure to connect your experience and skills to the types of tasks the job requires.
- Identify the Selection Process. As much as possible, research the application process early and identify the hiring manager or decision-maker who will be responsible for filling the position.
- Land the Position. As you prepare to apply and interview for the position, thoroughly research the company, the department and the position, preparing a list of questions and discussion items you can use during the interview process.