Taking the next step in your career can be difficult. You may be unsure of how to proceed or what to do to increase your odds of success. Fortunately, you can take steps now to move your career forward and reach your goals faster.
Five Ways You Can Work to Advance Your Career Now
Express Your Interest in Advancement
Talk with your manager about what it takes to reach the next level in the organization. For instance, ask for a list of the necessary skills and qualifications for a promotion. Then, see which ones you have and which you need. Next, write down ways you can fill in the gaps. This may include completing an online course, taking on stretch assignments, or job shadowing. As you take action, be sure to provide your manager with regular updates about your progress.
Request Additional Responsibility
Express your desire to take on more work duties. This may include leading a new project, handling tasks for a colleague, or having your manager delegate more work to you. Going above and beyond the call of duty shows you are reliable, trustworthy, and proactive. You are willing to come in early, stay late, and be held accountable. These are traits that managers look for when deciding who should be promoted.
Find a Mentor
Find a seasoned professional who is willing to mentor you. They can share knowledge, advice, and resources to move up in the organization. A mentor also can provide insight into their own methods for career growth and provide contacts and guidance for you to do the same. Plus, they can offer the motivation, support, and modeling necessary to succeed.
Continue to add connections to your network. You might do so through participation in webinars, conferences, or LinkedIn Groups. The individuals you meet may know of a job opening of interest to you. They also could introduce you to a hiring manager or another professional who can help with your career development. Or, you could benefit from an informational interview with someone who has a type of higher-level job you might enjoy.
One of the best ways to move up is by moving on. This is especially true if you have been in the same position for years and do not see any possibility to advance. It can be challenging to convince leadership you should move up if you have been stagnant for so long.
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