“Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
Does it feel like your career is stagnant? Stuck? Not going anywhere? That’s a tough place to be, here’s the thing –the power for growth and moving forward is more in your hands than you realize!
May we present 9 tips for boosting your career.
1. Keep Learning
Learning something new is always an option at every stage of life or career. Knowledge is power and propels you forward!
- Read. Read. Books about your industry. Books about self-development. Books about money and wealth. There is a world full of information out there just waiting for you to take advantage of it. If you don’t have time to read, try listening to an audiobook! The best part is you can multitask while listening.
- Attend conferences and seminars that promote your goals. Whether it’s about self-development or your industry, take note from the trailblazers that have gone before you.
- Podcasts are super trendy, with good reason. You can listen to great advice and information about anything –at a time convenient for you.
- Watch a TED talk. They’re only 18 minutes long. Plus they cover a wide range of subjects from technology to business.
- Don’t hesitate to take the extra training, earn certifications, or take the online course. Remember, knowledge is power, and having that training under your belt only makes you a more valuable candidate in the future.
2. Stretch Yourself
If you want to strengthen your skill sets, step out of your comfort zone.
- It’s a great way to develop new skills and grow your network.
- Join Toastmasters. Polishing your public speaking skills can open new opportunities.
- Spearhead a community project. Taking the lead stretches you and helps you grow
3. Leverage Your Strengths
Take a self-assessment test, list your passions, or ask someone you trust to help you define your strengths – then leverage them.
- Set professional goals that will utilize your strengths. Talk to your manager about taking on a responsibility that coincides with your strengths.
- Evaluate your resume. Does it spotlight your strengths and draw attention to your best skills?
- Look for growth opportunities to build on your strengths. Again, consider earning a certification that matches your abilities and builds on what you already know.
- Consider both hard and soft skills, build on them and market them as part of your brand.
4. Set Goals
Set career goals. Use the smart system. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
- It’s ok to dream big but break it down into doable steps that fit the smart plan.
- Use smaller goals as stepping stones.
- Don’t limit your goals to career ones. Set goals for your health, finances, relationships, etc., as well –they are a part of you and, therefore, a part of your career.
- Set goals that honor and build on your core values.
5. Say No, So You Can Say YES!
Once you have defined your goals, be unwavering in what you allow into your life. Say no to those things that distract or negate the steps you are trying to make. It can be challenging. You might have to say no to some fabulous stuff but saying no allows you to make room for saying YES to the things that push you towards your goals and dreams.
6. Surround Yourself with the Right Influences
We become like the people we spend time with. Jeff Olsen, the author of The Slight Edge, puts it this way,
“You are the combined average of the five people you associate with most — including the way you walk, talk, act, think, and dress. Your income, your accomplishments, even your values, and philosophy will reflect them.”
Does your inner circle have similar goals, drive for life, and the same positive outlook as you? Do they challenge and sharpen your thinking? Will they push you forward to your next steps, or hold you back?
7. Brush Up on Your Soft Skills
It is always a good time to brush up on your soft skills. These skills enhance by every career. Some top ones include:
- Communication – this includes written, verbal, and being a focused listener.
- Flexibility – able to bend and adapt to changes.
- Critical Thinking – the ability to evaluate a situation, pinpoint the problem, consider the options, and choose the best one.
- Leadership skills –the ability to take people with diverse personalities, work styles, motivations, and meld them into a powerful team.
- Team player – when someone else is leading, being committed, taking responsibility for your tasks, listening to others, and working together.
Hard skills help you get the job done. Soft skills build relationships while you are doing it.
8. Network. Network. Network.
Networking is not just creating a long list of names. It’s connecting with people in your industry, or who enjoy the same interests, and share the same values. Note – we are not saying to avoid diversity. Diversity in relationships and networking makes you a more rounded individual. And remember, networking is about giving, as well as receiving.
It’s all about connections!!
9. Break the Mold
Finally, don’t get stuck in what you have always done and who you’ve always been. Your career is part of your personal story. It doesn’t fit into a cookie-cutter. Growth is not linear; it’s upward and forward.
You can do this! We believe in you! The next steps may be in your hands, but we’re here to help. At Hamilton Connections, we help people grow in their careers — no matter where you fall in the timeline. Contact us today.