5 tips To Help You Progress In Your Career
Congrats! You got the gig! Now what? Now, it’s time to show the organization why they hired you. How can you show that you were the right choice while also making an impact that leads to progress? Try these 5 simple tips that could help you stand out and move up the career ladder.
1. Find Your Niche
You were hired because you have a specific skill set that the organization was looking for. That’s what got you the job, now let’s help you keep the job. You need to find your niche, what makes you stand out from the crowd?
Find what you’re good at and perfect it. If you’re great with writing find other ways to utilize your skill, such as reaching out to be a guest blogger at a local organization or author of an e-book. Step outside of your title and position yourself as a thought leader within your industry.
2. Have a plan
A good employer should have a plan for your career within their company. However, you should have a career plan of your own as well. Be proactive in your planning by preparing a monthly schedule of goals and accomplishments that you want to discuss at each review. Be prepared for any constructive criticism you may receive, but also prepare to show off your progress that you’ve tracked on your own.
Having a clear plan will keep you organized and allow you time to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.
Being active in the workplace and outside of your workplace is vital. Employers value a well-rounded person who can balance multiple responsibilities. This not only shows that you can multi-task, this shows leadership capabilities and the courage to try new initiatives. Join a local organization, board or fundraising group.
Advocating for your employer every now and then while volunteering can also earn you a few brownie points. Show that you are a team player no matter who is present.
4. Document everything
Farewell to the days of manually managing documents and reports. If you lose something this could potentially hurt you in the long run. Make sure you are making copies of your work, agreements and other documents so you never fall behind. Digital files and folders are useful, but good old fashion copies show that you take your time and know how to keep a paper trail to cover your back. This will benefit you greatly at your annual review. Have a portfolio with finished assignments and projects.
5. Be Confident
Displaying confidence in the workplace sounds like a no brainer but this is something that a lot of people struggle with. Being confident can be difficult when you’re in an unfamiliar environment, but the results can ultimately lead you to success. Take the time to practice your verbal and visual communication. Confidence is loud and powerful so let it show! but be mindful that nonverbal cues can give off unintentional negative vibes. Confidence is key!