8 Easy Ways to Boost Your Career
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
You can make great strides in your career by incorporating small yet vital strategies which, when done consistently, will be part of your personal brand and will keep you in the driver’s seat of your career.
Back in the day, you would work at one company for life, get the gold watch and retire. The ladder of success was more straight forward. Now days, it is important for you to navigate your own career. Imagine it is a career rock wall where you may have to step back in order to position yourself to climb even higher. These suggestions will keep you on track and feeling confident about the kind of employee you are and the value you bring to the table.
Boost your career and increase your paycheck with these strategies:
1. Be reliable. We’ve all worked with the employee who couldn’t be trusted. He was the one person that you knew wouldn’t keep his promises. Avoid establishing a similar reputation. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Be 100% reliable at all times.
2. Be on time. Whether it’s for work or a meeting, always be on time. Do you control your time or allow it to control you? Avoid being too early for meetings. You’ll appear to have too much free time. Five minutes early is perfect.
Always have your work done on time. Give yourself the opportunity to impress. If you can have something done by Wednesday, tell your boss it will be done on Friday and turn it in early. Most people do the opposite and get themselves in trouble.
3. Dress for success. Many promotions are given to the candidate that looks the part. Always dress up one level from your peers. Strive to dress like your boss. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.
4. Keep your resume up to date. Keep your resume current. Spend a few minutes each month to add any new, relevant information to your resume. When a good opportunity comes along, you’ll be prepared!
5. Reach out to recruiters. Most recruiters are paid on commission. If you let them know you exist, you can be certain they’ll call you when something suitable hits their radar. Many recruiters find potential job candidates via LinkedIn.com. Ensure you’re registered and you have selected the option to be open to employers if you are seriously looking.
6. Enhance your public speaking abilities. Public speaking is one of the top fears. If you do enjoy public speaking, definitely capitalize on it.
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7. Be indispensable. Some employees make themselves indispensable and the company goes out of its way to make them happy. Be sure your employer needs you. Find an important task and master it.
Is your company looking for volunteers to learn a new software program? Are they looking for auditors? Is there an opportunity to take on additional responsibilities? Be sure that the extra work is relevant and something that you enjoy.
Is a long-time employee leaving? Maybe you can fill some of the gaps that are created by his/her departure.
8. Find a mentor. The right mentor can help you advance your career. A mentor can provide valuable advice and introduce you to others who can be very helpful connections for you. Many of the most successful corporate employees have enjoyed the benefit of one or more mentors along the way.
Avoid following the herd at work. Many employees simply do the minimum amount of work to keep their paycheck. It isn’t difficult to stand out from the pack by being a little more conscientious. Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Boost your career today by excelling at the little things. Find a mentor, too. You’ll be glad you did!