As the summer approaches, it is only natural that you start to question you’re the decisions you have made in your life. There is something about the sun that makes us think more about our lives and where we are, especially our careers. It is easy to let your standards slip when it comes to your career. That doesn’t mean that you stop being good at your job. It means that you start a routine and don’t know how to abort. Well, if you look at your career and are not happy with what you see, you need to start a routine of pro-activity.
What are your goals?
The first step is to understand what you want to achieve. What do you want to do? What do you want from your career? Are you happy doing something you love or do you want to reach the upper echelons? Does money motivate you? These are all important questions that need answering before you can start to get a grip of your career. Only once you know what you want to achieve can you go out and try to achieve it and make a difference in your life.
Get out and network
Now the real work begins. Obviously, the majority of the responsibility is down to you, but you can’t do it all on your own. In fact, you would be silly to try and do it all on your own. There is nothing wrong with using the contacts you have cultivated over your time in your current job to help you find a different one. People like this are the kind of people that can open doors and make things happen, so don’t be afraid to ask. But, you need their contact information before you can get on the phone and the only way to do it is to start networking. Go to industry events and parties and introduce yourself in a friendly and charismatic way for the best results.
Invest in yourself
If you don’t invest time and money in you, no one else will. Investing in you always gets the brain wondering, how do I do that? Well, it is easy to be honest. Think of the skills that your new career path requires and train up in that area. If you need to be proficient at Microsoft Office or you need fantastic oration skills, enrol in a training program that will sharpen those skills. If you don’t know where to begin visit simplilearn.com/quality-management/six-sigma-green-belt-training and other similar web pages. Certain websites will be able to point you in the right direction for a majority of industries and jobs.
Bring your CV into the twenty-first century
The first thing that your new employer will see with regards to you is your CV or resume. If it is in the dark ages, the employer will assume you are, too. Tidy up your CV and make sure that it does not babble on for too long. A good CV is to the point and lists the key skills that are relevant to the job, not just any skill or qualification they have.
Kick starting your career isn’t difficult; it just requires know-how and motivation.
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