Feeling like your career has hit a wall? It’s a new year and a good time to take stock. Look at all you’ve accomplished and where you’d like to go in the future. Here are some tips to help you get over current obstacles and take your career to the next level.
Evaluate your current position.
Whether you want to put your hat in the ring for a promotion or get a new job entirely, take a step back to evaluate your current role. What aspects of it do you like, dislike, and what do you want to achieve going forward? For some, it might be a more flexible schedule, and for others, a big paycheck with more responsibility. Once you know what you want, you can focus your efforts,
Ask for stretch assignments.
Stretch assignments are those that go beyond your current skills. As a result, you’ll be putting your ability to adapt, think on your feet, and meet new challenges to the test. On the plus side, you can expand your network, broaden your horizons, and increase your visibility among leadership at your company. If you do want to get promoted or take a step up in a new job, these can be a great way to prepare.
Network in person and online more often.
When you meet new people and grow your network, it can help in many ways. Of course, if you’re looking for a new job, then networking is a vital part of the process. However, even if you want to remain with your current company, networking can help you to learn about industry issues, challenges, and trends and gain new insights and perspectives. So set goals around networking. This can include anything from attending one in-person event a week or a month, or joining an online networking group.
Set up a time to talk to your boss and ask for feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. If you are interested in getting promoted, let him or her know. They can explain what steps you’ll need to take, as well as any important skills to work on first.
Renew your resume.
Take a look at your resume and give it a good overhaul. Make sure you’re going beyond listing duties to also providing results you achieved and the impact they had on your department or company. The more you’re able to give real-world examples and measurable results, the better your chance of getting a call for an interview.
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