Career

8 Tips to Progress Your Career

In today’s edition of Blend Blogs, we will look at different ways you can progress in your career!

1. Begin Preparing for Your Next Role as Soon as Possible

What did you do today to prepare for the five-year position you want? Take advantage of the opportunity! It’s never too early to start planning ahead of time. “Don’t wait until you want or are ready for a job change or promotion,” says Elise Marquart, Manager for M&A Integration. Expect a six-month preparation period to achieve your next professional goal.” Begin to consider the actions you can take to advance to your next position.

2. Maintain a Laser-like Focus on Your Passions

Pay attention to what you like and don’t like and only pursue opportunities that match your preferences. Rather than casting a wide net, concentrate on the opportunities that you’re most excited about and that match your talents. Be open to changes that allow you to apply your abilities in novel ways.

3. Take the Initiative to Expand Your Network

We all want to be surrounded by the finest and brightest. Make use of the bright brains around you. Before you apply, go out to your contacts to learn more. Do your homework and figure out what you can offer to the table to assist each individual you meet. If networking is a difficult task for you, consider using these techniques to bravely connect, and check out our blog on how you can network efficiently!

4. Seek Out Mentors

Consider how you can put together your dream team while networking. According to TED, to bring forth your greatest self, you need five mentors. People are eager to assist. As a reminder, in today’s virtual world, don’t restrict yourself to counsel who is physically close to you.

5. Push Yourself Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Cameron Thompson, Product Marketing Senior Representative, has no regrets about making herself uncomfortable. “Until you’ve researched and learned about numerous aspects of the industry, you won’t know what a viable career path looks like.” And, even if it’s difficult, put yourself out there!
 Recruiting Manager Melanie Quandt’s experience is reassuring too.
“It’s not easy to get out of your comfort zone… but the reward of being able to grow both personally and professionally leads to the best work and best life you can live. Dream big and stay hungry to learn and evolve your experience.” 

6. Participate in Stretch Assignments as a Volunteer

Do you want to test the waters before jumping into a new role? Raise your hand if you’d want to help with a new project or one you’re not acquainted with. You could volunteer for an assignment through a non-profit, a college/university, an educational institute, or through your current employer. You never know where it’ll take you!

7. Acquire the Ability to Pivot

If you’re wondering what your life would have been like if you’d chosen a different job route, don’t fantasize — pivot! If you’re looking to change careers, your resume may not always tell the whole story. Reworking your application to highlight your training, special initiatives, and membership in industry associations is a good idea.

8. Create a Personal Brand

What is the definition of a personal brand? In a world when communication is becoming increasingly digital, how you present yourself electronically is crucial to making a good first impression. Spend some time honing your brand and professional social media networks.

Conclusion:

At every point of your profession, you should consider your career advancement. You should have a vision of where you want to be in a year, three years, or five years. Perhaps you have a ten-year vision for the future. Don’t waste time thinking about what others will say if you express your viewpoint, you already know where you want to go, so speak out to get there.
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John Xavier

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