Tips For Career Path Development

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The Pure Empathy Marketing Group

Tips For Career Path Development

Developing a career path is important to all of us. Learning how to take the correct steps to develop a successful career path is important and well deserved due to the hard work we put into our work schedules each day. Below are seven tips to developing a successful career path. 

Developing Your Successful Career Path

When plotting your career path, it helps to think of yourself as a brand, and as such, you need to understand not only the passion you’ll bring to the job for eight hours every day but also how you are perceived by others.

Here are seven tips to get started:

1. Do a self-assessment. “Assess your soft skills and your hard skills.  “Your knowledge and technical skills are the hard skills. The soft skills are everything else, such as your ability to communicate, manage others, be politically savvy and manage your emotions. Let’s say you’re a computer programmer, and you also enjoy mentoring younger staff. That’s an example of using both your hard and soft skills.” The skills assessment will also reveal if you lack sufficient training or education for your desired career path. Before investing in additional education, you’ll know exactly what’s needed.

2. Get feedback. To see yourself the way others do, it’s important to get feedback . “People love to give you their opinions. Go to a boss or colleague and say, ‘I really want to improve; could you tell me what I do well and what you think I don’t do well?’”

3. Establish goals. Think about what the person in your future position wants to be able to say about their position after they leave it. “Everything you do in your job goes back to what you want to accomplish during your tenure and that not only helps you personally develop your career goals, but you also have to translate that to how it will benefit the company.

4. Develop an executive presence. Polishing your brand, or image, involves working on how you present yourself. “Make sure you have what is called an ‘executive presence, which is described as the ability to communicate and act with both warmth and strength. This applies not just to executives, but to everyone. In doing so, you will convey confidence and expertise in your field.

5. Build your network. Maintaining an online presence is important in getting your brand noticed, so keep your resume or profile current on networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You want your resume and cover letter to be picked out of the pile. Also, make sure your online presence is professional. No racy photos or inappropriate comments. Make sure that wherever you are online, you are represented the way you want to be.

6. Develop a career timeline. Develop a timeline outlining your desired career moves, add in your salary requirements, and determine what you are willing to do to achieve your goal. Would you move or accept more hours, for instance? Decide what success looks like to you.  Then you can decide whether to seek another role in the company or look elsewhere.

7. Talk to your manager. The most successful negotiators are able to demonstrate the benefits that will come back to the company in exchange for the increased responsibilities or salary they are requesting. Think about your timing and what’s going on in the company before you ask.

An ideal time to broach the possibility of advancement is during a performance review. That’s absolutely a time to discuss career goals and ask what the boss thinks you should do to move up.  Outside of a performance review, unless a position you desire opens up, asking too often for a promotion can actually be detrimental. But in the end, you do have to ask.

Investing in your human capital can pay off in a bigger paycheck or in a more satisfying job that better suits your personality. The definition of a successful career is different for everyone, but if you’re willing to do the work, results will follow. Ask, what do I really want to have in my life?  You really have to be honest with yourself with what you want.

Tips for Advancing in a Company

Too often, good employees fail to move up in an organization simply because they do not pursue advancement.

A small percentage of people in this world are lucky enough to be born rich. Even fewer manage to hit the lottery or somehow fall into large sums of cash. Generally speaking, the rest of us have to rely on good old-fashioned hard work if we want to get ahead. Unfortunately, not everyone who works hard will be rewarded for it. In addition to being dedicated and having the right skills, there are some important steps to take if you want to advance in an organization.

In your quest for professional promotion, the first stop should be your human resources or staffing department. Find out everything you can about the culture and values of your organization, so you can be sure you're towing the company line. Equally important as you step onto the corporate ladder is having a strong sense of your own abilities and what you want to achieve.

Before pursuing a promotion, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your current position aligned with your career goals?
  • Do you possess skills that aren't being fully utilized?
  • Is something holding you back from achieving your goals (e.g., lack of a degree or specific training)?
  • What is your dream job (realistically)?

You also should talk to as many people in your company as possible. Find out how they advanced in the organization and whether they would be willing to serve as your mentor. If you're unsure of your career goals, these inquiries may give you valuable ideas. They may also open doors for working with people who are in a position to help you rise.

Another important consideration before asking for a promotion is whether you have improved the bottom line in your organization. Higher-ups tend to look very fondly on those who manage to increase productivity, generate new revenue or find ways to save money (especially in a down economy). But no matter how you do it, the trick is to demonstrate your value before you ask for a bigger slice of the company pie [source: Forbes]. Read on for more tips on impressing your company's leadership.

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