Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are already on a good path to a rewarding career. Every successful person understands that a satisfying professional life doesn’t just happen. Each one of us must actively seek out the experiences and opportunities that will make us truly great at what we do. It requires stepping back several paces to become objective about where we are, where we can go, and what options are available to help us get there. Even if you are just starting out, or you have hit a bump in the road, your attention to these pro-tips will help to guide you in the direction of your goals:

  • Limiting yourself to just a few job search sources will limit your potential. Explore every possible avenue for landing an interview or impressing your superiors. Networking can be a powerful tool for getting where you want to be. Take on projects that will help you stand out – even if that means volunteering your time.
  • Be smart and savvy about putting yourself out there. If you join an online networking site, take the time to polish your profile. If you meet people at jobs fairs or professional conferences, talk about your strengths, offer to exchange information, and make sure you leave a great impression by letting your professional personality shine.
  • Prepare for an interview by knowing the company and knowing yourself. Establishing a rapport with the interviewer requires knowledge of the company, stressing your assets (including friendliness), and giving substantial answers. Develop questions that you can ask that will show that you truly care about the company and its mission.
  • Look for opportunities to follow up with potential clients or potential companies. Not reconnecting is often seen as lack of interest. If you are interested, a hand-written note is often just the thing to help them to remember you. You can also find a unique way to say “Thank You” for the interview.
  • Be the best at what you do. Make it your goal to be more than just competent. Treat your job like an athlete treats their body ; train hard and you will excel. If this kind of analysis is challenging for you, find a mentor who can show you how.
  • Master the art of teamwork. Study books and read articles about working in or managing a team. This is a highly-sought-after skill and one that you can proudly tout on your resume.
  • Think one position higher than your current position. What would it take to get there? What strengths will you need? How should you dress? Who will be your friends when you get there?
  • Mold yourself into a leadership mindset. Good leaders are: level-headed, fair, willing to take on responsibility, willing to train co-workers, hold themselves to strong ethical standards, and always encourage others.

Carving a place for yourself in your field requires clear goals, perseverance, conviviality, and readying yourself for increasing levels of responsibility. You get to choose how your career unfolds, because your dedication, your savvy, and your perseverance will make it happen.

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