When it comes to your career, you’ll always want to make sure that you can advance at a rate that feels comfortable to you. For some women, this will be bagging that promotion every two years or so and jumping ship if they don’t. Others will be happy to take a slower route to get to where they want to be. No matter which of the two you are, you do need to realize that if you want to progress in your career, it’s something that you need to take into your own control. Because it can get super easy to feel comfortable where you are and just go into work every single day doing your job. While this is definitely doing what you need to meet the minimum requirement, it may not be enough to help you to progress. And when you have big dreams, this isn’t good news.
So, it’s time for you to take a more proactive approach to your career. Because when it comes to what you’re doing, you can get to where you want to be, and you can make anything happen, but you have to work for it. Career prospects won’t just land on your lap – you have to go out there and get them. But, don’t be afraid of that. Because advancing in your career is actually pretty easy. As long as you work hard, you know what steps to take, and you’re patient, it will happen. So let’s take a look at fifteen things you could do to advance your career today.
- Set An Intention
The very first thing that you can do to start advancing your career today, is to set the intention. If you don’t really know what you want to achieve with your career, or you’re not sure where you see yourself in ten years time, how will you ever get there? So, you need to think about what it is that you actually want to achieve in your career. Set some goals that will allow you to get there. Whether you list the role you want or the kind of position you want to be in by that set time – write it down.
- Create A Plan
Now that you have some goals, you need a plan. Because those goals aren’t going to get themselves. You’re going to want to chase after them. And to do that, you need to know what steps you need to take. So draw yourself up a career plan working backwards from where you want to be, so that you can work out what actionable steps you need to take along the way.
- Find A Mentor
For a lot of people, getting a mentor can be a great career move. Not only can you learn from them, but they can also hold you accountable. So it’s often really helpful to seek out someone that you admire and ask them to be your mentor.
- Start A Blog
At the same time, you’ll also find that blogging can help your career. No matter what you do, or what kind of industry you’re in, having a blog can add a new dimension to your career, establish you as an expert in that field, and teach you new skills that can help you to progress too.
- Go Above & Beyond
When it comes to your job itself, you’ll always want to make sure that you’re going above and beyond as much as possible. Don’t just do the bare minimum. Think about what else you can do to add value to the role on your own initiative. This is a great way to get noticed and ensure that you can start to progress early on.
- Take On More Responsibilities
As a more official step on from that, you’re going to want to see if you can take on more responsibility at work. If you can show that you’re someone that’s willing to do more, work harder, and that really cares about the company, it will help you. Just make sure that the things you do are going to work with your career plan, and not just help the company out.
- Track Your Accomplishments
You’ll also want to make sure that you’re keeping a record of your accomplishments along the way. Whether you’ve managed to win a big account, make a huge sale, increase revenue, save the company money, or getting better margins on supplies, document it all. All of this is going to help you when you want to ask for a promotion or a pay rise. Even if you want to apply for a new job, it’s handy to have these examples as evidence.
- Further Your Training
If you know that you can’t get to a set level in your industry without the right qualifications, then what are you waiting for? If you need them, then now’s the time to take them. Yes, it can seem scary to do training later on in life – or even to retrain if you’re starting out on a new path, but in ten years time when you’ve got to where you want to be, it will be completely worth it.
- Get A Qualification
As a step on from that, you may also want to think about the qualifications that may boost your career. Because there are lots of things that you can do to add value to your resume, your company, or that may stand out to employers. From getting a CPR certification online to learning French, just make sure that you have skills behind you. These are the things that will allow you to stand out from others.
A biggie will be to network with others in your industry. This can be intimidating at first, but with a few tips, you’ll feel like a pro. As you get into this, you’ll realize that making connections can not only help your career, but be fun and allow you to make great friends too.
- Attend Events
At the same time, you’re also going to want to ensure that you’re attending events. And this refers to both work and social events. It’s important for you to get out and mingle (a.k.a network!) with lots of different people, because you’ll never know what kind of different opportunities will open up to you.
- Make It Known
It’s also a good idea to make it known to your boss that you’re looking to progress. Because when they know that you want a promotion or that you’re looking to work your way up, they will not only have you in mind, but they could create a plan with you!
- Get Results
You’ll also want to make sure that you’re getting results. No matter what you do or what company you work for, you need to get some tangible results in the job that you’re doing. That way, you can prove to the company that you’re worth investing in. Because if they’re going to pay you more or promote you, you’re an investment – and they’ll always want a return on that investment.
- Be Likable
This one sounds like the opposite of what you may think you need to be, but it’s so important to be nice. A lot of the time, you think that you need to be ruthless to get ahead. But if you’re mean, cold, and stab others in the back, it won’t get you far in the long-run. Because nobody will like you, and they won’t be willing to help you out when you need it. It’s way more important to be likable. Not only will this mean that others will do your favors, but employers will see you as a great asset too. And they’re always going to want to hold on to (and promote) people they like!
- Be Indispensable
As a step on from that, you’re also going to want to make sure that you’re a valuable asset at work and in your industry too. This is going to work in your favor in two ways. The first is that, if you’re someone that really adds value to the company, and you are an asset to them, they’re always going to want you around. If you’re known for being a great person, employee, and excellent at what you do (especially publicly), then you have the power. But at the same time, as a secondary measure, that power makes you indispensable. So you’re more than likely to be able to get promoted when you want, because your company want to hold on to you. And if there’s no room, then other companies will be fighting to have you too!
So, there you have it. You’ve got fifteen points that you can start working on today to make sure that you’re progressing in your career. While you’re never going to get to where you want to be overnight, if you do want to be in a particular position in ten years time, you need to start working on that today. So start working on some of the points that will get results for you, stay committed, be patient, and your career will start to progress.