Friday, February 01, 2008

9 Steps to Career Success and Motivation

Once you start with a job, other than getting acclimated to your new surroundings… Constantly ask yourself, are you up for the challenge?


What do you do next? You think like a champ!


To get better results, try doing the following:


1.Talk to your boss. Sit down and have a very direct and pointed dialogue with your boss about your future in the employer. Stress that you want your job performance to meet the business's goals. Share your own job goals with him or her. Your manager will respect this display of confidence and maturity.


2.Ask for more. Never stick to a given work time or schedule. Do more! Volunteering to help out other departments or teams - or simply asking for more responsibilities - increases your value within the organization. Asking for additional work shows an interest and desire to help your department and employer to succeed. Never fake that you have had the experience, but learn. You cannot become a department head suddenly from being a junior manager, unless there is no other choice for the organization and you also show strength that you can achieve.


3.Sharpen your people skills. Never yell at anyone. Be polite. Give respect to the position of the person. Also dont question a senior person's judgement, as they are up there with their own acumen. Strong interpersonal skills play a crucial role in gaining the respect of your executive and coworkers; they will also attract the notice of outside influencers who might open new doors of chance for you. Be friendly, outgoing, and personable. Listen carefully to individuals, and practice being a clear and effective communicator.


4.Be innovative. Never be afraid to think outside of the box and put your company acumen to work. Stay on the lookout for creative solutions to problems that will make you - and your boss - look good.


5.Find a mentor. Develop mentoring relationships, either inside or outside the employer. Recent studies have shown that four out of five promotions are influenced by a mentor higher up in the business. Mentors are also great sources of facts and job guidance.


6.Self-promotion. Learn the fine art of self-promotion. If you have had biggest achievements or created stunning programs, make sure people know about it - especially those in influential positions who could help you advance professionally. Let it be known that you are seeking a promotion or the next step up in your career.


7.Keep learning. A proven way to advance in your career is to be continually acquiring new knowledge. Stay on top of trends or developments in your field and make sure that your current résumé reflects those needed skills.


8.Network. Strengthen your personal network and join professional organizations, attend industry conferences, or even volunteer. The more you are aware of your strengths and abilities, the better your chances of hearing about any new opportunities that might arise for bettering your career.


9.Build your reputation. In business, your reputation is the nearly all valuable thing you own. Be known for being dependable, businesslike, and cooperative. Act and look the part by dressing professionally. Make a name for yourself by attending conferences, networking with peers or writing articles.


Good Luck!

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