The best way to ad­vance ca­reer

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

IF you re­ally want to get ahead in your ca­reer, you should be putting in the time af­ter-hours as well. To be the best you have to be­come the “go-to” per­son for your field – put in the ex­tra ef­fort and you’ll soon ac­cel­er­ate your ca­reer.

Work­ing for one com­pany your en­tire life is no longer con­sid­ered to be the best op­tion to ac­cel­er­ate your ca­reer. In fact, mov­ing to a dif­fer­ent com­pany, ev­ery 2-5, but stay­ing in the same field, is now seen as one of the bet­ter op­tions to fur­ther your ca­reer. Your sta­tus is also now de­ter­mined by the unique or spe­cialised skills you man­aged to ob­tain while work­ing at the var­i­ous com­pa­nies – both dur­ing and out of of­fice hours.

You should aim for more than just work­ing for the sake of work­ing. What is your am­bi­tion? Are you pas­sion­ate about what you do? Are you driven to be­come a leader in your field? Th­ese are all im­por­tant ques­tions you need to ask your­self be­fore map­ping out your ca­reer suc­cess. Are you pas­sion­ate about your job? This may seem a bit cliché, but it holds weight and rel­e­vance for ca­reer ac­cel­er­a­tion. If your only mo­ti­va­tion is leav­ing at the end of the day, you’re in the wrong job. You have to be pas­sion­ate and mo­ti­vated to do what you do, es­pe­cially if you were to put in the ef­fort af­ter hours. Think about learn­ing new skills that will be ben­e­fi­cial to your ca­reer – es­sen­tially, what you’re look­ing to do is out­shine oth­ers who are on the same level as you are.

If you’re a tra­di­tional print writer for ex­am­ple, but you would re­ally like to get into digi- tal writ­ing you need to be will­ing to start your own blog, do a course in SEO, re­search ways to make your con­tent ap­peal­ing, and to put in all this ef­fort you’ll need to love what you do or it’ll just get you nowhere slowly. Think about which skills could get you fur­ther and make you in­valu­able to your com­pany and oth­ers too. A great skill to com­ple­ment your writ­ing, for ex­am­ple, would be mar­ket­ing.

Work to­wards be­com­ing a leader or the per­son who has the last word. And to be­come a leader in your field, think about start­ing a blog that con­tains in­for­ma­tion that other pro­fes­sion­als in your busi­ness can learn from. Dis­cuss things like new skills, what you need to know to get ahead, why you think it’s im­por­tant in your field, trends and news – there are so many top­ics so don’t limit your­self.

To reap the re­wards you’ll have to put in the time and ef­fort, but once you do, your next in­ter­viewer will see you as a step above the rest of the can­di­dates. Own projects

Think of your next ca­reer move when you de­cide which skills to start de­vel­op­ing. Some of the skills you could de­velop in your cur­rent job, but oth­ers you’ll have to ini­ti­ate your­self. Once you’ve taken the rel­e­vant cour­ses to ad­vance your ca­reer, con­sider tak­ing on a few free­lance jobs to de­ter­mine how well your cour­ses are pay­ing off. The more free­lance work you get, the more you’ll see what the in­dus­try needs. Then, as soon as one pro­ject is fin­ished, be sure to put it up on your blog and al­low for in­sight­ful com­men­tary. This will help you to start a com­mu­nity and give you the op­por­tu­nity to make valu­able con­nec­tions for your net­work. Main­tain a bal­ance

You may think that the above steps to ad­vance your ca­reer will take up a lot of your time, prob­a­bly too much time. That said, don’t spread your­self too thin. It’s im­por­tant to work out a healthy work-life bal­ance to en­sure you don’t burn out be­fore be­com­ing an au­thor­ity in your in­dus­try. Fam­ily and friends are also im­por­tant so don’t ne­glect them or the road to suc­cess will be a very lonely one. Try to in­volve your friends and fam­ily where pos­si­ble. But also learn when to take a step back from work and ap­pre­ci­ate what you have.

— Ca­reers.24

TO be the best you have to be­come the “go-to” per­son for your field.

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