Are you looking to move forward in your career? No matter what your goal is, here are five ideas on how to use [email protected]’s free resources to help you get ahead.
- Find solutions
People are more likely to listen to your concerns if you recommend a solution at the same time. Identifying an issue is important, but when you also suggest a solution, you’ll stand out professionally.
Being a solution-finder is simple. First, think about the issue and an ideal outcome. Then, work backward to identify the steps you need to take to make that idea work. Investing in your work and taking initiative like this is a great way to show you’re ready for more responsibility and the next stage of your career.
- Share your knowledge
Are you the team’s go-to person on a specific topic? Think about how your peers and supervisors rely on you – you might be an expert and not even realize it.
Then, take steps to make your workplace talents more visible. Organize a team brownbag meeting to share your expertise in Excel, for example. Your team will respect you – and your proven capabilities and growing reputation could help open doors to new opportunities to grow
- Ask for feedback
Don’t wait for your annual performance review to see how you’re doing. When you take on responsibilities, work with a new person, or finish a project, ask for specific, honest feedback from trusted peers and supervisors. Request examples of both things you did well and areas for improvement.
Be prepared to receive both positive and constructive feedback. In either case, listen carefully, thank the person for his or her feedback, and ask for suggestions on how to improve.
- Get a mentor
Finding a good mentor is always a smart career move. Mentors can introduce you to new perspectives, recommend ways to develop your skills, and help expand your professional network.
Choose someone who would be a good role model for you. Build the relationship by preparing questions before each meeting. For example, you could discuss how your mentor built his or her career, ask for advice about career challenges you’re currently facing, or seek recommendations on building your strengths.
- Talk about career development goals
Tell your supervisor when you’re looking for growth opportunities or want to develop your skills. Your Individual Development Plan (IDP) can be a good place to start this conversation. Completing your IDP will help you identify concrete steps for growth and provide you with talking points to discuss with your supervisor. Then, you can work together to find training or other opportunities that match your goals.
Want to learn more? Check out these tips from [email protected] that can help you have effective conversations with a mentor or supervisor.
Putting “Find solutions” as the number one on the list is perfect! It really can boost up your career and get you ahead. It worked for me.