Do you feel like you’ve missed the boat when it comes to the career of your dreams? It’s never too late to get back on track and find that dream job or re-train to enter a profession. Regardless of your age, background or experience, it is possible to take control of your career and steer it in the direction you wish to see it go. To help get you started, follow our four simple steps for taking charge today.
It’s hard to establish when you have achieved something if you haven’t clearly defined your goals in the first place. Don’t be scared about setting ambitious goals and objectives, as they are there to motivate you and help push you towards your dream career. You should also set a timescale to each goal, which is why it is a good idea to have short term and long term aims. Short term goals could include researching jobs and recruitment agencies to contact, or updating your CV. In the long term, say within five years, your goals could refer to the amount you are earning or a certain company you really want to work for.
If you want to go further in your career, you can’t sit around waiting for it to happen. Yes, a very small amount of people in the world get headhunted and end up in incredible positions, but the majority of us have to work really hard, applying for a lot of jobs before we make it. Set aside some time each week to dedicate to your career goals. You could spend this time applying for jobs, improving your skills, attending a course or evaluating where you’re at and developing an action plan.
Applying for a few jobs online and waiting for a reply that never comes is hardly a pro-active way to take charge of your career. You need to be doing everything you can to stand out from the crowd, which includes following up on applications and networking to make yourself known to recruiters or people who are in control of promotions. LinkedIn is a great place to start digital networking if you haven’t already.
Never presume that professionalism and hard work goes unnoticed. Whether you’re heading to an interview for a new job or you’re working extra hours to be in line for a promotion, always be the best version of you. Impress others with dedication and commitment, and eventually you will be rewarded. If you want a successful career, you have to be on the ball every single day.
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