Whether you’re happy at work or looking for a new job, your career always needs care and attention. With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to take stock of it and evaluate ways to improve and elevate your abilities. This doesn’t have to be a complicated process or a lot of work. Instead, with a few easy steps, you can boost your career and achieve more success. Here’s how:
1. Set small goals.
Where are you now in your career and where would you like it go? If you have big plans, small goals are actually the way to get there. Even if you don’t, you should still be setting measurable objectives that help you gain new skills and enhance your performance at work.
2. Ask for feedback.
If your boss only gives reviews once a year, ask for more. This might sound unappealing, but in reality it will help you get ahead. When you know where you stand and how your boss perceives your performance, you can make any necessary adjustments and become a more valuable member of the team.
3. Document your accomplishments.
For those feedback meetings and annual reviews, keep records of your accomplishments throughout the year. Your busy boss won’t notice all that you do, so it’s up to you to tell him or her, especially when it comes time to talk about raises and promotions.
4. Commit to regular reading.
Whether it’s blogs, magazines or books, start reading more about your industry and your profession. It will help spark new ideas, as well as enable you stay up to date on the latest trends and information so you’re well informed.
5. Ask for more responsibility.
If you want to get ahead or even just sharpen your abilities, you can’t stay in your comfort zone all the time. So aim to stretch yourself in areas in which you’re interested in growing. Ask your boss for a challenging assignment, or to help out on a project where you’ll get more experience and develop new skills.
6. Find a mentor.
If your company has a mentoring program, take advantage of it. Even if they don’t, look for someone externally in your network who can serve as a sounding board for questions and ideas.
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