Six Ways To Kick-Start Your Career
The start of each new year is a typical time for people to think hard about their career. However, the middle of the year also provides food for thought when it comes to your career progression. It’s tax time, so you might be considering what you’re earning and how you can improve your income; you may also just be feeling a little blue as the drag of the working year sets in.
We think mid-year is the perfect time to think about kick-starting your career. Whether you’re seeking a change of direction, or whether you just need some time to reevaluate your goals and aspirations, these six simple steps will help you kick-start the career of your dreams.
- Re-evaluate your current position.
It’s time to really think about how you feel about your current job. Are you feeling stuck in a dead-end position? Are you bored by your role, or is it becoming a little too comfortable? Have you made it to where you want to be, or do you still have a fair way to go?
Whether you want to move up in the ranks of your company or seek out an entirely different position, understanding how you feel about your current job will help you decide whether changes need to be made.
- Set short-term and long-term goals.
To put things simply: you can’t achieve career goals if you don’t set any! Setting goals for your career progression, both short-term and long-term, can help you stay motivated and driven. If you’ve never set yourself career goals before, now is the time to do so.
Start small with something simple, such as ‘I want to improve my social media skills by creating Facebook and Twitter accounts for my business’. Then think about how you can achieve that goal, and set a loftier long-term goal such as ‘I want to reach 2,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter by [x time]’.
- Expand your skill set.
Often, the new goals you’ve set for yourself will involve expanding your knowledge and skill set in some way or another. The best way to tackle this is to focus on one new skill at a time, persevering until you have mastered that skill before moving onto another. Consider completing some kind of training in your desired skill area, whether it be an online or short course, or a longer venture such as a diploma or degree.
- Give your resume a makeover.
When was the last time you looked at your CV? If you’ve been in your current position for a while, your resume is probably gathering dust in the forgotten folders of your computer! Consider bringing it out and give it a makeover, updating your information and focusing on professional presentation. And if you’re not already on LinkedIn, create yourself a profile – it’s the online equivalent of a CV, and will come in very handy.
- Make the most of networking.
It’s all about who you know, after all, so why not make a conscious effort to network more and connect with people in your industry? Go to work-related events, connect online, reach out to your colleagues more often – every little bit helps to grow your professional network.
- Develop a positive attitude.
This seems like a minor point, but it’s an important one. There’s nothing like a consistently positive attitude to help give your career path a much-needed boost. Making an effort to maintain a positive outlook is a key factor in achieving career success.
What are you waiting for? With these six kick-starting tips, your career will be flourishing in no time!
Author: Emily Burgess
Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.