What steps are you taking to enhance your career this year?
Changing jobs is one way, but with the shaky economy, is it advantageous to look for a new job? Unemployment may decline, but with the political unrest, you may not want to be the last one hired in the group. If you are serious about improving your career, think about these six easy ways to enhance your career.
two ways to enhance your career and your network.
Volunteer. Are you active in your professional association? Are you volunteering at your child's school? What about volunteering at a local event? You may be asking how that can enhance your stature.
By volunteering with your professional association, you will undoubtedly gain new insight from others facing similar issues. You might offer to speak to a class at the high school to share the complexity of changes happening in your field. This endeavor demonstrates the breadth of your industry and established you as a role model for youth. Meeting people in your community may assist in discovering companies that need your products or services.
Take a class. Attending a class at a local university improves your skills and provides new opportunities for networking. Recent training should be added to your resume. Increasing your knowledge base in technology or methodology could increase money in your pocket. Be sure to see if your company pays for this activity. You never know when you may want to interview for an internal or external job. You need to keep your education fresh with the latest advances, like big-data or cloud technology. Knowing new processes and technology definitely adds value to your career.
Use LinkedIn. LinkedIn is not just for job seekers. Connecting with people in other companies who perform similar jobs provides ready resources when you cannot determine a solution to a problem. You want to engage in the LinkedIn Groups for your industry, such as Purchasing or Quality to participate in the discussions. Adding to your digital footprint is actually branding your background. LinkedIn is a powerful tool if you know how to use it. Two hours of personal study will prevent you from being overwhelmed by this powerful tool. Online and professional training are readily available.
Read related books and online information. Instead of reading the latest Jack Reacher novel, reach for a book on trends in your industry. Take an online training session or listen to a TED Talk. If you schedule it into your week in advance, you are far more likely to actually finish the book or attend the webinar.
Exercise. The mayor in our fast-growing town of Plano, Texas, exercises daily, if he can. Surely you should be able to find two or three hours a week for exercise. Whether running, going to the gym, or walking the dog, you must exercise. Working all the time can create health issues. Not only will your career be enhanced if you exercise regularly, your new energy will help improve your productivity.
Manage your time. If you are always stretched for time, you may need to use your calendar better. Schedule regular meetings with yourself, your time for exercise, and even the time you spend watching TV. You need relaxation, but if you are too tired to watch TV, you need to budget your time more wisely, both at work and home.
In accounting, you expect long hours. You have deadlines for projects. You know how to schedule business meetings. Treat yourself as well as you treat your colleagues. By blocking time with the door closed and not answering the phone, you may have more time for managing the project, not just complaining about it.
If you want to further your career, you need to heed these suggestions sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you may need a physician, a divorce lawyer, a psychiatrist, or a career coach! If you want to enhance your career, start by working on improving your life and your career will improve along with it.
— Ruth Glover, President of Career Consultations, provides regular articles to help you grow your career. Be sure to visit www.hotcareers.com for additional information and articles. Ruth will expand on each of these ideas in future articles.