There are many career advancement opportunities for folks to seize upon as our economy bounces back. Now is the time to take the steps that can improve your professional standings at work. Below you will find some suggestions that Financejobz.com feel can be beneficial to you.
1. Participate in trainings.
Many companies offer various training sessions that can either keep processes fresh in your mind, add additional skills to your already skill set, and/or update you on new and upcoming methods in your industry. The majority of training sessions businesses offer are free of charge and are offered regularly. If there is something that is of interest to you that isn’t offered, approach your boss and make case as to why it should be considered. If you show how it could benefit the company, they may look into adding it to the trainings available- it also shows you have initiative to your boss. Besides in-house trainings, there numerous conferences and seminars that can increase your skill set as well as benefit the company. Many times these seminars can be reimbursed if it proves to be beneficial to the company as well.
2. Take the forefront.
Many projects that were set aside when the economy faltered are now starting to resurface and need to be lead by someone. Make it known that you are interested in leading these tasks and volunteer to begin right away. By taking an interest in these tasks, you increase your visibility with management and will be able to show you can handle more responsibility than you have been given in the past. Show off your true talents. Just keep in mind, don’t take on more than you can handle- the work you’re assigned can quickly become overwhelming if there is too much for you to do. Don’t let your eagerness for advancement bury you before you have the chance to show what you’re really worth to higher management.
3. Consider finding a mentor.
If you know what your professional goals are but can’t quite figure out how to achieve them, consider getting a mentor who has been in your shoes and has traveled the path to advancement you wish to take. A mentor can provide you with the advice and guidance needed to get you where you want to be. Just be sure the person you ask is aware of what you want from the relationship and how you want them to help you.
4. Don’t forget to network.
Just because you have a job and have been there for a significant amount of time, doesn’t mean you should stop networking. This is especially true if you’re interested in moving up the ladder. Whether the advancement you seek is in the company you currently have a position with, or a rival company your interested in transitioning to, you need to maintain the contacts and relationships that you created in your job search originally. Remember, these are professionals in your industry that can assist you in all future endeavors- so keep in touch. You’ll find if your looking to make an internal transfer, it’s more who you know than what you can offer. Your skill set can be easily accessible to management through review reports. But, a testament to your true character and ability from others in the company is what can get you that promotion. Use your allies and keep connections open.
5. Be knowledgeable of current trends in your industry.
Employees that make the best impression and prove to be a better asset to the company are those who are current in new processes in their industry. By keeping up to date with trends will show your boss that you have a finger on the pulse of your industry. The best way to accomplish keeping current is to join professional organizations and reading publications specialized in your field. Attending conferences where speakers discuss new trends and developments will certainly keep you current. Other ways to keep informed are to read blogs and online news and articles.