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How to improve your chances of career success

Career success

With the right kind of education and training, every person can succeed in their professional career. Whether you are a go-getter and want to advance or you are the kind of person who wants to sit back and go with the flow. It is up to the individual to choose which path to follow.

Don’t wait for someone to assist you with your choice. You character and career success start with you. Success in your professional life and career will come from self determination and self will power in order to achieve your goals. Make concrete resolutions and make a commitment to identify your weaknesses and bad habits and over time remove them from your life.

Here are a few tips and bits of advice to help you succeed in your professional and personal life and make sure you have a productive, lucrative, and most of all fulfilling career.

  • Always strive to improve yourself no matter what stage of life or what your current position is. Learn all you can, formerly or informally. Miracles simply do not happen in business.
  • Make sure to choose a career that is enjoyable. Remember, the majority of your day is at work. Think of your career as part of your life and not as a job you have to wake up and go to every day. If you love what you do, then money and success will follow. Happiness breeds focus, creativity and ambition.
  • Try to focus on solutions and not the problems. At a given time you might not see a solution for a specific problem, but this does not mean that there is no solution. Overcome that little voice inside you that says there are no solutions. Individuals with strong self-confidence will always believe that any hurdle can be overcome.
  • Never give up and persevere even if others around you fall away. Think of any obstacle you confront as a temporary situation. Small setbacks are not career ending tragedies.
  • Focus on the end goal, maintain and focus on your priorities and remove all distractions from your life. List your commitments and priorities and focus on those with the best return.
  • Undertake a self-analysis and define what type of job you want, the type of people you would like to in your life, the lifestyle you want, and money you would like to earn.
  • The amount of time and effort you put into to relationships, is what you will receive in return. All relationships take two for it to succeed. We all have bad traits. Rather focus on the positive and win the trust of others.
  • In order to succeed you will need to put in the time, effort, sweat and make some sacrifices. The bigger that challenge and effort requires us to use more of our faculties and, in turn, will provide a bigger payout.
  • The type of person around you will have a huge influence on your success. Stick with can-do positive people to promote your career success and allow your creativity to come alive. Positive thinking people have ambition and a good attitude. Let this rub off on you.
  • No success will be achieved alone. Try to view the world from the other person’s perspective. Appreciation, kindliness and friendliness will help you succeed.

In the end of the day, your success depends on your attitude and will to succeed.

Questions that will help you find your dream career and job

Career Choices and Options

Yet another rough day at the office and you call a friend. While talking about your uninspiring job and how you feel lost in your career path, your friend asks you directly what you going to do? At first you don’t have an answer and think to yourself; if only I had the answer to that question… if only the answer was that easy.

Choosing the right career or a new career, whether it be a dramatic 180 degree turn or simply a minor shift, can at the best of times feel downright impossible. There are so many options available and variables to think about. You might feel that you do not know what you a re qualified to do. You have been so absorbed in your current job and worried about your career that you have not been able to take the time to actually sit and consider what you would rather be doing or what options lie in-front of you. And when you do start to think about it, you feel the sweat building on your forehead and your brain just freezes. All you feel is overwhelmed by the whole career path and option topic.

Most of us have felt and been through the same experience. There are no shortcuts to the right answer or choice when it come to a long term career. Planning a career change or shift can be very stressful and overwhelming. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you in your search for the right career. Take the time, outside of your current job hours, when you feel relaxed and fill in the blanks to the sentences below:

1. If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.

2. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do ____________. It’s interesting to me because ____________.

3. If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try ____________, because ____________.

4. If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in ____________, because ____________.

5. My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at ____________, because ____________.

6. The thing I love most about my current job is ____________, because ____________.

7. If my boss would let me, I’d do more of ____________, because ____________.

8. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.

9. When I retire, I want to be known for ____________, because ____________.

When you have completed filling in the missing words, sit back and look at your comments and answers. From what you wrote down you might find that there is once central them or pattern. For example, everything you write down on the list is angled towards designing and decorating spaces. At the very least you will notice a common theme. Perhaps it is creativity, or caring for other, or social responsibility. This will not direct you to one single career path, however, it will help to guide you and identify what you value in life. It will help you discover what brings joy to your life. It will help you find out what you want others to see in you and what you will be known for. This is a great way to start honing in on what to do next; and most of all be able to eliminate some possibilities and choices you thought you had.

When deciding on anew career path or choice, steer clear of your fears and insecurities about your current skillets. Don’t let your current skills or lack of skills hold you back. Sure, if you are web developer, for example, and you are fascinated about food saving; then a career as a professional chef might be a long and difficult road ahead. But never fear, the road might not sen as long as you think. Give yourself the opportunity to pay attention to specifically what about cooking and food gets you so excited and passionate.

There are numerous carer paths that you can take where you can combine your current skills with your passions. By dividing up your interest and passions, you will open up a whole world of possibilities. If you still feel a little overwhelmed and stumped, then try taking to a close relative, friend or mentor. An objective point of view can always assist you to identify interest, passions, and possibilities that you are unable to see.

Always remember that you spend the majority of your day and life at your job. If you are passionate about what you do, it will never feel like a job, rather a way of life.

Career guidance and tips to succeed and achieve professional success

Career advise and gudance

 

The main objective and purpose of a higher education and college degree or diploma is to teach you how to think. However, if students do not engage with their career guidance center, then college will not help you when it comes to career development. Take a some time to think about how many courses you undertook in your major, and then think about how many courses you took related to career development and management? Not many higher learning institutions offer any courses in career development. Given that we spend most of our life at work, we would expect education institutions to offer some form of guidance and teaching when it comes to career development and career management.   Without career guidance councilors and career centers, many students are left in the dark given that there is no syllabus and students are left in the dark to make their own choices.

Here are some tips to help students prepare for the realities of their working life.

  • When you approach your final years of study, make sure you visit your career center at least once every semester and once a month in your final year.
  • Believe in yourself, believe in something and have someone believe in you. Remember you are responsible or your own success.
  • Aside from your college degree or diploma, employers will want to see if you have any work experience. Consider undertaking multiple internships.
  • Work on your resume from the day you enter college. Don’t wait until you have reached your final year.
  • Take the time to focus and clarify for yourself what is your ideal job, realistic job, and survival job.
  • Define for yourself what it means for you to be successful for yourself and professionally.
  • Arrive at work early and leave late, however don’t do this to this just to impress your boss or supervisor.
  • Work on your self-confidence and discipline.
  • Make the most out of your college experience and do everything you can during your college years and leave without any regrets.
  • Failure is not the end of the world. The only way to learn is by making mistakes and learning from these mistakes.
  • Work on your grammar and reduce the amount of slang from your speech.
  • Avoid personal business like email, phone calls, browsing the internet while on the job.
  • Most of the time employers care about your productivity and not if you are professionally fulfilled.
  • Swallow your pride and remember that starting at the bottom is not beneath you, its expected.
  • Employers will want to know if you can do the job and willing to do the job.
  • Most individuals want to be heard. However, more important is to listen in the workplace.
  • Never share too much of our personal life at work.
  • Stay focused at work and don’t get detracted with social media.
  • Understand there is a time to work independently and there is a time to work as part of a team.
  • Saying “please” and “thank you” can go a long way.
  • Look people on the eye and smile will more often than not get you the same in return.
  • Remember that employers will hire you for your attitude and then train you for knowledge. Your enthusiasm at work will pave the way to success.
  • Today, most jobs are not for life. Start preparing for your next job the day you start your current job.
  • Clean up your online reputation that exist on the internet. Today many employers will research your social media profile to get a better understanding and insight of who you are.
  • If you make any commitments then keep to them. No one likes someone who habitually fails on his or her commitments.
  • Be patient and think about your first job as a period of adjustment into the working world. Think of your first job as a stepping stone on the road to your professional success.
  • Polish up on your interviewing skills and practice these skills with mock interviews.
  • If you take your career seriously then this will lead to others taking your seriously.
  • Swallow your pride and ask for help when you need help.
  • Learn and conform to you company’s dress code. The way you dress is a reflection of your self-image.
  • Set personal and professional goals and have a clear vision of your life.
  • If your choose to continue with your education and go to graduate school, be careful that your choose the right degree and courses given the high costs.
  • Always build and manage your network via online social media like Linkedin. If you decide to move jobs, this is a superb resource.
  • The majority of communication is non-verbal. Pay close attention to what you say and even closer attention to what you say when you listen and not talking.
  • Set up time to meet with your supervisor or manager to discuss your progress and discuss aspects of your job that you doing well in as well aspects of your job where you can improve.
  • You are the owner of your own success and it must be you and only you that drives your success.
  • Stay in your first job after your studies for at least one year. Avoid job hopping because this will not look good on your resume.
  • Chasing money tends to be a very poor and unreliable long-term motivator. Focus and do what you love and more often than not money will follow.
  • Pursue a career that provides you with personal fulfillment. Undertake a job that provides you with value and meaning.
  • Always take a percentage of every paycheck and create and build up an emergency fund and savings.
  • Set a budget and avoid any form of credit card debt. Start investing from day one at your job.

How to impress your boss and enhance you career development

Helpful Career Tips

 

Want to win over your boss and be viewed as management or senior management material. In order to achieve career advancement and goals, you need to win over your boss. Whether you’ve just started a new job or you’ve been there for years, earning your boss’ respect is vital.

 

Do your job, do it well, and have a great work ethic

The number one, and most important, thing that will impress your boss and leave a good impression is if you do job, do it well and have a great work ethic. The most common problem with employees today is that they fail to complete the most basic task that are assigned to them. If you want to impress your boss and be noticed, you need to complete your work diligently and make sure you do a good job. Those individuals who consistently do good work, are efficient and professional are easy to manage, and free up time for managers to focus on the more critical tasks at hand. If your boss has confidence in you and trusts that you will get the job done, then he or she can focus more on their management tasks and duties.

 

Positive interaction with colleagues is vital

If you can demonstrate that you can socialize and work with others in your team, office, department and company will earn you the required respect from your boss and leave lasting impression. Don’t just focus on your personal responsibilities. Take the initiative and take on extra tasks and assist your teammates and colleagues to complete their tasks.

 

Understand your boss’s management style and requirements

When you start a new job or a new manager is appointed, it is advisable to sit down with your boss and have a a conversation about how your boss wants things to be done and how to communicate. Does your boss prefer to communicate via phone, email or face to face. Ask how often your boss wants to be updated and how detailed these updates need to be. In order to create a strong relationship with your boss, you need  to develop and build an open communication channel.

 

Take on additional responsibilities and praise others

Arrive early, stay late, and make sure you meet your deadlines. Seeing a job through to the end will demonstrate that you are responsible, professional and dedicated to your job and company. Also never forget to praise other when it is due. Positive feedback will always encourage others do more and make them feel appreciated. Complementing others when when it is due will earn the respect from your coworkers and will be appreciated by your boss.

 

Understand and support your boss’s professional goals

The primary and most critical task of any employee is to try make your boss’s life easier. Understand and get to know the goals and objectives of your boss, and do everything you can to assist your boss to achieves these goals.

 

Be a loyal and honest employee

Be a loyal and honest employee and avoid office gossip and bad mouthing your boss. A dedicated and loyal employee will always earn the respect of your boss. Never talk about your boss with others in the office or at social events. And never go behind your boss’s back when you have an issue. If you have a problem or issue, confront your boss directly and hash out the issue. Show your respect and loyalty and remember to keep these conversation to yourself. A lack of trust and loyalty can very easily damage your relationship with your boss and, in turn, damage your career.

 

Your boss’s goals, objectives, and priorities are also yours

Any employees main task and function is to meet and satisfy your boss’s priorities in the way that he or she wants them to be done. Remember It is always a team effort and your boss is the lead person. Make sure that your boss’s top priorities are your top priorities. Make sure to talk and communicate with your boss to make sure that all goals and priorities are in sync.

 

Risk and volunteer to take on projects

Take the initiative and volunteer to take on new projects as you get more confident in your job but never take on too much and overloads your workload and land up in the situation that you cannot meet your deadlines. if you take on extra projects make sure you have enough time and energy to complete everything. Take on additional project or tasks that you are confident you can start and complete that do not require too much supervision from your boss. Taking on additional projects, assignments and tasks will demonstrate your capabilities and ability to manage your time efficiently.

 

Find solutions to problem independently

If a problem arises try to find a solution without relying on your boss to solve and fix the problem. Take the initiative to find solutions to problems not just point them out. it is okay speak out about a problem or issue, but offer suggestion to solve the issue at the same time. Don’t be the person who always complains about things in the office. No one likes a negative person. Negativity in the office lowers morale and hampers productivity. Spot the issue, come up with solutions, and solve the problem; leaving your boss to continue with his or her task and confidence and knowledge that any adversity in the office will be taken care of without the boss’s intervention.

 

Stand up for your beliefs and ideas

Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, but do this with respect and in a proper manner. Challenging your boss is a professional and respectful way will demonstrate your self-confidence in your personal abilities and knowledge in your job.

 

Take an interest in your boss passions

Make a point of finding out about your boss’s personal passions or hobby and take an interest in the activity. For example, if your boss enjoys golf make sure to watch the tournament over the weekend so that you can discuss and talk about the best golfers or perhaps join your boss for a round of golf. Or find out what your boss is reading and go out and buy the book so that you can talk about the main points and ideas. Showing an interest in your boss’s passions and hobbies will definitely be appreciated and may get you some one-on-one time with your boss to show off your skills, expertise and competencies.

 

Show your long term commitment and loyalty to your company

It is rare that young employees will remain in the same company for life, it cannot hurt to think and act in the long term interest of the company. Taking an interest in the mission and long term goals of the the company will show loyalty and professionalism. Find out about the company’s key customers and products of the company and find out ways to support and achieve company growth. Align your personal career development and goals with the mission and goals of the company. Doing this will demonstrate your value to the company which, in turn, can lead to you being noticed by your boss and end up in a promotion.

How to leave a job on short notice without harming your reputation

Quit your job on short notice

 

Have you been offered a new job that you cannot refuse and your new employers want you to start yesterday? How can you quit your job without ruining your relationship with your current employer and avoid leaving a huge mess behind when you leave.

Quitting a job without providing your employer an adequate notice period is always a shock, however employers only worry and care about the effects and repercussions it will have on the business operations. Should you find yourself in a position that you have to leave your current employment immediately, you must make sure that your departure is smooth and painless for the company you are leaving.  If you can accomplish this, then your hasty departure will not burn any bridges or damage your reputation.

 

Think of leaving like taking a vacation

Taking a vacation, in essence, is like leaving your job for a short period of time. When you go on vacation a few things can happen. One, work will pile up when you depart. Two, a temp will take over your work load. Three, your work load is delegated to another employee whilst you are on vacation. Assuming you know the procedures you need to take when you take a vacation, then begin putting that plan into action:

  • Delegate your work load to co-workers to asset you whilst you away and complete any unfinished projects or tasks
  • If temps are assigned for employees who take a vacation, then discuss replacement options with your supervisor or manager and make sure your work load is transferred.
  • If you leave your work to pile up while on vacation, then you need to make good notes and instructions and leave this in a place that is easily accessible for a fellow employee to find and take over without causing too much disruption to the business operations. This will help the individual who take over your work load and your job as well as keep you boss happy.

 

Help and asset to find a suitable replacement

In order to leave on good terms and keep your reputation in tact, you must assist your boss to find a replacement so that there is no big disruption to that daily operations of your soon to be former company. Given you cannot become the HR department and become a recruiter, however you can put a good word and use your network to try find a person with the necessary experience and expertise to take over your position. Use social networks like Linkedin, Facebook, and Google+ where people can share the position and details. You might not succeed but at least you will be able to demonstrate to your boss that you are making every effort to assist and make your departure as smooth as possible.

 

Complete any unfinished projects or delegate work to another employee

Most of the time when you need to leave a job immediately without the adequate notice period, in all likelihood you will have some tasks and projects that are unfinished. You need to find a way to take care of any unfinished work or delegate any unfinished work to another individual. After your departure, permit your boss to call you if there are any questions or issues that arise over the next 2 weeks. in essence you place yourself in a position as a free consultant for 2 weeks in place of your notice period that you should have given. The best solution is to delegate all your projects and tasks. Make sure that the person taking over your work load understand what has to be done and assist them to get acclimated.

 

Offer your boss any further assistance

You might take care of all the possible and inevitable issues that might arise due to your hasty departure. However, in order to not burn any bridges and damage your reputation, you need to go thee extra mile to please your boss. Ask your supervisor, manager, boss what you can do to make your departure as smooth as possible and make the transition as seamless as possible. try make your boss’s life easier in order to avoid any conflict so the best way to do this is ask how you can assist.

 

The company will move on after your departure

Leaving a job without the proper notice period will, in most instances, create a crisis and stress for the company and you probably risk burning some bridges if you do not manage your departure responsibly. Remember, the company and office existed before you got there and will continue to exist after you leave. Even if were an employee that worked harder than anyone else in the the office, remember the success of the business  did not and will not hinge on you alone. Your departure will not make or break the company. Even if your boss think the world of you and values you highly, in the grand scheme of things your position in the company does not really matter. The business will continue to function without you and believe it or not the damage you cause by your hasty departure will soon be forgotten and be a minor issue once your leave.

A hasty departure is not the end of the world, however it does need a little responsibility and care but don’t go overboard. The easier you make it for your former employer to easier it will be to avoid burning any bridges and to keep your reputation in tact.

 

Source: lifehacker.com