How to build your Career?

How to build your Career?

Having a successful career will offer you a lot of benefits and real profitable opportunities. As we live in a world governed by social status and money, working your way up to the top will definitely improve your quality of life. There are many possible reasons for which an individual would desire success.

One of the reasons is that maybe by being successful in your professional life makes you feel better among other people. It offers you a feeling of security and accomplishment. Many people who went from zero to a successful career have reported that their lives were improved in almost all the aspects.

There are certain habits and activities that successful people from all over the world do. The best way of approaching success is by following and figuring out what are the strategies that professionals use, and model them according to your needs.

The following seven working strategies will give you enough boosts to improve your career.

Identify with Your Goals

To identify and prioritize your career goals, think about what you have to do, should do and want to do. To advance your career, ask yourself these three questions:

  • What do I have to do?

Whether you choose outcome or execution, what is important is to get down to the grit and set some goals. Remember your vision and identify all possible goals attached to it. Fantasize deeply. Again, goal setting is the most important step in planning. Compared to just collecting tasks, with goals you are taking a step back first by separating the desired outcome from its course of action.

First, get clarity on what you want to achieve. Then, find the best ways to get there. Goal setting is not an easy task. Take your time and choose wisely. Be sure to include different aspects of both your business and life.

You must do these to advance your career. Focus on them, or run the risk of not getting ahead.

  • What should I do?

This question captures the thoughts that have been in the back of your mind for some time or the ideas that may scare you. It could be moving to a larger geographic market with more opportunities or putting in the time and effort to get an article published about your research. These are the things you know will help you to advance but you have put off doing for one reason or another.

  • What do I want to do?

Ask yourself what it is that you want to do with your career. What is it that excites you? What has been on your wish list for some time? Try not to think about resource and time constraints. Don’t get bogged down in logistics. This is your opportunity to dream.

As the saying goes“If you can dream it, you can do it.” While doing what you have to and should be doing to advance your career, think about what you want and start taking the steps that will get you there.

It can be overwhelming or confusing if you lack an understanding of your goals. Use these three questions to help you know what you are after and go get it.

Build a Professional Resume

Creating a resume can be challenging when you start thinking about all the information you need to share with prospective employers. Your employment history, educational background, skills, and qualifications need to be presented in a way that will help you get picked for a job interview. Rather than a simple list of the jobs you have held, it’s important to include information specific to the positions for which you’re applying.

Become Aware of Your Strengths & Weakness

It’s not unusual for people to compare themselves with others around them, and to feel superior or inferior towards them based on their strengths and their weaknesses.

The thing is, every individual is different and we all function differently based on our personalities. It is important to know yourself and your capacities. Your strengths are things you can leverage on, things you can use to push yourself further.

On the other hand, your weaknesses are not your downfall. These are areas you need to improve on. It is not something you lack. It is something you need to develop and build.

In order to hold your strengths and improve on your weaknesses, you first need to know them.

  • Knowing your personal strengths

Your biggest personal strength would be something that comes very easily for you. Take some time and think about what comes naturally for you. It could be anything.

  • Knowing your weaknesses

It is equally important to know your weaknesses as much as knowing your strengths.

Your weaknesses hold you back from achieving many great things. Weaknesses are areas that you have the power to improve. It can be anything ranging from professional to social skills.

Assume Full Responsibility for Your Life

You are totally responsible for your life. This is the fundamental principle you must embrace if you plan for happiness and success in life and work. For many people, everything is someone else’s fault. Every problem can be explained away with reasons why they can’t affect the situation or the outcome, especially at work.

But without taking responsibility, you’re all the more likely to look at your career as a failure because you allowed any passing wind to blow you around, all the while blaming the wind for how things turned out. When you fail to responsibly guide your direction and outcomes, you set the stage for creating an unhappy life – a life that fulfills none of your dreams and aspirations.

People, who take complete responsibility for their lives, experience the joy and control of circumstances. They are able to make choices because they understand that they are responsible for their choices.

Indeed, even when events that are not under your control go awry, you can at the very least determine how you will react to the event. You can make an event a disaster or you can use it as an opportunity to learn and to grow.

The most important regard of taking responsibility for your life is to acknowledge that your life is your responsibility. No one can live your life for you. You are in charge. No matter how hard you try to blame others for the events of your life, each event is the result of choices you made and are making.

Always Raise Your Standards

A standard is a statement about how you live your life, for example, I am a person who is always positive. It specifies the level of behavior that you follow. To raise the quality of your life, set higher standards. To achieve financial security, you could say, I am a person, who saves X percent in order to have a financial reserve.

Standards are things you set for yourself, by no longer putting up with less than what you are capable of doing. When you get into the groove of continuously setting new standards for things you authorize in yourself, you will boost your pattern of behavior to higher levels and be able to hold yourself to them. Standards are codes of behavior that you choose to live by because you know they will make your life contended. Because they are the things that you personally honor, you need not declare them to the outside world. The standards can be about your work-life balance, health, soul, relationship, approach to finances, and just about any area of life that you wish to improve. The standards are about, who you are now, not the promise of what you will become…

People, who set low standards, usually don’t realize it because whatever standards they have set, seem normal. Picking up the challenge to do anything different is initially intolerable. However, you will not achieve your true potential and will continue to operate on a drain basis. Having low standards entails breaking promises made to oneself and feeling guilty about it. You may be left with a feeling of being cheated because you did not do what could have been doable with your caliber, all this drains energy. People with low standards, tend to run on a low emotional charge, they don’t love or respect themselves enough. A negative spiral begins when self-esteem drops and one doubt’s one’s self-worth. This in turn impacts self-esteem and the cycle repeats itself.

Brand Yourself

Personal branding is an often referenced term that promises to open doors and position you for success and glory. But as more experts enter our field telling us what exactly it takes to be an expert, it’s easy to lose focus as to why you’re doing it, and what exactly you need to do to make your brand stand out.

Should you dress differently? Is it about how you speak? Is it what you post on social media?

Today almost every individual has a ‘personal brand’ – whether you’ve consciously enlightened it or not. Beyond your industry reputation and the general impression you make on people, it’s now a digital footprint across time and space, unconsciously crowd-sourced by friends, colleagues and employers.

Regardless of age, position, the business we are in or the stage of our career, all of us need to understand the importance of personal branding.

Network – Regularly

Networking is all about opportunities and connections. When you meet new people, you basically get a chance to use their skills to your advantage. Of course, you must also give back something: your services, your knowledge, your money. Successful people always network and create those life-lasting profitable relationships.

For most professionals, “networking” typically refers to the professional activity of making meaningful connections with people outside of your own company, literally with the clear-cut purpose of finding a new employer or new business opportunities.

But, did you realize that you could be networking right now, in your current position and that this could help you to advance your career? Networking is all about connecting with the right people and mould relationships that will be mutually beneficial. Internal networking, or networking at your current employer, can be a powerful tool for progress, professional development, and growth.

Conclusion

Building a successful career takes time, effort, and patience. If you are willing to sacrifice some free time and you are willing to get out of your comfort zone, you will succeed. It’s not that hard, honestly. It just takes courage and dedication to follow everything that you’ve targeted.

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