5 Top Slices Of Career AdvicePosted: 14th of May 2015 by
We understand that there are hundreds of blogs and web-pages out there offering career advice, but which do you trust? They can’t all be right, besides, when are you expected to find the time to read them all? When it comes to career advice you need something quick, easy, and effective. Sure, you will also want to seek out some more personalised advice to suit your chosen career goals, but here we present 5 top slices of general career advice – direct from career guidance professionals!
1. Leave Your Comfort Zone
You will never grow or develop your skills if you aren’t willing to leave your comfort zone from time-to-time. Try to recognise and improve on your weaknesses to make yourself more employable. The more skills you can acquire the more companies will want to hire you. This may mean that you have to pick up a few skills outside of your favoured field, just to fill in the gaps. For example, just because public speaking isn’t your thing, it doesn’t mean that you may never have to do it. Besides, the more you stretch the boundaries, the looser they become.
2. Surround Yourself With The Best People
If you are a boss or a manager, you will want the best people you can find. It only makes sense that a business would want only the best people they can find, and you should be the same. Don’t let yourself be held back by negativity, but instead seek out people who can inspire you, people you can learn from, and people who can help you progress. This is not to say you shouldn’t seek to help others too, but that you will be far more motivated if those around you are too.
3. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
When you are doing your job, actions speak louder than words. Talking a good job is different from actually doing it and genuinely demonstrating your worth. In fact, most managers are able to spot those who try to bluff their way up the career ladder. Instead put your effort into delivering results. Solve problems and have an impact at work, look at the solution rather than the problem. Of course, don’t let others take the praise, and make sure your work is seen by those who matter – but overall, always do the job as best you can.
4. Work Hard (Where It Matters)
There’s no shortcuts here. You simply cannot find a substitute for hard work. However, you also need to think about where and when you put in your hardest work. You don’t want to burn out by going at full pace all the time, so you want to make sure you apply your hard work where it really matters. Make your boss’ priorities your own, and try to see the bigger picture. By understanding the needs of the business rather than just the area where you work, you are already mentally positioning yourself to be a manager. However, without putting in the work, you simply won’t get ahead.
5. Do What You Love
This classic slice of advice has come in for a lot of criticism recently. But, when placed within context, it still has a lot to offer. If you do what you love you will surely enjoy your work and thrive. However, you should also expect to have to put in some hard work from time to time, as well as having to do some things you may not enjoy so much (see ‘Leave Your Comfort Zone’ above). Finding a job that you love seems like a dream for many, but it is important to at least enjoy aspects of your job. If every day at work is a waking nightmare from beginning to end you are in the wrong job – and that could be bad for your health. Sure, you may not be able to do what you love all the time, but at least try to find a role that won’t leave you feeling defeated!
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