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If you want to advance your career you’ll need to take a more active role in the trajectory. While there are some aspects of career advancement that lie outside of your control (like the economy, company growth or stagnation, etc.) there are some things you can do to help ensure you get the advancement opportunities you desire.
Here’s a collection of tips and advice from career experts and mentors who have advanced their careers. What tip would you include?
Tips to Advance Your Career
Join a professional association for your industry or position
This is commonly overlooked, especially these days, but joining a professional association can do wonders for your career advancement. If you join one and attend meetings regularly you’ll likely be able to access great resources for continuing education, networking, learning, and employment.
You’ll be able to mingle with top professionals in your industry and the relationships you form will help you in the future. When someone in the group leaves one opportunity for the next, they can refer you to the position.
Get a mentor and listen to them
Finding someone who will mentor you is one of the single most important keys to success. It’s important that you have someone to show you the ropes, introduce you to the right people, and encourage you to take action.
In Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, she says, “I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.”
Sheryl Sandberg says, 'I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.'Click To Tweet
Keep a list of wins (big and small) for your resume and performance reviews
It’s important to keep a running list of your wins. This can and should include everything from positive letters from clients to awards and acknowledgments for your work. Print or save any hard evidence, as well, that you can use to back up your claims in the future.
You can use items from this list for your portfolio or resume, and for performance reviews or when you ask for a raise or promotion.
Make sure you do this as the events occur because you never know when you’ll need to recall them, and it’s never fun to list your accomplishments when you’re under pressure to find a new job or argue your case for a raise.
Use items from your win list in your portfolio, resume, for performance reviews or to ask for a raise/promotion. Click To Tweet
Ask for more responsibility or opportunity
Is there a big project coming up that you know you’ll do well on? Are you itching to start making a move to a different position in the same company? Ask to branch out and take on some new or extra responsibility.
Become an expert
This can look like publishing regularly on LinkedIn or giving talks or lectures in your town or city. What matters is that you take the time to become the expert in your field. You can do this through your own blog, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. The larger your following the more credibility you gain and the more opportunities you’ll have.
You’ll be invited to speak, asked to publish, and offered jobs and opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise have as someone who is just working in the field.
Read: 7 Steps to Becoming an Expert in Your Field by Brian Horn on Entrepreneur.com
What have you done to help advance your career? What hasn’t worked for you? We want to help other professionals grow their careers and their professional skills. What tips would you share with them? Let’s chat about it in the comments.
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