Building your dream career doesn't have to be challenging. With a few little changes, it is possible to advance in your career and meet or exceed all your professional objectives. To help you onto the road to success, we are providing twelve ways to build a successful career.
The learning process should never end as we age, especially when it comes to our professional life. If you want to build a successful career, you must be willing to look for ways to improve yourself, whether you are the head of the company or only starting out in the industry. Knowledge is power, so read as many books as possible, take a course to advance in your career and absorb all you can to stand out in your chosen field.
- Focus on Solutions Not Problems
Stop focusing on all the problems you are facing in your career and start thinking about the best solutions. Adopting a proactive mindset will allow you to adapt to any challenges, so you can resolve the problem as soon as possible to move forward. There is a solution to your problem, you just need to find it.
- Boost Your Motivation
There might be times when you want to take a day off, call in sick or you may doubt why you want the career in the first place. Yet, it is important not to lose passion for your dream vocation or you may never reach your goals. Don't allow a career slump to stop you from achieving your goals and instead look for ways to stay motivated in your work.
- Work Alongside the Right People
Increase your chances of success by surrounding yourself with can-do people, as their positive, proactive mindset may impact your attitude, productivity and creativity. Work with people who are willing to go above and beyond to get the job done, which will allow you to learn from their experience and attitude. They can also help to feed your ambition.
- Be Resilient
Everyone will be forced to overcome some form of challenge in their career. It is, therefore, your resilience that can be the difference between success and failure. Don't allow obstacles to stand in the way of your goals and instead look for ways to jump over hurdles and recover from small and large setbacks. Perseverance and hard work will ensure you enjoy more highs than lows throughout your career.
- Start Networking
Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. Determine your own future by building connections within your industry, which could lead to a rewarding connection with a like minded individual. Network with new people on LinkedIn to form new business relationships, and don't be afraid to pass on your knowledge, advice or insights to become a thought leader in your industry.
- Build Sincere Relationships
Don't aim to form meaningless relationships you don't care about simply to advance your career. Networking is about building genuine relationships over formal connections. Be sincere and positive in your approach, and be willing to help others as much as they are willing to help you. You will get back what you put in, so allow your sincerity to shine through to gain and maintain a connection's loyalty.
- Choose a Career that Makes You Happy
Believe it or not, happiness is not a by-product of success. It is a staple ingredient. Don't embark on a career for the money or recognition, because all that should be a bonus later in your profession. Instead, build a career that makes you happy. Pleasure in your work will make you jump out of bed that little bit early, and finish a job a little later in the day. It can also result in increased productivity, focus, creativity and ambition. If you're not happy in the job, you may never reach your full potential.
- Maintain Your Manners
Appreciation and friendliness can push you further in your career, as you can build great relationships with your employer, clients, employees or customers. Never underestimate the importance of "please" or "thank you" in business, regardless of your position. It can help you establish great relationships with people to climb up the career ladder, develop a more productive workforce or to create long-lasting relationships with customers or clients.
- Raise Your Standards
Raising your standards means you will strive for perfection, so you are more likely to reach your career goals. Professionals with high standards are more likely to become successful in their industry. To raise your standards, reflect on your current standards every two to three months to identify how you can raise your values or standards. For example, you can strive to form relationships with more established business connections or to thank more customers each month.
- Create a Professional Resume
Your resume is your introduction to a prospective employer, so it must reflect who you are and what you do. For example, if you are a graphic designer, a boring CV template will not showcase your talents, which is why you must create a resume that grabs an employer's attention while showing off your skills. Consider your strengths and ensure you showcase them to the best of your ability on your CV, which could help you secure your dream career over another candidate.
- Push Yourself Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Don't allow fear to stop you from going after your dreams. If public speaking is a problem, face your fear and give a presentation in front of your peers. If you are scared to launch your business from the ground up, start off small and work your way up until you have the confidence to quit your job and officially launch your new company. You'll be glad you did.
Don't wait for opportunities to come to you and take control of your professional future. Building your dream career will take time, hard work and a bucket load of determination. If you persevere, maintain your motivation and strive to build excellent relationships within your industry, the road to success might be shorter than you think.
Shawn Manaher is a former financial advisor, has founded 5 online businesses, and is a coach, speaker, podcast host, and author. He's been featured on Forbes, The Consults Corner on TAE Radio, The Writing Biz, What's Your Story, and more.