Top Tips For Career Development

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Whether you’re looking to move your career up to the next level or make a clean break and try out a whole new career, presenting yourself as the skilled professional will help others see you as you would like to be seen.

  1. Put yourself in line for promotion
    Many people assume that getting a better job means changing employer, but there are often great opportunities for progression with your existing employer, and not just in the part of the company you currently work in. If you’re working a small company, chances are you’ll know pretty much what everyone’s doing and who’s heading where. In larger companies, there’s likely to be a lot going on elsewhere that you may not know about, especially in other departments. It’s well worth keeping an eye on internal newsletters or notice boards, as well as refining your internal networking techniques.
  2. Step back to move forward
    Much of the negativity associated with taking a step back in your career is psychological. But, earning less now could put you in line for a quicker rise to the top, especially if you move to a company renowned for allowing a fast-track path to management.
  3. Pick the right moment to move
    If you do decide to leave your company, quitting at the wrong time can hit you in the pocket. Leaving before youve found a new job is not very sensible. It’s much easier to find a job when you already have one. Long periods of unemployment sends out a bad signal to a future employer – with all sorts of questions about why you left, and could leave you out of work for longer than you think.
  4. Consider relocation
    In some industries, it’s not uncommon to find that that the type of job you’re after simply isn’t available locally. Alternatively, it may be the case that your company is moving offices. Showing a willingness to relocate demonstrates real commitment and will mark you out from the crowd.
  5. Make a career change
    Many people complain about their work or see it as a necessary evil, but it doesn’t need to be that way. If you think you’d rather be somewhere else on a Monday morning, take control and do something positive to change your situation. Changing career is not easy, but very achievable. Once you’ve convinced yourself it’s the best thing for you and have the hard evidence to back this up, it’s going to be much easier to persuade a potential employer.Find out as much as you can about your new industry by attending conferences or networking events and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry you’re heading towards. You’ll really impress your interviewer if you can show a dedication to the position, before you’re even in it.

I hope this has helped with advising you with developing your career and furthering yourself in the world of work.

For more advice don’t hesitate to pop into a branch where an adviser will be more than happy to elaborate and further discuss these topics.

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