10 Tips To Upgrading Your Career And Increasing Your Salary
A career that is unsatisfying is not a lost cause. There are things that you can do to propel your career to the next level and get the salary that you want and deserve. It takes a little work but it can be done. You don't have to remain in a career that has you in a rut, if you really want a change in your life, take the reins, take charge and go for it! These ten tips will help give you a jumpstart to kicking up your career.
1. Create your own CAP (Career Action Plan)
Take some time to consider your career objectives. Where would you like to see your career going? What is your ultimate career goal? Jot this down and draw up a clear, concise goals as well as a plan to help you get there.
2. Give your resume a facelift
Write your resume for the job that you want. Highlight your professional accomplishments and note any special projects you've worked on for your job. Get a professional to take a look and advise you on any modifications that you need to make. Additionally utilize management as a resource for advice.
3. Keep your skills fresh and current
Stale skills won't get you far. Continuing education can help keep your skills up to date. Take an online course or try some evening classes to keep your skills sharp and make sure that you keep up with changes in your industry. Upgrading your skills will help justify a higher salary as well as increased responsibility.
4. Let them know that you are an asset
If you want that promotion; you need to toot your own horn a little. Let management know the things that you bring to your job and the contributions that you make. Talk about your career goals and let them know about your accomplishments. Give those accomplishments impact by assigning a dollar amount (i.e. I streamlined operations and cut costs by 34% last month). Give examples of how your accomplishments changed a process or company for the better.
5. Go pro and obliterate your competition
Professional certifications can help you a great deal. They make you stand out from the rest by showing your commitment and ambition. Many certifications can establish you as an expert while developing your skills. Additionally, most companies pay more for employees who hold IT and professional certifications.
6. Find yourself a Career Coach
A good career coach can help you meet your goals and really boost your chances for progressing in your career. They will give you valuable tips for success, not just professionally but often personally as well. A career coach can step back as an outsider and identify trouble areas then advise you on the best course of action to address the issues impeding your progress.
7. Brand yourself
In marketing, when a product becomes very well known and highly recognizable, basically a household name, it is considered to be branded. You can do the same. Always capitalize on your strengths, what are you good at? What are you known for? Hone these special skills and market them in your cover letters and resumes. Remember that your behavior in the workplace, networking functions and your communication skills will speak volumes about you.
8. Make your own success
You can put yourself ahead of the game by creating high profile opportunities that set you apart from the others. Pitch ideas to upper management to create opportunities for yourself. Volunteer for special projects that will give you an edge as well as impressive accomplishments to add to your resume.
9. Find a mentor
A mentor can help guide you on your career path and give you guidance, advice and support. Many times they can open doors for you that would otherwise remain closed. Often, your mentor is a person who has worked or is working in your industry. They know the ins and outs and how to play the game. One of the best ways to find a mentor is to network with people in your industry and within your current company.
10. Get polished and get noticed
You will certainly have the attention of upper management if you are an effective speaker and are skillful at presentations and in your day-to-day communication. If you are uncomfortable with public speaking take a class or join toastmaster. Effective communication skills are much too important to ignore.
These tips will help you get the job that you want. Just stick with it and remember that success takes commitment and drive, but most of all, you have to believe - in yourself.
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