Are you frustrated in your present position at work? Do you feel you need a career change, or you think you should have been promoted? Well, it is a common feeling to almost everyone, but the difference is that the people who came out successful in such situations took some steps that you are yet to take. There are steps you could take, which will launch you to the next level. Moving to the next level usually requires taking the right step. And since our actions are usually based on knowledge, then I’m sure you are at the right place to get knowledge. Every one desires to experience career growth, but only the few with understanding and knowledge are at the top. The truth is that the top is not only made for those who people see as exceptional. I still recall the words of Jim Rohn who said “Income seldom exceeds personal development.” These words of Jim Rohn have been actualised in the lives of those we see at the top. Their leadership qualities are visible; they take risks and work harder on themselves than their career because they know that in personal development lies what attracts the right income. Changing jobs, getting a new job or wanting to grow in an organisation don’t just occur by fluke or by chance, but takes conscious effort. Here are simple career tips that can give you a lip:
Tip 1: Dress the path: No matter how exceptional you are, employers are usually put off when you don’t dress the path. Most people think to dress well is to be expensive. No! What good dressing requires from you is to be smart and sharp. Ne-yo a popular a American musician known for having a good dress sense was of the view that “When you’re dressing on a budget, simplicity is the key.” You need to know what to wear, how to wear and when to wear what, when going to the office, an interview or to meet a client. This is very important because as the popular saying goes “the way you are dressed is the way you will be addressed.” No matter the content you have inside, the first impression people have about you when they meet you is very important. The feeling they have at what they see is what is going to inform their attitude and mentality towards you. In fact, there is a culture of dressing for every job. For someone working in an office, there is a dress culture; you are not expected to dress as an engineer working in the field. They are two different worlds apart. As job seekers you are expected to dress neat and sharp. In fact, I usually advise that their inner white shirt should be sparkling white free of dirt on the collar. A good dress sense goes ahead to boost your confidence in an interview, at work and gives you the opportunity for people a first positive impression of you.
Tip 2: Have a good resume: This is where many are missing it. They want a career change, but they are not properly represented in their resume. What your resume does for you is that it gives the employer an opportunity to have an insight into how resourceful you can be to his organisation. When you are not reflecting this you will definitely be missing out. There is a proper structure for a resume. And you’re expected to follow such patterns. And if you find it as a difficult task, there are online tools that can do it as a free service or a paid service, some of which include: trwconsult.com, editmycv.com, visualcv.com, amongst others.
Tip 3: Know the terms: This is a major challenge to even most professionals. For every career path there are terms associated with it and these terms are what show how professional we are on the job. The use of the right terms goes a long way to boost confidence in anyone reading your mail, proposal, or any other type of business document that you have prepared. The jargon of a profession is a sign of a professional outlook. Kingsman Brewster was of the opinion that “Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.” Your ability to understand and convince prospects and clients of your profession shows how in-depth you have grown in that career path. While for those seeking employment it is very important that they also learn and understand the terms of the profession they are seeking. This is because during the interview, interviewers usually watch out for the jargon of the profession. For instance someone who wants to work in the drilling exploration section of the oil and gas is expected to know that the mud that is released in a drill bit is called a fluid. Without that, the interviewer will probably know that such individual is not familiar with that sector. The image that portrays is the image of an unprofessional person.
Tip 4: Do your research: There is always research to be done on every job. The fact remains that when you are given a specific role in an organisation. The details of the job will only be given to you on a peripheral level. It is expected of you to do more research and get in-depth information about the job. Acceptable phase of any information is always known to everyone doing similar jobs. But to produce extra-ordinary result, then you must go the extra mile to discover the unusual which will put you on that pedestrian where you will stand out. I call that the perfect phase. This phase is not known to all but only to those who can do an in-depth research. If you are seeking an employment or trying to change jobs, then you must also research to get valuable information about the organisation. This will help you speak from an informed position when you go for an interview.
Tip 5: Work Diligently: Diligence goes a long way to make a difference. “Do you see a person who is efficient in his work? He will serve kings. He will not serve unknown people.” What diligence does for you is that it puts your skill to work and the more you use your skills to work the more you become skillful. It means that you have multiplied the skills you have. Multiplication of skills does not come by indolence and lazy attitude; you must take deliberate steps to see your skills multiply. Just as the popular American businessman Jim Rohn said “Little things we build end up building us.” If you want to multiply in skill, then you must work diligently and take conscious effort to make your career take a leap.