How to better your career path in 4 steps

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A stagnant career is something that numerous Americans constantly try to fix year after year. From trying to move up in the company you currently work for to looking for a whole new job altogether that offers better pay and benefits, the following tips will help you advance into that one position that you’ve always dreamed of.

Network Within Your Professional Community

It’s easy enough to sit around all day and email people from your home or office, but the most effective way to network with other people is to get out and go to local events, happy hours, seminars and any other type of social gathering you can think of. Always remember to bring plenty of business cards to hand out to everyone you meet.

Networking is essential to furthering your career because you’ll be able to make a personal connection with potential employers or professionals who maintain connections with powerful people.

Advance Your Education

While gaining more experience by going to school can help, obtaining a more relevant degree to many careers will help you even more. Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Relations, for example, is a great way to advance your career, whether or not you plan on finding employment in the same field. A public relations degree is great for any type of professional. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with executives in a business manner and manage your public image.

Accept Contract Work

One of the best ways to improve your career path is to look for consulting work. This allows you to learn a new skill on a part time basis, earn some extra money and acquire professional references to use in the future.

If you currently find yourself unemployed, focusing on contract work will not only bring in some extra money, but you’ll also be able to leverage your position to help you get a more permanent role with the same company in the future.

Do More Than the Minimum

If you’re more productive at work, your boss will take notice. Improving a simple process to make it more efficient or finding a way to make the company more productive will definitely help your management prospects down the road.

Being able to exceed expectations in every aspect of your professional career is the best way to further your long term goals. Not only will you impress your current boss, you’ll be able to build out a more professional resume as well.

This is a guest post from Rachelle Wilber. Rachelle is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber

  • These are fantastic points Scot. Another thing that I had personally helped me out was finding a Mentor. My mentor helped me to take my career to the next level and gave me the insider insight that assured of being on the right path. Therefore, for the readers, If there’s a career you’re interested in, you might also check to see if any companies or people in that line of work would let you shadow them for a few days to see what it’s really like before step right in!

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