How to solidify your career when just starting out

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There is a huge difference between job and career. A job is something temporary you use to pay for gas in high school or pay bills as you develop toward a career. As you start settling down, paying the bills simply isn’t enough, and you want something more satisfying, permanent, and more a part of you: a career. Here are some tips to solidify your future and get the career you want.

Manage Your Image
One of the most important things to help build and solidify your career is maintaining a positive image. Be careful to not post offensive things on social media, and keep your image, both physical and virtual, well maintained. Dress well and take care of your appearance in little ways. Don’t be the smelly person at the office!

Keep a Positive Attitude
People want to work with others who have a positive attitude, and it will help you achieve your goals. If you go throughout your work day with a positive attitude and positive affirmations in your head, this energy will translate into success. Negative thoughts can drag you down and slow your progress with networking and getting further up the ladder. When you are positive and happy, people will want to be around you and will speak highly of you.

This positive attitude becomes particularly important when you face adversity. It’s important not to let small hiccups ruin your mentality. For example, if you get laid off at one job use it to propel you forward instead of dwelling on the negative.

Raise Your Expectations
You constantly want to grow as a person and an employee. This means pushing yourself. Look at your weak points in work. If you work in sales and have higher numbers than anyone else, give yourself a harder goal. If you work in the tech field, constantly study new innovations and programs, even off of the clock. If you need to work on organization, spend the time after work one day to get your desk organized and be sure to come up with a plan to maintain this organization. Always push yourself and learn more, or achieve a new goal.

Utilize Resources
One of the biggest things that people forget is that there are a number of resources all around them they can use to improve their position at work. Use the knowledge of your superiors, use training tools, use the internet, and use your colleagues to learn and accomplish as much as possible. Don’t neglect your own experience and time in the industry to learn and find out new things.

Gaining a career takes time and it can be difficult to get the hang of pushing yourself to do more. Use these tips to improve your success and get you where you want to be. With the right skills and background, you can achieve the position you want.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information on getting paid after a job is over see New York severance attorney Robert Ottinger or contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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