Pursuing a new career goal isn’t easy… in fact, it’s not merely challenging, but confusing, as well. The steps to take towards a new career, a new position, a promotion or even a simple raise are not always clear. These five points just might help, however.
There are a lot of great books out there that can help to give you an edge. There’s a lot of useless self-help nonsense, too, but books like Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? and How to Talk to Anyone, Anywhere, at Any Time by Larry King among others can be tremendously helpful.
2. Give Yourself a Performance Review
Don’t wait for your employers to tell you what you’re doing right or wrong, figure it out for yourself. If you want a raise or a promotion, give yourself a fierce, uncompromising performance review. On that note…
3. Ask Your Boss
Ask your employer what you could be doing better. Not only will you get some useful answers, you’ll give an impression of yourself as a proactive employee who’s not afraid to take the initiative.
You can go online right now and do freelance gigs through sites like Craigslist and Fiverr. You might even land a job within the hour and be making money by the end of the day. You can do this in your spare time, on weekends, on lunch breaks, and start a small business in a field you have a passion for without quitting your dayjob.
Stop sharing cat videos on Facebook and Twitter, and start making contact with industry professionals and colleagues who can help you with advice and opportunities. Start real conversations with fellow professionals.
Doing one or two of these things now and then can help. With realistic goals and real ambition, doing some of them every day can make you unstoppable.