CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 20, 2016
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3 Things You Need to Do Early on in Your Career for Long-Term Success

Long-term success is not an unattainable dream. All you need to do is to dedicate yourself to your work early on.. These are the steps you should take.

The transition between student life and what we call ‘the real world’ is not easy for everyone. In fact, if you’re struggling to stand on your own two feet after college you may find yourself thinking that success is never going to happen to you and settle for that. But, the reality is that although the transition is not easy for everyone, that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to make long-term success more likely.

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The advice below will help set you on the path that will lead to long-term success, but keep in mind that the secret ingredients to success are dedication and determination.

1. Spend More Time on LinkedIn Than on Facebook

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And I mean that both literally and metaphorically. LinkedIn is a professional network; it’s the sort of place where you make connections with people that you’d never dream of having access to your bar crawl pics from the other night. It’s the kind of place where you want people to know of your accomplishments, whereas Facebook is the kind of place you go to have fun. Although there’s nothing wrong with fun, it’s important that you focus on achieving as much as possible in your career in the early stages which means that you should voluntarily try to take on more projects and responsibilities at work.

2. Make a Business Card

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I know that business cards seem obsolete these days when most of our work is done online, but a business card is still essential for all young professionals. Passing your business card to someone (rather than your social media user name) adds a level of seriousness which you need as a young professional. That doesn’t mean that your business card shouldn’t have a link to your personal website or your LinkedIn information, on the contrary, it should most definitely include information on how you can be accessed online. It just adds a level of professionalism that younger people are often accused of not having.

If you don’t want to spend any money on getting someone to design your business card, worry not because we have your back. You can find tons of free business card templates here.

3. Make a Personal Website

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Although building a personal website might be time-consuming you still need to find the time to do it. A personal website will help you get noticed (how many young professionals out there do you think have taken the time to build a personal website? That’s right, not that many).

A personal website makes you look serious about your career, and it also helps you build your personal brand. It makes you trustworthy in the sense that people know who they’re dealing with, what you’ve accomplished so far and what you aspire to achieve in the future.

If you’re serious about building a personal website then here you’ll find everything you need to include on your site to make it as professional looking as possible.

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The most important thing to remember is that to succeed you need to be serious about it.

Have you taken any of the three steps mentioned above? Let us know in the comment section below...

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