CAREER DEVELOPMENT / FEB. 14, 2015
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8 Pragmatic Ways to Shift Your Career From Zero to Hero

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Building a career is difficult. It takes a lot of time, effort, and even social connection in order for you to find the best path towards a successful career.

For lucky people, this path is already paved by their parents. They are the successors of their family business so they have all the money and time they need to take whatever job they want. Sadly, not everyone is lucky. Most people are forced to work in low paying jobs and take two or three part time jobs, just to pay for their piling debts. These hindrances make the chase for a stable career somewhat futile.

For a determined person, however, nothing is impossible through hard work. If you are one of those career oriented people tired of working hard without getting equal salary and recognition, follow these tips to help you:

Create Realistic Career Goals

There are so many questions you need to answer in order for you to create a realistic goal. Do you want to become a manager or pursue a different career? Do you want to find a job you’ll love? Are your skills enough to achieve your dream job? Think about these questions and begin making your goals. Start with short term goals, those that you can achieve early. Then, your long term goals, the career you really want to achieve. Write them on paper to help you plan easily.

Observe the Law of Attraction

Rhonda Byrne shares with us “The Secret” in getting what people want in life: it is positive thinking. It is the most powerful tool to attract success in your career. Sure, there will always be problems along the way, which may make you yield, but you have to stay strong. Believe that you deserve to get all positive things going in your life and do everything to get them. As Byrne said, “See the things that you want as already yours.”

Read Self-Help Books

You can’t achieve your plans on your own; you have to ask for help from the experts. Where can you get professional advice? The self-help section of a bookstore! Reading this genre gives you a different perspective in life and helps you reach your goals easily. It also helps you recognize where you are going wrong so that you can change your approach. It helps you to become a better person, so when you are promoted or you shift careers, you’ll have a fresher outlook about your work.

Enrol On Virtual Courses

Continue developing your cognitive ability by enrolling in virtual courses. Online classes are convenient because you can study whenever you’re comfortable. What’s more, it doesn’t disrupt you from your day job. Contrary to popular belief, online classes offer an equal, if not better, quality of education to traditional classes. They also give certificates that you can use to boost your resume.

Learn New Technical Skills

Technical skills are very in demand today. Knowing one or two of these skills, makes you a sought after employee. Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight suggested the top technical skills of 2015 are:

  • Coding
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Visualization
  • User experience Design
  • Big Data Analysis

Yes, these skills are difficult to master, but remember nothing is impossible. Do this as part of your short term goals to make your long term plans achievable.

Improve Current Skills

You should study new skills, technical or not, but this does not mean you should stop honing the skills you already have. Actually, it is more practical to improve your present skills than learn something new (but doing both is better). You can buy books, enrol in classes, or watch YouTube videos. Improving your skills is also a good opportunity to break free from the repetitive work routine.

Update Your Resume

If you feel like you are not growing in your current job, then update your resume, but be sure to do it right. If you are having problems with it, you can get assistance from professional resume writing services like Resumes Planet or watch tutorial videos.

Make Your Social Media Accounts Career Oriented

Never underestimate the power of your social media accounts to help you achieve your dream career. You should own a LinkedIn account because plenty of job hunters use its massive database to find great employees. Remember to update your information and add a professional photo. Other sites like Facebook or Twitter can also affect your job hunt, so always think before you post anything on these accounts. Remember, there are people who get rejected/fired because of what they post on social media.

It is difficult to be successful at work. Many people are left sulking about their boring jobs but do nothing about them. Don’t be like them! Dream big, be proactive and follow these tips to change your career from hero to zero.

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