CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 22, 2013
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Get Yourself Out of Your Rut and onto the Career Ladder

The feeling of being ‘stuck in a rut’ is one of the most depressing and difficult emotions to tackle. It is important not to bury your head in the sand, and to face your current situation head on. After all, you decide how your life will turn out and whether you achieve your career goals or not. Be proactive and determined to succeed and you will see a new turn of events that change your situation into something you are proud of.

Self Help Steps to Take

Getting out of your rut is probably the most challenging of all career moves to make. You will have become used to your daily routine and may even have had your confidence knocked to such an extent that you do not believe in yourself anymore. If this is the case, it is more important than ever that you follow this plan to get out of your career rut:

Step 1 - Make a Stand

Your career and the extent to which you achieve your career goals is ultimately up to you. Don’t rely on other people to make things happen for you; take responsibility and be confident in your decisions. Decide on what you want to do, the job title you aspire to have and the type of industry you wish to work in; once you have these mapped out, you can begin to make your move.

Step 2 – Location  

You may feel like you are stuck in a rut in your present job, or worse, if you are currently unemployed, there may be no jobs available near where you live! To remedy this situation you need to evaluate where you can move to in order to take advantage of favorable job opportunities. You may need to move to a new location in order to get the right job, but this is just a sacrifice you have to make in order to get yourself on the career ladder.

Step 3 - Plan!

You need to make a realistic plan of action. This will help you to accomplish job seeking success and enable you to keep track of your activity and monitor how close you are to achieving your career goals. A step by step plan is the most effective as this will enable you to plan every detail of your career move, ultimately making the plan easier and clearer to follow.

Step 4 - Enhance your online profile

Social media has become a focal point in e-recruitment and as such, in order for you to advance in today’s jobs market, you too need to make social media a focus! Sign up to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and keep these profiles professional. You will need to use them daily in order to network and interact with similar minded professionals and industry influencers. The more you use your social network to your advantage, the easier it will be to network your way to the job of your dreams.

Step 5 – Expand your network

There’s no time like the present - begin expanding your network now! Attend career fairs, industry events, professional membership gatherings, company social events, seminars and training courses to meet similar minded industry professionals and potential employers.  

Step 6 – Keep developing your skills

 

Your employability is what will ultimately secure you your dream job. It is therefore vital that you do not rest on your laurels; you may be qualified for the job of your dreams, but employers prefer individuals who continually try to excel and push themselves to achieve more. Keep developing your skills and always push yourself to exceed your own, and others, expectations.

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