We all live in an insanely busy world, and as much as we’d like to do everything in our power to help boost our career, for example that online course we’ve meant to take for the past two years, we just never have the time. And hey, who does? Most of us work the miserable 9 to 5, and when we get home we are just dead tired, and we neither have the mood nor the motivation to continue our education.
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Nonetheless, we all aspire to improve our careers; nobody wants to be stuck in an entry-level position for over a year, and we are all firm believers that our careers should advance steadily year by year. However, careers have never been known to advance by themselves and usually they require a push from us.
So, if you don’t have the time to invest in anything big that will rocket your career to the top of the food chain, here are some simple yet effective moves that will help you boost your career.
1. Stop Fighting With Your Boss
Bosses can be annoying as hell; they are rarely tolerant of anything not done exactly how they want it, and worse of all they have no trouble saying it. Most of us get frustrated with our bosses on a daily basis –if not hourly- but in order to boost your career you need to get on your boss’ good side.
So stop doing the things that annoy the hell out of them, even if they are stupid – for example, they think that the new website you designed is a shade too green- and just go with the flow. There’s no need to fight for the little things – because how will you ever be able to fight for the big ones - so follow your boss’ lead whenever you can and pay them a compliment every once a while. Also, ask about their pets, nothing beats that.
2. Schedule a Feedback Meeting
If there’s one thing that can seriously help you boost your career, it’s becoming better at your job. And to do that, you need to understand what your weaknesses are and where you can improve. Ask your boss to sit with you for a feedback meeting and ask them to tell you what you could improve.
Not only will you reap the rewards of knowing what you do wrong and how to fix it, but your motivation and will to improve will make your boss appreciate you more and come next time for promotions you’ll be on their mind.
3. Work on Your Team Work Skills
Colleagues are the bane of everyone’s existence, they talk too much when you don’t want them to and too little when you want them to. They are also gossipy and annoying as hell, but live with them we must until working remotely becomes the norm in every workplace.
However, colleagues are not only there to annoy you, they are also there to collaborate with and believe it or not, how you work with them can mean your success or your failure. Learn to have an open mind and accept that just because something can’t be done your way doesn’t mean that it’s doomed to fail. Understand that two minds are always better than one and that you can learn a lot by working with your colleagues.
Become the person who’s willing to help whenever someone is in trouble and this will speak to your leadership abilities.
4. Set New Goals
For your career to really advance, you need to know where you want it to go. Keep in mind that you can’t be an entry level employee and then wake up one day to become the CEO, there are stepping stones you need to have in your career in order to get where you want to go.
Make a timeline of what you hope to achieve over time in your career and work towards each goal one at a time. The more focused on each goal you are, the more results you will see and the faster you will arrive at your destination.
5. Become Positive
I know this is a cliché but it’s true that it can help boost your career. No one likes miserable people and we tend to avoid people who are pessimistic which is why you need to work on your outlook on life. Find something good in every situation and not only will you become everyone’s favourite person in the office, but you’ll also grow.
Positive people learn from every failure, and thus, they can improve themselves with every wrong step they take. This attitude can help you boost your career as you will be able to learn faster.
You don’t need much to make the most of your career; it just takes the right attitude and the right mindset.
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