Time to get cracking.
It’s never a good idea to sit back and wait for things to happen to you, particularly when it comes to your career.
Think about how much time and energy you’ve put into creating it – from those first dreams and ambitions in high school, to finding an actual job – and how good it felt when you received your first pay.
Now that I have graduated from a job to an actual career that I love, the last thing I want to do is sit back and wait for things to happen to me. I want to do all that I can to ensure I not only have job security, but I enjoy my work too. I’m not suggesting you stomp about throwing your weight around and demanding things. That’s how to achieve the opposite of what I am talking about.
But there are six simple steps you CAN take to improve your career today.
1. Request a performance review.
Many workplaces conduct regular performance reviews with staff – however, a surprising number still don’t, or forget to because the nature of the business is just too crazy-busy. So, ask for one. Ask your direct superior for a sit down to discuss your performance so you can figure out exactly where you stand and ways in which you can improve. A good employer will also listen to your feedback and take on suggestions.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by CareerOne. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
2. Attend career fairs.
Career expos are an invaluable resource for those looking for work, for anyone wanting to change career directions and for employees wanting to take their careers to the next level. These days, you don’t have to show up to a massive hall and collect pamphlets. Some of the best ones are online.
The Women at Work online career fair is on this June 2015, in partnership with Acquire Learning, Workplace Gender Equality Agency and News Corp. This fair is dedicated to empowering women at work and will provide a platform that broadens the discussion around gender participation rates and pay inequity in the workforce. There will also be a dedicated webinar speaker series with inspiring stories and advice from some of Australia’s most respected senior executives.
3. Set goals.
Your goal might be to stay doing exactly what you are doing for as long as possible. That’s totally fine. But you may also have your eye on a different role or a promotion, and setting goals to achieve these career steps is a good idea. Are your goals viable? Are you qualified? If unsure, ask your superior during your performance review what you need to do to become qualified. Don’t be afraid to set pay rise goals, either.