Some ambitious people focus on working hard and being professional, thinking hard work and good behavior should be enough to get ahead.
However, there are other areas to focus on. Hard work and good conduct aren’t enough if your skills are stagnant or your methods are outdated. Also, you should be networking with quality people, not just hoping people are drawn to you through your work.
If you’re feeling ambitious about your career, consider the following “musts”.
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1) You must keep one eye open
A generation ago, you could simply earn a degree and have a good job for life. However, these days, you could get laid off at the drop of a hat, your team might be eliminated, or your business might be acquired and downsized.
You always have to be trying to find new opportunities and building connections to other companies. This is not to say you ought to be job-hopping: Try to stay in any given job for at least one year, unless you’re offered something you can’t refuse.
However, if you want to get ahead, you must be constantly looking to take the next step. You must also be ready for your job situation to change continuously. Even if you’re secure in a situation, you could suddenly find yourself having to adapt to a new manager or entirely new set of responsibilities.
2) You must keep learning
Ambitious professionals must work nonstop to remain relevant. This starts with keeping on top of current event. Read the newspapers and industry websites to get a feeling of what is happening both in general and in your industry. Staying on top of the latest events lets you sound intelligent when talking in meetings and on job interviews.
Keeping on top of the latest developments can also help you stay on top of any new skills you need to acquire. There are numerous ways to gain new abilities, including online training, instructional videos and classes at local schools.
3) You must keep networking
You have to maintain a strong network for multiple reasons. First, if you’re linked with the right people, you will become more aware of opportunities and informed about your decisions. Second, if you find yourself unemployed, you’ll have a network to fall back on and connect you to new opportunities. While you can get a new job by sending in a resume, your network can allow you to rise to the top of the applicant stack and get prioritized by a hiring manager.
When we talk about networking, we often focus on quantity, not quality. However, your networking efforts need to include a conscious effort to meet prominent people in your industry and in your area. In addition to gaining access to more high-quality opportunities, you seem to be more valuable when you’re around driven, positive and intelligent people. Try to associate with people who will build you up, not tear you down.
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