Everybody gets stuck in a rut from time to time. Heck, some people have been stuck in a professional rut for so long that they can’t remember a time when they weren’t stuck in one.
That’s why it’s important to assess where you are in terms of your career, especially as we prepare to enter a New Year in 2022.
Are you continuing to move forward? Do you feel good about where you are? Where did you think you would be at this stage of your career?
Chances are good that you’re not quite where you want to be. In fact, you might be one of the people who believe they’re stuck in a rut . . . and possibly can’t even remember a time when they weren’t. If that’s the case, then the point of this blog post is to get you back on track with your career goals and professional ambitions.
Below are five steps for jump-starting your career in the New Year:
#1—Talk with your supervisor.
Yes, your career starts with your current job. (Where else would it start?) With your job, it’s all about being as valuable as possible. When you do that, you become more attractive as an employee, not only to your employer, but also to possible future employers. As such, you should ask your boss what you can do to become more valuable. That might entail assuming additional responsibility.
#2—Focus on results.
Every company wants results; it doesn’t matter if it’s your current employer or another organization. Employees who are known as people who consistently get results are considered to be the most valuable employees. They’re also people who are highly sought after within the industry and who stand the best chance of growing their careers.
#3—Invest in yourself.
This entails continuous learning. You should always be striving to become better at what you do and how you do it. This not only means the work that you complete with your current employer, but also what is expected of you within your industry. Just because your employer doesn’t take advantage of all the skills and talents you possess, that doesn’t mean you should stop sharpening those skills and honing those talents.
#4—Increase your networking efforts.
It’s not just what you know, but it’s also WHO you know. There are many different ways that you can expand your networking “sphere of influence.” Yes, social media is one of those ways, but you should not focus on social media alone. Traditional networking methods such as attending conferences and trade shows (when possible) are just as valuable, and in some cases could be even more valuable.
#5—Contact a recruiter.
An experienced search consultant within your chosen field could have the opportunities and the resources you need to jump-start your career. That’s because they already have relationships with the best companies in the industry, and they already have the knowledge you need to break into those companies. Remember, though: applying for a job through more than one source is not a good idea, and that includes working with more than one recruiter.
If you’re in a rut, there’s no reason to stay there. The person who has the most impact on what happens to your career is YOU. Start today by taking ownership of what you can offer and what you can do to become even more valuable and attractive to an employer.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.