Welcome back to our series of blog posts about how you can grow and maximize your career. In the first blog post in this series, we presented the following three steps:
- Plot a path for reaching your destination.
- Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
- Be proactive about your plan and priorities.
Then, in the next blog post in our series, we presented the following three steps:
- Update your resume consistently.
- Update your LinkedIn profile consistently.
- Increase your networking efforts.
And now, we’re going to finish our series with even more simple steps for growing and maximizing your career. However, there aren’t three of them. There are four such steps, which are outlined below:
#1—Pursue continuous learning and education.
There are multiple ways that you can do this. You can attend workshops and conferences (which we mentioned in our previous blog post) or online webinars. You can also take advantage of books—traditional books, digital books, or audio books. Heck, you can even listen to CDs or watch DVDs. The key is to keep evolving and adding to your knowledge base and skill set.
#2—Assess and increase your value.
When you add to your knowledge base and skill set, you’re actively increasing your value. Everything in the employment marketplace comes down to value. The more valuable you are to your employer, the more that your employer will reward you for the value that you provide. Much like learning and education, this is an ongoing process.
#3—Sharpen your soft skill set.
Your value includes more than just your technical or hard skills. (Although those skills, in addition to your experience, are quite important to employers.) Soft skills are “people skills.” They involve how you interact and deal with other people, including your boss, your co-workers, and even customers. An impressive soft skill set can give you a competitive advantage over other job seekers and candidates in the employment marketplace.
#4—Focus on personal branding.
Personal branding has become more important during the past several years. Basically, this pertains to the experience that you provide for people when they interact with you. It can be interaction in person, over the phone, or on social media. Whatever they think of you after their experience with you is the way in which you branded yourself.
Now that we’ve reached the end of our series, you have plenty of ammunition for growing and maximizing your career. And another step you can take is aligning yourself with an experienced recruiting firm in your chosen field.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.