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How to cultivate the career you want

Most recruitment marketplaces – like most workplaces and industries – are constantly changing. They’re competitive environments, so you need to stay focused on your career objectives and how to move your career forward. Here are our tips on cultivating a successful career.

Stay on track: Identify your goals and stick to them.

Setting career goals is a great way to stay focused and keep your career moving in the right direction. To set your goals, you need to:

  • Be realistic. Focus on your strengths and potential, but also be aware of your limitations.
  • Write down your goals. Putting your goals on paper formalises them – you literally have something to focus on.
  • Prioritise. Figure out the steps you have to take to reach your long-term career goals - create a realistic, step-by-manageable-step plan.
  • Be proactive. Don’t get lazy. Don’t lose sight of your goals. Stick to your plan.
  • Give yourself credit. When you reach a career goal – even a short-term one – make sure you congratulate and reward yourself. You’re one step closer to your ultimate goal.

Stay productive: Manage your time effectively
When you manage your time effectively, you’re more productive and can enjoy a better work-life balance, which in turn means you’ll have more energy to be even more productive. Here are a few tips to avoid getting overwhelmed and stressed:

  • Make a to-do list. Prioritise the challenges you face – try putting the most important things first (this doesn’t mean you have to finish them but at least getting started on the bigger tasks will keep them at the front of your mind).
  • Schedule breaks. Breaks can ease your mind and improve your performance.
  • Learn to say ‘no’. If you don’t have the time or energy to tackle a task, let your associates or manager know.
  • Ask for help. Sometimes, in order to get a job done on time – and done well – you will need to ask for help.

Stay marketable: Evolve with your industry
The economy and your industry is constantly evolving. Your company and role are too. So, don’t get left behind – move on and upgrade your skills, especially transferable ones. Try to:

  • Stay up to date on your company’s strategy and policies.
  • Match and upgrade your skills in line with your company’s direction.
  • Refresh your resume – this will identify where you need to improve.
  • Be open to adversity and diversity in an evolving market – don’t become obsolete.
  • Stay connected and build your network by attending events or conferences.
  • Keep abreast of new and emerging trends by reading trade journals, as well as publications from outside your industry.

By staying ahead of the curve, you make yourself more employable to other companies and indispensable to your current one. Read more about making positive career moves and how to keep your digital reputation relevant. Assuming your interview is a success, it’s onwards and upwards for your career. Read our tips on how to cultivate your career and make positive career moves.

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