When it comes to career goals, it’s not always an easy path to get to where we want to go. You’re busy and there are a million responsibilities that are taking up your time. If you want to stay on the right path to achieving your career goals, here are some easy tips to keep you on the right track…
Write stuff down: It’s easy to get lost. When you lose sight of where you’re going, you can easily end up in the wrong place. Just like pulling up a navigation app when you get in the car, it helps to have a map that tells you how to get where you’re going. Look at what you’ve written down a few times a year, and assess your situation. Maybe your dreams have changed. If that’s the case, it’s okay to make some edits and just keep going.
Put yourself out there: Often, career growth is about who you know. If you haven’t been great at networking, you should try to get better. Use LinkedIn to build your network. If you’re not on LinkedIn already, start with your co-workers and clients. Then add former co-workers. Then add old friends that you haven’t talked to in years. You’d be surprised how many people you know, and the bigger your network the better. You never know what kind of opportunities might come your way from an old connection you forgot you had.
Look the part: One day you may cross paths with someone inside or outside your office that could change your life. For that to happen, you need to be prepared. Make sure to always look like a pro. You don’t have to be flashy, but looking good matters. You don’t have to have the trendiest hair style, but at the very least, make sure your wardrobe is from this century.