Career Advancement: How Can You Quickly Advance in Your Career or Business?
I’m glad you asked! Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what was out in front of you in your career? It would be such a relief to know what’s next for you professionally and the exact steps in your career path that you need to take to get there, wouldn’t it?
Yes, and that’s what career advancement strategies can do for you. It’s a way forward with a roadmap. Many organizations offer career advancement planning as part of their professional growth opportunities, but so many more don’t.
Maybe you’re in a role, and the leadership at your company has changed, and it’s becoming rapidly apparent that it’s not a fit for you anymore. You might be seeking the next level in your current career, but you feel stuck, or maybe it’s just not going fast enough. Perhaps it’s time to think BIGGER in your business, so you get by the threshold you’ve been hovering at.
So if formalized career advancement planning isn’t an option for you through your organization, then how do you figure out your career next steps?
I’m glad you asked! If you want help in identifying the path and the plan to get to where you want to go, here are 5 easy ways to get career advancement guidance and create significant momentum toward your next level in career or business.
1. Get an Accountability Partner. An Accountability Partner is someone that you meet with regularly to state what it is that you are going to do in an upcoming timeframe and hold each other accountable for achieving it. It works best if they have a like-minded focus, like getting promoted, looking for a new position, getting into senior management. You could be working on your commitment at the 11th hour, but it creates momentum when you have to report your answers and actions to someone else.
2. Get to Networking. Networking is the road where a simple hello can lead to a million things. Networking isn’t just handing out business cards, or in today’s world, sending your vcard or digital contact information. It’s getting to KNOW people and allowing them to get to know you. It’s seeing what you have in common and building relationships, and like a garden, it requires tending. But, when you need advice and guidance to advance, your network becomes an army of advocates out in the community (or the world) operating on your behalf. When you network correctly, you never know when someone will say, “That’s interesting. I just met Jackie and need to introduce you to her. I think you can help each other out.” And, that’s how the magic happens!
3. Get a Mentor. A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor. It’s someone with more knowledge or experience sharing it with someone who has less. There is nothing in the definition about age, seniority, being an expert, time commitment, or even proximity of location. What is it that you want to learn? A skill? Then find the person who is really great at that skill and ask them for guidance. Maybe you take a course from someone to uplevel. Do you want feedback? Who knows more about the area where you’d like feedback? Ask them for their opinion. Mentoring doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment. A mentor can show up anywhere, at other companies, in different locations, even globally, in the virtual environment. Don’t overcomplicate the process.
4. Get a Coach. People who invest in themselves, invest in their future success and their future earnings potential. Successful people know that they don’t have all the answers. They also know that in some respects, they need to get out of their own way, and they can’t do it alone – otherwise, they would have already achieved what they want. Maybe they just want to get there faster. A coach is a partner in your career development, asking you the questions you wouldn’t think to ask yourself. They hold you accountable for your future success plans and help you build momentum toward achieving them. They help you to uncover your obstacles, especially those pesky unconscious habits that sabotage your efforts. They help you to create success on your terms, success that is meaningful to you. A BIG paycheck, doesn’t mean a fulfilling career, and a fulfilling career doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your life to achieve it. A good coach will help you figure out the path to advancement for YOU.
5. Get into a Mastermind Group. This is such a widely overlooked option, and it’s such a powerful professional development tool! Have you heard the phrase, “Many hands make for light work?” Well, in this case, it’s many minds make for light work. The definition of a mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring group used to help members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members. This isn’t a new concept either as it was coined in 1925 by author Napoleon Hill. In his books, Hill discussed the idea of the Master Mind, which referred to two or more people coming together in harmony to solve problems. So, what would it feel like to have an entire group of people focused on you and strategies for your career advancement? Yep! Mighty good.
Depending on where you are in your career or business, one or more of these strategies will be an easy answer to advancing professionally on your terms. BUT, what if you could have it all?
I’ve just created a mastery program where you will have each one of these components focused on YOU and YOUR career advancement. It’s a buffet of professional development modalities focused on you and your professional development AND your personal growth.
Meaningful career advancement is customized; it’s not a one size fits all. Let’s create a path for your career success AND on your terms. If you are a person who wants to be proactive with their advancement opportunities and feel that this kind of support is what you need, then let’s talk. Grab some time on my calendar so we can strategize what this path looks like for you. Just head to www.ClarityWithDebbie.com and book your Career Clarity Strategy Session.
Until the next time, here’s wishing you the Career Clarity you deserve!
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