Improve your professionalism and give your career wings

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Building up a list of contacts is important to stay connected in the industry (Shutterstock.com)

Growing your career can be especially difficult in these tough economic conditions, but just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Follow our easy steps and your career will soar in no time.   

Be goal-orientated 

Do you know where you’d like to be in two or five years from now? Set goals for yourself and your career and then regularly review where you’re at.

Mentors are important 

Find someone in your field with more experience and knowledge than you and ask if they can advise you about career-related matters. Your mentor can be a huge help in advancing your career by teaching you the ins and outs of the industry.

Always increase your knowledge 

Studying and doing more courses to improve yourself is an investment into yourself and your future. Your skills and knowledge can always be upgraded and strengthened, so be sure to look out for courses that could further your career.

Communication is key
You have to be able to communicate clearly and concisely in order to get noticed by the key players. Practice giving and receiving constructive criticism in the workplace to help build up your communication skills.

Make the most of performance discussions

When it’s time to review your capabilities and performance with your manager, suggest taking on more responsibility and discuss a career path for yourself. This is your opportunity to define where you see yourself in a year or five years from now.

Build up a contact list

Networking is the name of the game. Join Facebook social media groups that are in the same field as you are, attend functions and make the most out of work socials. Building up a list of contacts is important to stay connected in the industry.

Keep it professional, always

You’ll never gain the respect of colleagues or your employer if you bad-mouth them regularly. No one will trust you and your career will be on a dead-end path. Remember that respect is earned and not given. 

Love what you do

If you’re really passionate about your job, others will see it and you’ll excel. Your colleagues and clients will want to work with you because of your enthusiasm and love for your job.

Find a job you love.

Dress appropriately

Dressing appropriately for your job will convey the message that you’re serious about your future.

Read: Reinventing your professional style

There’s no “I” in team

A team player is more likely to get noticed and recognised than someone who works only for themselves. Be eager, willing and ready to pitch in with a helping hand.

Armed with these pieces of advice, you're well on your way to the next big step. Find only the best opportunities with Careers24 Jobs.