Many people don’t give a lot of thought to managing their careers until it is time to look for another job or until retirement is staring them in the face and they realize what they have not accomplished. To avoid this trap, here are some actionable tips to keep you on top of your career even as you are juggling other parts of your life.
1) Maintain your employability. It is a good idea to periodically check vacancy announcements to identify what types of certifications employers are asking for so that you can stay ahead of the game. Staying abreast of what is current in your field positions you well as a valuable employee, and it also makes you marketable just in case your job is eliminated.
2) Do an annual career checkup. Just as annual physicals are encouraged to detect any problems, an annual career checkup can help you identify any problems and correct your course if necessary. Perhaps you have had to make a temporary detour in terms of your career goals because of the economy. It’s important for you to set goals for the upcoming year so that you can get back on track as soon as possible.
3) Make the best of what you have until you find something better. Use a company-sponsored tuition reimbursement program to your advantage. If your company offers tuition reimbursement, take classes that will enhance your resume. You might consider getting a certification in your field since certifications have become very common in many fields. If you do not yet have an advanced degree, you might consider using the tuition reimbursement program to obtain that degree to increase your marketability. That way, when the economy turns around you will be well positioned to move into a job that you really like.
4) Raise your visibility at work. Get involved in committees to increase your visibility in the organization and make a contribution outside of your department. Many large companies have committees to review processes or improve employee retention. Joining such a committee can expose you to other people in a large organization that you might not otherwise meet and can open the door for future job opportunities.
5) Strive for balance. Say no to opportunities that will violate your boundaries. For example, it might be flattering to be invited to be the committee chair of your professional association, but if you really don’t have the time to juggle this new commitment along with your other responsibilities, you need to decline.
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