By Kent Porter
The last few weeks have produced some fresh new faces to San Diego’s workforce as local colleges hold commencement ceremonies for their graduating seniors. Graduates will find many employment opportunities to be sure, but some will struggle finding a job that they’re excited about. That comes over time. The same is true for practically everyone in the working world. Being aware of your frustrations and learning how to resolve them effectively will save you time and trouble.
Here are the five things to do:
It is important to communicate your needs to your boss before you go looking for a new job elsewhere. There may be some opportunities for advancement that you may not be aware of. When you communicate your needs effectively you may be surprised at the opportunities that present themselves. Align your needs with what will make you and others more effective. It can’t be all about you.
If you are wanting to advance your career you must take initiative yourself. Taking the time to continue your education that will fill or support a need should be considered. If you have new ideas about how things could be done, present an analysis of what isn’t working along with suggestions to fix it. Share potential leads with your superiors. Do you see a customer need that isn’t being addressed? Your superiors can be clueless until you share. Sharing your perspective is your job insurance policy and ladder to promotion.
Change your Perspective
How are you looking at your current position? Are you looking at it as an opportunity for growth or somewhere that you are stuck for an unknown amount of time? Don’t focus on what you can’t do; instead focus on what you can do. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now to make a difference? This attitude will open up opportunities for you to change your current role and add responsibilities. People like a positive, can-do attitude and find self-pity and complaining wearisome.
Create an Action Plan
Setting up an action plan will help keep you in line and hold you accountable as you look to advance your career. Set goals and give each goal a timetable so you can track progress. Without action, you may be sitting in the same place a year from now.
Remember: you never know who knows who. No matter who you are, everyone has a network of people. Some people have a lot of connections and some do not. Don’t be discouraged by the number of people you know, because you never know who they know. If you are looking to expand your network, don’t be afraid to contact your local chamber of commerce to join a local group, volunteer at a charity event, or give your time to an important cause. Expanding your network will help you to expand your career opportunities for the future. Check your motive. If networking is all about what they can do for you, forget it. If your motive is to help others, enjoy making the difference.
Kent Porter is a La Jolla-based business advisor, executive coach, career guide and leadership consultant to business owners as well as budding career-minded individuals. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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