Are you content with your career? Or not progressing as much as you’d like to?

Whether you’re trying to progress in your current employment or are one of many applicants chasing a new job, trying to set yourself apart from others can often be difficult.

Read these five practical tips to improve your career prospects.

1. Improve your communication and networking skills

Your ability to communicate well and network with confidence is crucial to make you stand out. Good communication and networking skills enables you to build relationships, increase your industry knowledge and expand your prospects.

Put yourself out there – Be visible, connect with more people, learn from them and ultimately enhance your creditability.

2. Start thinking strategically and use your own initiative

Don’t just sit back and wait for things to happen – be proactive and make them happen!

By this we mean start looking at the bigger picture. Don’t just do your job and go home.  Start thinking outside the box, work smarter, use your initiative, do more than what is expected from you and get involved in the company’s vision, goals and plans.

3. Keep learning

With the ever-changing work environment and technological advancements, it is very important to keep yourself and your profile up to date. Continuous learning keeps you ahead of the game.

Make sure you keep abreast of changes or improvements in your work. Read…. and read lots! Reading new things can start conversations when you’re networking and can also build your own career with new ways to do things – stretching your thinking.

Request and go on training course which will help develop you and improve how you perform at work.

4. Take Risks

Have confidence in yourself and your ability. Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  Have the confidence to try new things to get a new perspective. Put your hand up and get involved in work. Remember you have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

5. Don’t give up

If you really want that job or promotion. fight for it! Don’t let the distraction of others get in your way – Keep focussed! Things might not always go to plan. Don’t beat yourself up – remain positive, believe in yourself and success will follow.

To finish up, always be open to new opportunities and people. It will make you feel good and will help get you noticed!

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