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25th Jan 2013

How To... Develop Your Career

WHETHER you’re looking to move up in your current company or wanting to change jobs there are a few tips you can follow to make sure you don’t get overlooked:

Put yourself in line for promotion
Make your commitment to the company clear and express an interest in moving forward in your current role. Ask for more responsibility. Be punctual and take an interest in the business.

Build contacts
Strengthen relationships with senior management and colleagues. Networking will help you hear about future job vacancies within your company and also further afield.

Take a step back

It may be necessary to change jobs in order to move to a company with more promotion prospects. This may mean taking a pay cut or a demotion. However, if the company has a fast-track management scheme then you should view this as a necessary step.

Set a goal
A career goal helps you to stay focused and motivated. It will also help you plan and evaluate what steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Have a written plan and a time scheme to work to.

Learn new skills
Assess your skills and consider if extra qualifications would help you achieve that promotion. It may be worth brushing up on IT skills, learning a foreign language or taking a first aid course.

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