Whether you’re a recent grad or a 30-year veteran, you’re always searching for opportunities to help you get a leg up in your career. You’re looking for a way to improve your working situation in whatever direction your ambitions lie. Whether that is more money, more interesting work, a flexible position that gives you free time, the ability to be your own boss, or one of any number of other things you might desire. In that search, it helps to capitalize on the experiences of as many people and as many viewpoints as you can.
Here are some important career lessons other workers have learned along the way:
Do something you care about.
There’s an old cliché that says if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s overly optimistic – even things you care about can be difficult at times – but there is some truth to the saying. Doing work that you’re passionate about and interested in and inspired by – it doesn’t mean everything is easy sailing, but it makes it worth the hassle if you wake up in the morning and look forward to doing your job.
In the modern economy, it’s less and less likely that a person will spend most of their career working the same job for the same company, so the modern worker has to be versatile, opportunistic, and ready to adapt.
A highly skilled but narrowly qualified worker is vulnerable to changes in the market. A varied set of desirable skills makes you more attractive to more potential employers and more valuable to your current bosses.
Keep challenging yourself.
Complacency is the enemy of your career ambitions. Continually challenge yourself, set new goals, and take yourself out of your comfort zone. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to uproot everything, quitting your job and moving across the country every time you feel bored at work. Do things that change your routine while building your résumé. Volunteer for special projects, continue your education, or become certified in new skills. And don’t be afraid to take initiative; if you prove you have something new or different to offer that can benefit your company, it really won’t matter if you go outside your job description.
Be a good citizen.
No matter how talented or qualified you become, just about every job you do will require you to work with other people. And no matter how good you are at your job, other people won’t respect you or your abilities unless they can work with you. Being a team player, making compromises, going beyond the minimum to help a colleague, just generally being a pleasant person to be around – these are the things that, coupled with ability and experience, build positive professional relationships and make people want to work with you and help you succeed.
Working with a staffing firm gives you access to people that know what it takes to build your career and keep it moving forward. We have many great career opportunities in Jackson, so don’t wait; get in touch to see how our experience can benefit you.