The new year offers the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf. This is especially true when it comes to mastering your career and standing out in the crowd. One of the toughest mountains to climb in professional development is action implementation. Here are a few tips to help you smash your 2016 career goals!
Jumpstart Your Confidence
As the saying goes, “Confidence is key.” Knowing how to express yourself without fear, owning body language, having good eye contact and speaking with confidence can boost your career. Be assured that your skills and strengths are sufficient. You must have confidence as you climb the career ladder.
Boss Up Your Title Yourself
So many of us have the terrible habit of waiting for others to recognize how awesome we are. Instead of waiting for the title that comes with the promotion, begin operating as if you already have the title. Do more than what is expected of you, stay in the office a little longer, and put more effort into your work. Make it your goal to move out of the shadows.
Keep It Real
Be yourself. Real. Authentic. 100% you. The easiest way to cultivate an authentic life is to know your values and desires. It is essential to do what you say you are going to do.
Love Your Critics
Learn to take criticism and grow from it. To move forward in your career (and in life), it is necessary to understand what constructive criticism is, and how to apply it. Of course, some can be helpful, some can be hurtful, and some can be downright unnecessary. Ask questions to gain clarification of what went wrong so that you can improve yourself. Accepting criticism is a form of accepting responsibility.
Be a Student
Having a mentor can add light to your path and guide you to the next level in our career. Develop mentoring relationships with individuals who are further in their career, where you want to go in the next 5 to 10 years. This can can help boost your mindset and goal-setting. These invaluable relationships also assist you in navigating workplace politics, provide access to new opportunities, and help to expand your network.
Jamillah Rahmaad is a Public Relations Consultant and Entertainment Journalist located in Atlanta, GA. In 2013, she founded Soukle, an organization specifically designed to engage professionals after work. Check out her weekly podcast, E Is For Eff It! Every Tuesday. She enjoys journalism on topics such as profiled interviews, special events, and business topics. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Jai_Soapbox.