8 Ways to Keep your Career from Stagnating

Put the zing back in your career.

Nov 28, 2017


Do you feel like you’ve come to a standstill? Are you stuck in a rut? Follow these 8 tips from Lofton Staffing and put the zing back into your career.

Take the initiative. Be proactive, innovative, and creative. Consider what you can do today to make tomorrow better for your employer. It’s a surefire way to get noticed and add punch to your career.

Create opportunities for growth. Learn a new skill. Take a class. Accept more responsibilities at work. Read a book. Live by the motto of learning something every day. Assume you are going to move upward and prepare the way.

Make every deadline. Doc Hensley, director of the Professional Writing Program at Taylor University, says the word deadline means “go past this line, and you’re dead!” Yes, many professionals have missed a deadline, but don’t let it be a habit. Get organized, divide your project into doable sections, and create checkpoints to keep you on track.

Build a “people person” reputation. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, treat everyone with kindness and respect. Whether you’re expressing an opposing view, resigning from a less-than-ideal job or severing a relationship, do it with grace. Don’t burn the bridge – you never know when you’ll need to cross it. 

Network. Network. Network. Build relationships within, and without, your industry. Build deep and build wide, but don’t just build. Take time to maintain your connections. Share ideas, participate in forums, endorse others where appropriate, etc. Don’t limit yourself to online contacts – attend networking events, conferences, and other industry happenings. The “it’s not what you know, but who you know” became a cliche for a reason – it’s true.

Keep a clear-cut line between personal and professional. Yes, we need work-life balance, and yes, building relationships at work means sharing some of our personal lives, but when it’s time to be professional – be professional. Be punctual. Get your work done. Dress for success. Don’t’ use office time for personal responsibilities. You get the picture.

Remember that your appearance matters. The way your dress and the way you conduct yourself aren’t just a reflection of your personality – quirky though it may be. It represents both your professional brand and the company brand. Keep that in mind when you are on the job or attending professional events.

Don’t make money the priority. Of course, your salary is important, and everybody wants to earn what he/she deserve, but it isn’t the whole picture. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to pursue your passion because it didn’t pay what you thought it should. Take advantage of what you can learn, who you can meet, and the fun you can have along the way. 

If you are confident, determined, and proactive in your current position, there won’t be time to stagnate. The boss isn’t the only person who will notice. So will some of those network connections you’re maintaining or a friend of a friend of a friend. Doors will open, opportunities will be offered, and you and your career will move forward.

Lofton Staffing is here to help. Whether you’re looking to move your career forward via a temporary or full-time position, we can connect you with the best opportunity for your skills and experience. Contact us today and give your career a boost.

 

   

 

 

 

 


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