Happiness and success within a role are heavily dependent on feeling that you are effective and growing within that role. Finding a job that puts your skills to their best use and one that also pushes you to try new things and develop new skills can feel like a matter of luck. But there is intention behind that decision. Taking jobs that you know you will be good at, but that won’t challenge you will inevitably lead to getting bored on the job. But getting hired for a role you are unprepared to execute on is even worse. Here are a few ways you can walk that line and be successful long term.
Don’t Undersell Yourself
When applying for a job, it’s a common mistake only to highlight the skills that you have used most in your previous work. Don’t forget to feature those skills and abilities that might be newer on your resume. That provides you with the opportunity to test them out in a role and grow without getting in over your head. The worst thing you can do is fail to sell yourself and your skillset as ready and eager to take on new challenges. Your resume is your chance to put it all out on the table. Don’t undersell your skills out of humility. It’ll keep you stuck in the same jobs you’ve been doing for years.
Being proactive on the job means looking at problems and suggesting solutions, even if they’re outside your predefined job responsibilities. This proactive thinking shows employers that you have the well-being of the entire team or company at heart and that you are a key player when it comes to the success of the business as a whole. A growth mindset provides opportunities to define your impact outside of the job description you were hired to fulfill. Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to make suggestions on how you can help.
Seek Out Professional Development Opportunities
Those who are committed to growing within their role are the ones who will be enabled to grow within their role. Do what you can to continue your education, remain relevant in a fast-paced industry, and be knowledgeable about the latest trends and technologies in your line of work. Read training manuals. Learn new skills—network with other professionals. Find the right time to do this to show you have the flexibility to adapt in an ever-changing landscape. Otherwise, the industry might just move on without you.
Set Goals that Motivate and Inspire You
When it comes to designing an ideal career path, it’s important, to be honest about where you are and where you want to be. Setting smaller, achievable goals is a good tactic to get you through your workday or month, but you also need something big to aim for so that you are inspired in the long term. Set challenging goals that make you want to get out of bed in the morning, do your best work, and celebrate when you achieve your smaller goals.
Focus on achievements that are important to you and that you will value in the long run, rather than just reasonable achievements that help you get your work done. Don’t focus on goals that are completely unreasonable or which have no clear path to achievement. But don’t sell yourself short by setting a goal that you have no vested interest in the outcome either. Make it a priority and go to work every day with that goal at the top of your mind.
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