There is no “one size fits all” definition of career success. Some people are looking for balance, others to follow their passion. Some want to help others as much as possible, and some want to race straight to the top. But no matter how you define success, the steps to achieve it are the same. Here’s what you need to know to find career success.
Network, Network, Network
Remember that old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? That’s every bit as true today as it ever was. Just don’t expect to fill your proverbial Rolodex with a bunch of contacts you barely know and somehow turn that into success. Instead, you’ll need to focus on building meaningful, authentic relationships with people. And not just those you think can help you right now. Your career will follow along and winding path, and someone who is in no position to get you a job today could be the CEO of your dream company in 15 years. So focus on getting to know people and building relationships rather than checking off networking boxes.
No matter where you are in your career journey, even if you are still in school, now is the time to get started on your personal website and curate your social media feeds. Personal branding is a huge part of succeeding in today’s world of work. Figure out who you are and what story you want to tell, and then bring it to life digitally. Then update your digital presence regularly as your experience and your needs change.
Use Feedback as a Tool for Growth
No one likes to hear negative feedback about their work, but everyone needs to hear it because no one is perfect. Rather than becoming defensive, listen openly and think critically about what you hear. You certainly don’t have to take everyone’s advice, but it’s always worthwhile to see what you can learn from the feedback you receive.
Don’t Forget Your Values
The work world can be cutthroat, so it’s important to define your personal values early and stick with them when things get tough. No matter how perfect a particular job might seem on paper, if the company’s values don’t align with your own, you will never be truly happy. Cultural fit and core value alignment are among the biggest predictors of workplace happiness, even beyond pay and benefits.
Start Over a Few Times
Very few people happen upon their dream career on the first few tries. The average person makes a career switch a stunning seven times during their working life! It can feel scary, but changing directions may be the best way to get to where you truly belong.
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