Looking Beyond Your “Job” to a Career

June 26th, 2015

Have you ever looked over your job description and said to yourself, “I do A LOT more than this”? You are not alone. For many hardworking people, what a written job description says and what they actually do are two different things. Developing a long-term career path goes far beyond a written job description. It involves being able to look past your job and focus on the long-term goals that you have for your career.

Wondering how you can change your view of your current position to develop a career you can be happy with? Use these tips.

Understand the future market outlook for your career

Before you settle on any one career path, and there are many out there, take the time to do your research on the outlook for your industry. You can visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook for any job or industry. Don’t stop there. Work with a staffing agency to see what’s trending in your market. If you fail to do this, your skills may quickly become outmoded.

Get more training and knowledge to reach your career objectives

Identify the industry trends that indicate any skill or knowledge gaps you may have. Get the training and education you need to remain ahead of the game. You can do this on the job and by taking classes, either at a local workforce development center or through online college classes. Consider some of the major certifications that can lead to better career opportunities too.

Evaluate the competition for the career you desire

To develop a long-term career, you need to think bigger than your peers. Employers are actively seeking people with advanced knowledge and backgrounds. Keep in mind there may be stiff competition for the career you want, so you must stand out as a top candidate in your industry. Stay up to date on policies and movements in your market.

Benefit from new and better career-related experiences

If you find yourself in a dead-end job or you just want a chance to learn new things, why not take on a temporary assignment in your targeted career path? You may be able to work on a part-time or short-term basis on special projects or with a company that will value your skills and offer you something better.

Be a top performer and build upon your reputation

Continue to think of your work and everything you produce as a reflection of the kind of professional you want others to admire. Build your reputation as a hard worker and someone who is willing to go the extra mile. Develop your professional brand and maintain this on your social networks and community activities.

By following the above tips you will be well on your way to developing a satisfying career in any area you put your mind to. For additional career advancement resources, contact the leading recruiting firm, Synerfac! With offices across the U.S., we have the local connections but the national reach to help you find the perfect next position for your career. We look forward to working with you!

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