Whether you’re just starting your first job after graduating college or moving up the ranks in your current career, understanding the keys to career success can help you earn more and become more influential within your organization.
In this guide, we share nine practical tactics to help you get more from your career in the form of income, responsibility and recognition. Apply one, two or all nine to give your career a significant boost that pays dividends over the long term.
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Set short-term and long-term goals
The key to career success is always having a goal to work on. Whether it’s getting a promotion within a year of joining a new company or making it all the way to upper management, you need to set both short and long term goals to succeed.
Create a list of goals and break them down into steps. While you’re at work, focus on achieving one step at a time until you’re nearing your goals. This trick of splitting up large goals into small steps makes achieving rapid career advancement possible.
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Learn the secrets of persuasion
No matter how productive, effective and valuable you are, you’ll struggle to climb up the corporate ladder unless you can persuade your clients and bosses that you have what it takes to achieve great things.
From lobbying for job advancements to securing new clients and customers for your startup or consultancy business, being able to persuade people to trust you is one of the most important skills for career success.
Don’t believe the old saying that salespeople are born, not taught. Sales skills are like any other skill – they can be learned. With the right amount of training and practice, even the least naturally charismatic person can become a master of persuasion.
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Constantly acquire new skills
From instructional courses here on Udemy to non-fiction books, make learning new information and acquiring new skills part of your lifestyle. The benefits – from extra knowledge to technical skills – will help you make rapid progress in your career.
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Optimize your productivity
An increasing amount of work is performed digitally, making it easier than ever for companies to monitor productivity on an employee level. Because of this, being able to work efficiently is often the key to achieving promotions and salary raises.
Do you struggle with off days and poor productivity? Productivity is a skill, and it’s learnable just like another language or the ability to persuade people. With the right productivity techniques, you can double the amount of work you do in a single day.
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Build your self-confidence
Infamous ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ inspiration Jordan Belfort had a simple quote he used to remind himself of what it takes to become successful: “Act as if you’re a wealthy man, rich already, and then you’ll surely become rich.”
While it might sound unbelievable, acting as if you’re already successful, motivated and confident really does work. Focus on developing your self-confidence and every aspect of your career – from sales skills to productivity – will magically improve.
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After work finishes, relax
You can’t make it to the top of your career path without spending at least some time on yourself. When work finishes for the evening, force yourself to switch out of your productive, action-focused mindset and adopt one of peace and relaxation.
When you constantly think of work, you’ll quickly burn out and become significantly less driven. Whether you’re an ambitious upstart, an executive or an entrepreneur, take at least one day off a week to relax, unwind and give your mind a break.
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Master your body language
From a weak handshake to slouched posture, bad body language has a huge impact on other people’s perception of you. When this perception affects your bosses and clients, it can result in serious setbacks to your career.
Although body language might seem like an instinct, it’s definitely something that can be taught. By practicing common movements and posture, you can make your body language indicate absolute confidence instead of weakness and insecurity.
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Network in your industry
Have you ever heard the saying: ”It’s not what you know, but who you know?” Having a big professional network gives you far greater access to influential people, new job opportunities and chances to advance your career.
Just like sales skills and body language, the ability to socialize and network with new people isn’t something that you’re born with. It’s a skill that, like any other skill, can be learned with the right amount of study and deliberate practice.
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Develop your personal brand
What do you want to be? More importantly, who do you want to be? When you send a résumé to a prospective employer or investor, they aren’t considering your history or your credentials – they’re considering you.
Building a strong, trustworthy personal brand is one of the most important things you can do as a professional. From a personal website to a long list of testimonials from employers, every part of your personal brand contributes to career success.
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Start developing your career today
The first step to achieving career success is working out who you want to be and what you want to do. What are you good at? What are your passions? What could you feel satisfied dedicating the rest of your professional life to?
It’s difficult to climb to the top of a career you aren’t passionate about, so choose your career carefully. Read our blog post on pursuing the right career for you to learn more about developing a career you love and achieving true success.