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6 Career Tips You Must Know

Jan 15, 2008
Although there are more occupational choices today than previous decades, economy has remained unstable and tumultuous. As we contemplate increasing career uncertainties, job jumping, work stress and dissatisfaction have become all too common. So how does a new graduate succeed? How do you get that job where the environment is favorable, the career is promising and the money is good.

Here are six tips to help you win at the business world's game. Gain transferable skills such as interpersonal and communication skills, time management and leadership. When you're not sure where your career is going, you can be sure that soft skills are needed along the way. Managers are increasingly searching for these in candidates because training can be given for technical skills.

Market yourself. In the business world, the one that you'll be promoting most is you. Learn to capitalize on your skills, stress your achievements, and be a corporate professional. Set-up beneficial relationships: Business networking is an invaluable tool to gain information, increase visibility and make all the right connections. Find mentors that you admire and connect with at a career level.

Get people to say "YES". It's not a fluffy world out there - people always want to know what's in it for them. By letting both parties win, your approach to negotiation will not only build relationships but also get what you want.
Stay motivated despite difficult circumstances: The wisdom of the day is: don't let your environment determine you because you can choose your response to the environment.

Frustrating moments will come, but a positive outlook can strengthen emotional Intelligence. Be aggressive about your career growth. Remember, it is your responsibility to direct your career. Be ready to identify new opportunities and focus on the long run. If you feel like these steps are not worth the effort, just remember how much time you'll be working in the business world.

Roughly one tenth of your life is spent making someone else rich. Isn't it only fair to create a satisfying work experience? Plus another great tip is always take things day by day and have a few short term goals rather then a couple big ones. Break them down into months and weeks rather then years. You'll find that this way you will always be on your toes and will actually be getting stuff 'done'.

Once you find that job where the people are great, the money is good and its work that you actually enjoy, then my friend you got a great thing going. Keep at it, work your way up and reach for the top. You know what they say, aim for the sky so if you fall, you'll land with the stars.
About the Author
Jenna Forthright is the resource developer for the 2007 consumer choice award winning vancouver community college, the Vancouver Career College.
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