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Don't Neglect These Powerful Career Advancement Opportunities

If you are committed to career advancement, you must be willing to take important steps to achieve your professional goals. One critical career development strategy, which many professionals neglect, is building relationships with executives. To reach higher levels of the organization, senior level managers need to know who you are and what you have to offer. If you do not take advantage of opportunities to pursue executive relationships, you are doing yourself and your career a disservice.

If you have not yet begun to build executive relationships, the process can feel intimidating. Common fears include: What will I say? Will I be bothering someone? How will my manager feel? These are perfectly natural, but do not let them stop you! In order to advance your career and achieve your professional goals, you will need to step outside your comfort zone.

Here are some opportunities you may want to consider:

1. Engage executives in meetings. In meetings these days, it is very typical to find professionals paying closer attention to their mobile devices than the presenter. If there are high-level executives in your meeting, this is a wasted opportunity.

Rather than monitor your email or text messages, find ways to engage in the discussion. Make eye contact and visibly express your interest. Contribute your insights, or ask thoughtful questions. If there is an opportunity at the end of the meeting, take a moment to introduce yourself.


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6 Easy Ways To Take Charge Of Your Career

Far too many of us become complacent when it comes to our careers. We settle into the routine of office life and are subsumed into the tedium of menial tasks and meetings, losing our forward and upward momentum. If you are looking to reclaim that fire and ambition that once drove you to excel, stop being passive and use these 6 easy ways to take charge of your career:


  1. Keep The Resume In Shape - After being employed by a company for two or three years, most people feel safe and thus stop updating their resume, assuming they either won't need it or can throw something together last minute. However, imagine how much you forget each day; if you're not tracking your accomplishments as they happen, you'll forget the details. And you should also be adding and removing references from time to time, reflecting your growth in the company.
  2. Build A Network - Your network should be far more than just the people you eat lunch with at the office or the people you went to school with. Seek out people working in the same field as you on LinkedIn. Connect with industry experts over Twitter. Uncover groups and professional organizations that cater to the needs of your industry. Create a network that can provide you with leads and job offers when it's time for you to take the next step in your career.

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Career Aptitude Assessment

What are your skills? What are your interests? Do you have a particular set of values that are important to you for your work?

The answers to these questions, and others, will give you perspective on yourself as a job seeker and potential employee. And all of these questions are part of a quality career assessment.

Career transition educators know that a career assessment is one of the fundamental building blocks of any successful career transition. Why are they so important? Because they reveal so much. We like to think we know ourselves, but that isn't always true. Often times the results can suggest new possibilities or even an entirely new career trajectory. Even when we do "know ourselves" we routinely struggle when asked to convey it in the form of a resume, cover letter or interview. A career assessment can help clarify your career goals and help you fit them into the proper industry.

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Career Assessment: A Fundamental Building Block of the Career Search Process. There are many different types of career assessments that feature different formats and different types of questions. Find out about the various types, and learn how to pick the best assessment for you and your career search process. Click here to access the Career Transition Toolbox.


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