Most of us get into some financial trouble in our lives, and often look for a higher paying job to help us out of it. I realized my financial situation was far from good when I was having to rely on an auto title loan to pay my rent, and was putting other expenses such as gas and food on my credit card. The problem was that my career had stalled, so I decided to change gears.
I was stuck in an entry level job that didn’t seem to have any room for growth, and my measly paycheck was getting swallowed up in student loan repayments. I realized I needed to take drastic action to get myself out of this career rut and improve my chances of getting a higher paying job.
I enrolled in a career training program and learned so much about how to improve your career and climb the corporate ladder. It helped me get a higher paying job within a matter of months, and I am so grateful for all of the knowledge I gained. Based on my tried and tested results, here are 5 ways you can boost your career:
This may sound obvious, but work hard and consistently. Many people feel they are underpaid, and as a result don’t put in as much effort as they could at work. This probably won’t get you fired but it may decrease your chances of getting a good reference or being promoted to a higher-paying position within your company. Hard work rarely goes unrewarded, so always try and give it your best.
Enhance Your Education
If you are looking to improve your career but know you are lacking the skills required to do so, consider enrolling in a course or completing a new degree. These may require taking further student loans or putting a considerable dent in your savings, but the chance to earn a much higher salary may make these temporary financial setbacks more than worth it. You could also consider attending an online school that offers a flexible schedule and likely substantially cheaper tuition rates than a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
Great, high-paying jobs rarely drop into candidates’ laps. You have to be extremely proactive to enhance your ability to nab competitive paying jobs – especially in this tough economy. Join as many networking groups as possible and try and make solid connections. Attend job fairs when you can and give out as many copies of your resume as possible. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, sometimes we have to go a little outside of our comfort zone to get what we really want.
Even some of the most successful men in the world have mentors and advisors. Seek advice from someone who is where you want to be career-wise. Perhaps it is a senior member of your company or an alumnus from your school who is now super successful. Ask them politely how they got to be where they are and what advice they can offer you. Most people are more than happy to be asked and even feel flattered, so be fearless in your advice seeking.
Never Let an Opportunity Pass
Perhaps you’ve been invited to a prestigious business think-tank group or been asked to do some over-time at work – take these opportunities and run with them. Even if it means you will be tired or have to re-arrange your schedule, never let potentially career boosting opportunities pass you by. Go out of your way to show your co-workers or potential employers that you are reliable and hard-working; this should undoubtedly pay off long term.
Nothing in life comes easy, and this absolutely includes progressing in your career. However, if you utilize all of the above suggestions and really go for it, you should be able to reach your career goals at an accelerated rate. Good luck!
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