Tips to Advance Your Career

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careerWhether you’re seeking a job right out of school or have a few years of experience under your belt, there are some basic practices that can help you advance in your career. From optimizing your online presence to improving your time management, there are many opportunities to better yourself and prime yourself for the next step in your career. Use these tips and tools so you can move into your dream role, gain the benefits you desire and provide the means to have a comfortable life.

There are so many opportunities to advance your career — are you ready to take action to get there? We’ll take you through each stop in your journey and share resources to help you dive deeper into each one. Check out these helpful and informative career tips!

 

Resume Tips

Your resume is arguably one of the most crucial contributors to a successful career. It is how your potential employer is first introduced to you — does your resume make a good impression?

This written summary of your skills, background and motivators should demonstrate your potential value to your next employer, as well as provide motivation to single you out over other candidates. Your future boss may be a busy person, and they won’t want to waste their precious time on someone who isn’t worth it. The new goal for your resume: Make them want to spend their time meeting you.

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Job Searching

Once you’ve finished sculpting your impressive resume, it’s time to start showing it off. The hunt for a new job can be a frustrating process, but so very rewarding when you finally land the right role for you.

When you start applying to new jobs, make sure you keep track of your applications in a spreadsheet. This accomplishes two major things. First, you won’t duplicate your application by mistake, which can happen when a company posts their opportunities on multiple job boards. Secondly, you’ll know when you applied to the job and can better track follow-up emails. Take the initiative in your job search and don’t be afraid to chase the role you truly want!

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Interview Process

The interview process can be the most nerve-racking part of the entire job search process. That’s why practice makes perfect. It’s so important to rehearse your skill set, research the background of the company and go over answers to commonly asked questions so you can come off as knowledgeable and confident.

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Your Current Role

Once you’ve landed the job you want, how to keep it and show your new boss they made the best decision? You may clash with your boss, get overwhelmed by a heavy workload or simply start losing motivation — no matter the challenge, you can overcome it!

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Promotions

You’ve come in with the right attitude, made big strides with your business and demonstrated the qualities of a stellar employee — you should be rewarded for your efforts. However, not every business is forthcoming with promotions, so how do you initiate the process? There are several ways you can get ahead without burning bridges in the process.

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Leaving Your Job

There may come a time when you don’t find your role as fulfilling as it used to be, you have no space to move up the ladder or you simply want a new opportunity. Whatever reason you may have for leaving your job, make sure you do it in the right way (and there is a right way).

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Continuing Education + Planning

Sometimes the path you start on doesn’t quite lead you to where you had hoped you’d end up. Readjusting your course to a new career path can be challenging, especially when your skillset and experience are well rooted in another area. That doesn’t make it impossible though! There are resources available to you to help make the transition you want.

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Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find out more about her on Google+.

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