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7 Best Practices You Can Implement for Career Success

You’ve done everything right. You graduated from college. You landed your dream job. You’re on top of the world. 

Then one day you wake up to realize you don’t want the job you were hired to do. 

I get it. I was in your same shoes. After completing my Master’s degree, I was hired to work for the Pentagon – the Pentagon. Shortly after, I realized it was not for me. I didn’t want to abandon the position I fought so hard to get. So, I stayed with it until finally I reached burnout. 

One of the best practices you can do for career success is choosing your job wisely and, if you don’t, jump ship. Quickly. Having a successful career is mostly within your power. You control the narrative. 

Here are my top seven best practices for career success

  1. Own what you do. Celebrate your successes and learn from your mistakes. But don’t blame others or give credit where it is not due.
  2. Set SMART goals. One of the easiest ways to measure your success is to reach goals or milestones along the way. Set SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. An example of a SMART goal is: “I will earn a certification in Google Analytics within 1 month.”
  3. Develop a personal brand. It is imperative that you have your own brand. Your professional brand is your signature or image. Your brand should be consistent across all of your social platforms as well as any in-person networking and self-marketing.
  4. Stick to your values. Your values will underpin your entire career. Your values should influence the positions you accept, the companies you work for, and the work-life balance you strive to achieve. Being committed to your values will always present the best version of yourself.
  5. Network. The very best thing you can do for your career is to build a large professional network.  Building these connections will open doors for you that you did not know existed.
  6. Keep company with successful people. When you surround yourself with people that build you up, you rise up. Surround yourself with successful people. Learn from them. Adopt their habits. Let them inspire you.
  7. Stay positive. Undoubtedly at some point in your life, your career will get you down. You will feel beat up and defeated. That is when you need to dig deep and stay positive. Always know the glass is not half empty or half full, but refillable. 

 

To be successful in your career you will have to work hard. You will make sacrifices. You have to be willing to put in this work. Before you begin, ask yourself pointed questions to determine your priorities and goals – not only for your professional life, but your personal life as well. 

And if you get into a job that’s giving you second thoughts, don’t be afraid to make a change. Choosing a career that fits your life instead of fitting your life around your career will lead to a more fulfilling way to live. 

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