Manage Your Career
You are responsible for your own future. Being responsible requires flexible and adaptable career strategies like these:
q Increase your value to your company by analyzing company goals, priorities and strategies.
Decide how you can make a solid contribution and take action.
q Even before youíve mastered your current job and are starting to feel more comfortable with it, ask for a new assignment or take on a new challenge.
Continue setting challenging, yet achievable goals for yourself.
q Donít wait for a review to find out how youíre doing.
Meet with your supervisor periodically to seek input on how you can improve. Listen with an open mind by viewing this as a learning experience that can pay big dividends. You are buying yourself time to make needed changes before your review. Soliciting feedback demonstrates that you are receptive to mentoring.
q Keep a log of the goals you want to achieve and your progress on them.
By the time your review rolls around, youíll have documentation of all your accomplishments.
q Learn new skills and keep current with technology.
Use the Internet and other resources to stay ahead of the learning curve. Strive to learn something new everyday.
q Increase your visibility by being active on task forces in professional organizations and in your community.
Develop your networking skills. Make time for people and look for ways to support them.
q Study human nature, personality type, behavioral styles and how people relate to each other, so you can adapt your style to create winning partnerships.
The way you come across is as important as your performance.
q Believe in yourself.
If youíre not risking, youíre not stretching.
Source: Rosanne Beers
Managing your career is more challenging than ever. Sometimes resources (career coach, spiritual counselor, friend, family member, EAP) can provide perspective youíve never considered. The Alegent Health Employee Assistance Program is one resource available to you. Call (402) 398-5566 or (888) 847-4975.