Developing Your Career: Refining Your Skills (Pt.7)

As you get further along in your career and you understand your strengths better–it is a good idea to start to refine your skills. That means–to truly analyze your skillsets and expertise in order to fully ultilze what you are good at in order to develop your specialization and thus your earning potential!

There are an array of tests that can show how you can better develop and refine your skills. Look to other professionals and see how they have hone their skillsets in order to make them contenders in the marketplace. You have many resources to become a better professional–utilize Google and find out how!

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Developing Your Career: Finding Your Niche (Pt.6)

Being a generalist can be a good or bad thing in your career. It is good especially if you are starting out and getting to get a grasp of the job market/what you want from your career. On the other hand it can be something companies don’t want because they are looking for specific skillsets and experience.

Therefore finding your niche can be a very important. If you specialize in something you are easier to hire because you possess skillsets that have been honed for a certain job or task. You can do some research on what is in demand in the marketplace and create your own niche. You can develop your specialization through contract work or gigging–building a strong portfolio is a good way to showcase your experience and applied knowledge to real world projects.

You can also take courses, training sessions or attain some more eeducation to add to your niche development. However, it is vital that you grow in a niche because you want to–there is nothing worse then doing something and grow it into a career when you have no passion for it–that you are simply doing it because it is in demand.

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Developing Your Career: Professional Groups & Meetups (Pt.5)

It is important to develop and grow your professional network and one good way to do it is through meetups. You can easily find meetups in your local area by using LinkedIn, Facebook, Facebook Groups and various apps. There are so many different meetups happening so be sure to be specific on a niche or professional group.

These types of meetups can really help you connect with professionals in the same boat as you are in–growing your career, networking and learning. Be sure to bring business cards and have a digital resume handy in order to email it just in case someone in the meetup is hiring or knows someone who is. Also, add value: think if ways you can help others in the meet up!

And finally, if you are so inclined why don’t you develop your own meet-up? It might be a great way to develop your organizational skills and also provides you an excuse to reach out and network!

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Developing Your Career: Mentorship (Pt.4)

If you have a mentor count yourself as lucky! Mentors are invaluable resources that can provide you with their wealth of experience and knowledge to help you along in your career and life. If you don’t have one try reaching out to people you trust and find one. Although it might be tough locating a mentor don’t give up–continue demonstrating why you are worthy of accepting new knowledge from a mentor by showcasing the development and constant growth in your career. Potential mentors are always interested in people who work hard, are bettering themselves and growing professionally.

However, prepare yourself if you don’t find a suitable mentor! It just might not be in the cards. Instead, find mentors through books, videos and our resources. Learn from their experiences and ways to truly succeed in your chosen profession–it can be superstar athletes, business leaders, thinkers or anyone that you may find helpful.

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Developing Your Career: Different Experiences (Pt.3)

Sometimes we aren’t fully engaged in any one job. That’s ok! You have a chance to check out what’s out there and find out what you might want to do. Try out different jobs like customer services, sales or marketing. Be open to discovering new ways of applying yourself in different work situations.

However, be sure to find a common thread to the many jobs you find yourself at–employers sometimes do not like job hopping or career exploration. It might be a good idea to consider doing a side gig or free lance work in order to have a solid base when employers consider you for a job.

Having entrepreneurial skills and experience is a plus for many companies that are hiring because you can work independently. Be sure to find out what you really like to do and when you do seize the opportunity and run with it!

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Developing Your Career: Training (Pt.2)

Training is a great way to increase your knowledge base and further your career. Always be open to training oportunities your company may be offering as well as career centres, unions, non-profits and government-related organizations.

Also, being trained by other professionals or mentors can really help you succeed. Ask around–there are always leaders around to help you grow professionally through training–if you are hard working and committed to learning you will have no problem finding someone that can help you improve.

You also need to understand what you want to accomplish through training. Make sure it can add to your existing skillsets and something that enployers want. Training can be amazing way to truly give you a leg up on creating a great career for yourself.

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Developing Your Career: Education (Pt.1)

Education is a fundamental element to building and developing a successful career. Many jobs these days require a decent educational background. Even if you don’t have a college or university education there are ways you can learn and get certificates, diplomas or degrees.

Doing a quick Google search you will find there are many online options to grow your educational experience. Always look for accredited schools and find out options for when or how you can study. Also, if you are considering attending a school be sure that the time you are investing gives you opportunities in the workforce–if you want a better earning job or career advancement double check if getting additional education can help you attain this!

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What is Your Dream Job? (Pt. 2)

We all have a idea floating in our minds of what our dream job is! Whether it be one dedicated to helping others or one full of adventure–the dream job that we want is one that fits our personalities.

Now thinking about your dream job doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. It is attainable. We just need to realize that we need to take the proper steps to get there–that means working towards it! You must therefore acquire the proper education, build experience and grow your knowledge base. If you truly want to make your dream job into a reality it is imperative to do the research and work to get there!

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What is Your Dream Job? (Pt.1)

What is your dream job? A job that really isn’t a job in the first place because you love doing it! Do you have one? If you do, that is great. But if you don’t have one in mind at the moment don’t worry…read on.

There is a job out there that is right for you–that encapsulates your talents and skillsets. Even if there isn’t a specific job you can simply come up with one that suits you! Sometimes companies don’t realize they need things done differently–and that’s where you come in. Because your dream job–the one that you created for yourself–can be a great fit for companies and they don’t even know it.

It’s about knowing what you want as well as what the wants or predicting what the public wants. And your dream job can mean creating a new position within the company you are a part of now or even becoming an ententrepreneur!

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Developing Your Skills for Career Growth

Developing you skills is fundamentally important for your career growth. We all possess some sort of skillsets–rather it be general or specialized–however we need to stay focused and realize that we continually need to hone our skills.

We can build and refine our skillsets by seeking further education or through more experience on-the-job. You also need to be open to the fact that there are many others more skilled and experienced then you are–so that means learning from them. They are at your workplace, communities, immediate network and also within your outside network which you need to do some outreach to. It’s all about getting better and growing your career–so try to understand your skillsets better and see how you can refine them!

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