5 Essential Tips for Proactively Managing Your Career

By Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD

In my experience working with clients from disparate backgrounds, I have come to the conclusion that regardless of their field or level of responsibility, all professionals can take steps to safeguard their careers—even if individual jobs might come and go. Here are five tips to proactively manage your career:

Tip #1: Document your accomplishments. Even if you’ve garnered what feels like only small achievements, jot them down for easy recall. At work, keep a “small wins” folder that includes accomplishments, emails expressing praise, etc. Use these “wins” as evidence of your value to the company during annual reviews.

Tip #2: Learn new skills. Whether volunteering for an unfamiliar task or enrolling in a Coursera course, don’t allow yourself to get stale. You can also inquire whether your employer offers financial support if you pursue an advanced degree.

Tip #3: Network. Cultivate a strong network of advocates in person and online. Consider attending local industry-specific and alumni events—and developing a strong LinkedIn presence.

Tip #4: Maintain up-to-date documents. Always be in “ready mode.” Opportunities often come when least expected, so having a current resume and strong LinkedIn profile will help ensure you’re not caught off-guard.

Tip #5: Reflect on your goals periodically. Ensure what you do, where you are going, and what you want all align with your strengths. Consider taking the CliftonStrengths assessment if you have not done so.

More than just a few simple steps to take, this is a process that helps you create a mindset for a successful and rewarding career.

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