You wake up in the morning and look at your alarm clock dreading the idea of going to work. Despite the long hours of overtime and networking, you consistently are overlooked for a promotion.  

A recent Gallup survey revealed only 3 in 10 employees feel their opinion is valued at work. The sad reality is most people believe they are stuck with no options for a better career.

Now is the time to get out of that rut and change your life with these simple steps.

Know What You Want

A man without a plan is doomed to live a life of mediocrity. You need a career blueprint that details the following:

  • How much you want to earn
  • What company you want to work for
  • The responsibilities you want to complete
  • The employee benefits you desire

Now is the time to write these down on a paper and stick it up on your refrigerator or visible place to keep you motivated.

A Solid Resume Recruiters Can’t Ignore

The time it takes to re-write a resume for a different job description takes time. One way to write an epic CV is to find inspiration with the help of a resume template online. To be on the safe side, write the resume with high impact action verbs listed below:

  • Achieved
  • Delegated
  • Organized
  • Invented

If you work in sales, remember to add percentages of revenue growth or results driven achivements to get the attention of a HR recruiter.

Change Your Mindset

The power of the mind is real. Our fears can keep us at a low level or inspire us to be a better version of ourselves. Think of it like this. You might be in a dead end job but what happened yesterday does not define the man you are today.

Once the belief is sent in the mind that a better job opportunity is out there, you will be motivated to take action.

Start Working at a Higher Level

A higher level means walking away from the water cooler when people start gossiping about management. It includes asking to help other departments when their workload is overwhelming. When a colleague is sick and you tell your boss you’ll take on their work until their back in the office; this is high level working.

It doesn’t mean you can’t socialize with colleagues at happy hour. All it means is thinking with the mindset that the more you do what others won’t do, the more opportunities will come into your life.

Dress Like a Boss

You might be on a budget and that Ralph Lauren suit at the mall is too expensive. The thrift shops have all kinds of dapper work clothes. Instead of buying when items are high, wait until the seasons change to buy clothing at discount prices.

It is not only the intelligent words you speak that tell people you are ready for a career change. It is your swag and appearance that will show them you take pride in appearance.

Brush Shoulders with the C-Suite

If the constant job applications aren’t helping to find a new job opportunity, it is time to introduce yourself to an executive. One of the best ways to do this is to join a work committee that senior management attends. At meetings, present your ideas and introduce yourself to an executive after the meeting ends.

The truth is, sometimes managers won’t introduce you to game changes at work. It is up to you to make it happen.

An Educated Mind is Powerful

The choice to go back to University can be expensive. However, there are reasonable online courses on sites like Pluralsight and Coursera with a load of courses to take in photography, business, marketing, and technology. Add these certifications on a resume and tell your boss about the completed career development courses. They will be surprised you are putting to learn.

Motivational Content is King

What do you listen to in your car while driving to work? This time can be spent listening to success gurus like Napoleon Hill or Tony Robbins. Imagine how motivated you will feel listening to 30 minutes a day of life tips for success. It doesn’t sound very entertaining but the more positive content a person listens to, it will eventually help them overcome doubt or fear of failure.

Know Your Worth

There are online salary calculators based on a job description that will share an average salary. Before you go into an interview, you need to know how much you can negotiate at this stage of your career. The good news is, you can print it out when a raise is justified to show your boss that fair value of salary based on the job market.

Be Honest With Yourself

Let’s face it. We all believe we deserve a raise. It is all about what we are doing today for others to believe it. If you aren’t exceeding expectations in your role, the chances are it is holding you back.

A hired paid job comes with self-improvement and stepping outside of your comfort zone. If you have to put in the work, do it now because time is the only thing we can’t get back in life. Good luck!

Article written by Makeda Waterman

Contributor for Huffington Post


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