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How To Recharge Your Business Career

So you’ve been sitting in the same chair at the same desk doing the same things every day for what seems like forever. You haven’t had a promotion in a long time, and you’re not sure there’s even one to be had. You’re bored and frustrated, but the job market is tenuous — and at least you’ve got a salary, so you stick with it. Ho hum, another day another dollar.

The scenario might sound familiar, but you deserve better than that, don’t you? It’s time to reassess your situation and do something about recharging your career.

It could be you’ve been wrong about opportunities for advancement where you are, or maybe you’ve simply got to get out there and see what else is available, but taking these steps will give you the tools you need and the confidence to use them:

Amp up Your Education

If the job isn’t challenging you anymore, you’ve got to challenge yourself. Earning an MBA is a great way to do it. Not only will returning to school broaden your knowledge and give you valuable new skills in communication, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, it will put you in competition for the promotions and opportunities that have been there but that you haven’t qualified for.

It takes perseverance to stay at your job and take online MBA courses, but it’s the best investment you can make in your future. Don’t have an undergrad degree in business? It doesn’t matter. Only 34 percent of MBA candidates have backgrounds in business-related subjects.

Make a Record of Your Accomplishments

Keep track of all your successes in your current position. Project results, sales figures or whatever metrics apply to the work you do. Record them while they’re fresh in your mind and keep adding to them. What you’ll be building is a record of the value you’ve brought to your employer, whether you’re ultimately going to present it to them or to the hiring manager at another company. Results are what people look for when they’re looking to promote from within or to hire from the outside.

Toot Your Own Horn… a Little

Don’t let modesty outrank your own fair assessment of your abilities. In a competitive business environment, you’ve got to speak up on your own behalf once in a while. For a lot of people, talking about their own abilities and successes doesn’t come easily, and they don’t want to cross the line into bragging. Just be mindful of your presentation. When a natural opportunity arises you might say something like “Did you know I was the one who came up with the idea for that project? This is how we did it… “ That’s not bragging. It’s simply sharing information that shines some light on you.

Be a Good Team Member

You might be the kind of person who feels more comfortable, or even does better work, by themselves. But teams are what’s happening these days, and it’s to your benefit to learn how to serve as a member of one. Brush up on how to listen, how to collaborate, how to share expertise and how to develop consensus. Watch how others manage it, and take their lead. Follow through on your part, and if you can volunteer to do more without getting in anyone else’s space, go for it.

Make a Mentor of Your Boss

If your company doesn’t have annual reviews, find another appropriate time to let your boss know that you’re looking forward to moving up in the organization. Let him or her know that you’re prepared for more responsibility and that you’ve got some ideas about how you can help the company. Be ready with specific examples. Then ask for advice about what you can do to make it happen. It’s a reasonable question because any good boss wants to see employees succeed, and it’s a win-win if your attitude encourages him or her to guide you along the way.

Keep up on Things

Stay current on what’s going on in your organization from top to bottom as well as the new trends in your industry and in the kind of work that you do within it. Read trade magazines and also be aware of outside and world events that can impact your field. Nothing you learn ever goes to waste.


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