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Five Tips To Get Ahead In Your Career

- Feb 6, 2014

Are you just beginning a new job? Or are you stuck in a job, wondering just what to do to get ahead in your career? If you want to make a success out of an y job, you must follow certain best practices that high achievers and successful people have followed throughout the ages. Successful individuals have success traits that help them get into the position where they can achieve more and get to the top of their careers.


The following five tips are based on the success traits that have been observed among high achievers.

1.       Be Willing To Learn

Successful people are always willing to learn. Use every situation as a learning opportunity. Read the books written about your industry. Stay up-to-date on the happening s in your industry. Get more education, if possible. You should never feel too “expert” to learn. Have the humility to know that there is always room for learning and improvement. If you imbibe the culture of learning, you will be able to improve and get to the next step of your career.

 2.       Be Hardworking

A lot of people believe in talent. However, talent is not a good predictor of success. One attribute of successful people is that they work harder than most. If you want to get ahead in your career, you must put in the bench time. Spend the hours to do good work and your effort would show. Bring your energy to the job and go the extra mile. To increase your ability to work hard, make sure you are working in a company that does something meaningful. If you are not captivated or passionate about your job, you may not be able to work hard and working hard is necessary to get ahead in your career.

3.       Be Ambitious

Many career coaches would advice you not to show your ambition or not to be ambitious. The danger in this advice is that not showing your ambition would make people think you like it where you are. Would you like to get ahead in your career? Then show it. Set definite goals for yourself and work steadily to achieve them. You should be able to draw the line between showing ambition and being overly pushy in your dealings with colleagues and bosses.

4.       Build Positive Relationships

A workplace is a social environment and if you want to improve your chances of success, you must strive to build positive relationships. Have respect for your colleagues. Interact easily with everyone regardless of their position in the company. By doing this, you will be likable and you would be able to get ahead in your career.

5.       Be Good At What You Do

To get to the top of your career, you must do the best job that you can. Earlier tips in this article tie into this point. If you are constantly learning, you would be able to find ways of doing your job better than others. You should strive to have an extra-ordinary knowledge of your job. This way you can increase your usefulness to the organization.

What tips have helped you get ahead in your career? Let us know in the comments.

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