BoSacks: The Profit Prophet: 7 Tips for Advancing Your Career
4. Be positive.
Everybody is stressed and working hard in these changing times, and a permanent positive attitude is of supreme importance. Your ability to present winning smiles and confidence will spread out of your department like a benign virus. Your optimistic tone will be helpful to everyone you meet from interoffice personnel, to vendors and other professional associates.
5. Network, network, network.
People usually think about networking when they start looking for a new job, but in reality, it is your responsibility to your career to network every day. Networking is the correct path to a base of industry knowledge that is invaluable. You will make important friends, become knowledgeable about what is happening in other companies throughout the industry and, just as important as everything else, you will become visible rather than anonymous.
6. Have a plan.
From early in my career, I had a plan and a goal. I wanted to be a director of manufacturing and distribution. Everything I did was with that in mind. I am not sure that I can offer that advice to you today. Not only does the technology change rapidly, but so do the roles of supervisors and management. So it may be harder in the 21st century to plan for a specific job position that may or may not exist 10 or 20 years into your career. That is a concept worth thinking about. Where can you expect to be a decade from now?
7. You have a career, not a job.
When it comes right down to it, there is a single most important piece of advice I can offer you. I believe it is relevant no matter what level or stage you are at in your profession.
If you approach your daily paid activities as a long-term career with zeal and attention, your job, or most likely your jobs, will take care of themselves. Every day on your current job is a building block in your career. The way you relate to your co-workers, vendors, supervisors and assorted others is a successful map to your goal of continued employment.