Blog Series: Taking the Next Step in Your Career

Maybe you are a recent graduate and entered the workplace just months ago. Or, maybe you have been in your job for five years. Regardless, you should always be thinking of this phrase: How do I take the next step?

Complacency is never a good thing, so you should always be driving yourself to be a success. By settling, we lose the drive and the ambition to take that next step.

I’ve had a number of jobs and switched careers. All those experiences helped me launch my own business. Here are five tips that I believe can help you take your next step.

1. Keep Your Eyes Open– You never know when a great opportunity may come upon you. Never just dismiss it; think about the pros and cons. I always do a personal SWOT analysis at every opportunity.

2. Be Smart– I never would tell someone to jump to another job just for the sake of jumping. Do your research. Look at what you can offer them as much as why they can offer you.

3. Spread Your Wings– As much as you may not want to, considering a job in another city or state could be the perfect move. It offers the challenge of learning a new area and making a name for yourself. Plus, meeting new people always helps to challenge us.

4. Listen to a mentor– A trusted colleague can sometimes be the best sounding board. They can also often give terrific career and life guidance. They’ll also be blunt in their opinions, which you should listen carefully to.

5. Don’t Doubt Yourself– This sounds easy, but it isn’t always the case. You are the one that knows your skills best; believe in yourself and know that even though you may not know it all, you can still be a success.

Do you have some tips that have helped you take the next step? Let me know in the comments.

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About JasMollica

"It's never too late to have a life and it's never too late to change one." That's something I tell students, friends, and family all the time. After living and working in New York City, I took my own advice in 2004, switched my career from the television/radio industry and got into public relations. Now, I spend my days as a PR/social media marketing consultant and get inspired daily. It's been a good ride, so far. But the car has plenty of gas left. I hope you'll join along in this guy's journey!

Posted on January 31, 2013, in Inspiration, Job Search, Personal Branding and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I so needed to read this! Great post!

  2. Thanks for your post. Here is my tip: Create your own opportunities.
    I go throughout my day with those words scrolling through my head. Focusing on that phrase has helped me create and follow “the next step” many times over the years. I actually wrote an article on the subject earlier today. You can find it at timevo.com if you’re interested. Thanks again for your words.

  3. Great post, it is so energetic and informative..

  4. Your blog is so energetic and informative..thanks for sharing with us.
    http://www.write2market.com/

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