How to Build a Career and Not Just Find a Job
It’s better to upgrade yourself than just your resume.
Stand out if you want to be noticed. Finding a good job is easy but building a great career is not. A job can keep you employed only for a limited period of time. A career? It sticks around, forever. Upskill your talent to meet every opportunity that passes by. Don’t burn the bridges. The topmost point for building a career from your present job is to excel in whatever you are doing.
Becoming the best version of yourself should be your motto. Be the best in your field, and every organization in the industry will knock on your door at least once with a job offer.
Be an expert, not a simply professional if you dream to set up your own firm one day. Acquire relevant skills from your exposure to the industry.
Be the toner of your own page in life.
A bit artsy, but you get the meaning anyway.
Remember, the job you are doing should ideally be one that keeps you happily engaged in it. The word “Career” is dreaded, as if it is some kind of compulsion that only invokes unhappiness and boredom.
But it shouldn’t be so. Making a career should be a fun activity and it should keep you going. If it’s not, then that is a sign that you need big changes in your professional life.
Know the secret
Let me share a secret with you. Successful people excel in their careers because the work they do excites them. They could be a pilot who flies planes, a construction engineer who builds skyscrapers or a digital animation artist who create cool design; unless they love what they do, they cannot offer their best. In a previous article, I explained why artists detach themselves completely from the external world when they embark on an immersive journey, the end results of which are stunning works of art.
Even non-artists should inundate themselves with the same amount of passion to bring out the best of their professional self. This is the secret (or not so secret) mantra of professional success that doesn’t come at the cost of unhappiness.
It is often seen that people regularly change jobs or switch to a new career for being unsatisfied. That’s opposite of being focused. Make a firm plan and stick to it. Have faith that you have made the right professional choice for yourself. By right choice, I meant a career that excites you in as much as it paves way for professional success.
We all want to achieve success and a sense of satisfaction. And stability too. For getting all this, you need to build a career for yourself and not just find a job.
Pay attention to the points discussed below to get a sense of it.
- Know your strengths and weakness – Your supervisor has better knowledge of the work you are doing even if he is not doing it himself. This is because of years of experience and good presence of mind that he has. Copy these traits from him and tailor them to fit you.
- Don’t compromise – Take charge of yourself. Most people compensate for their weaknesses to fit in the job but for a career, you need to level up your strengths and neglect your weakness.
- Networking – The secret recipe for the great career is a good network. Especially if you are a beginner, networking will introduce you to relevant people and will contribute heavily towards your career. Keep your communication and networking skills right to stay ahead. Invest in relationships and they will give you returns in due time.
- Be gracious to everyone – Be respectful to everyone regardless of whether they are in a position to offer you something or not. Remember to earn respect you have to give it first.
- Choose your passion – Either love what you are doing or do what you love. If you want to build a high-paying career that also contributes to your personal happiness, either be realistic in doing imaginative stuff or be creative in handling menial chores.
- Flexibility – you never know where life takes you, so remain flexible. In the professional world, rigidity leads to failure quicker than everything else. Flexibility, in this context, means experimenting with different fields and industries you never had any previous exposure. You can even take a course if you are serious about acquiring additional skills
We are living in the era where people have good grades but lack skills. With everyone opting for grades, organizations are changing their ways of selection. For a good career or a job, you need to build good skills because your skills are going to take you further not your grades. Keep that in mind.
Also keep in mind that a great career is always a summation of hard work, smart work, determination, passion, strengths, punctuality, good skills, values, and professionalism.