Woo! You made it through the pandemic. Whether you lost your job, we’re furloughed, or made it through unscathed, there’s no question that the past year and a half has made us all a bit on edge when it comes to our careers. But as the world and economy has recovered, so has the job market. This past summer was actually known as “The Great Resignation.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021…you might’ve even been one of them! This is due to a number of factors, but what it comes down to is that it is now a candidate’s market. Now that we can shift our career mindsets from survival mode to how can I thrive? mode, you might be wondering how you can level up your career. Read on...
1. Identify the gaps
1. Identify the gaps
First things first - where do you want to go in your career? At least in the short term? If you have a general idea of what your next step is, you’ll be able to map out how to get there. Want a promotion? What mindset, behaviors, and skills does someone in that position have? Compare those to where you’re currently at, then work on bridging the gaps!
2. Get into a state of flow
If you’re not sure where you want to go with your career, this one’s especially for you! But even if you think you know your next moves, it’s important to understand what gets you into a state of flow. When we’re in a state of flow, we unlock creativity and time seems to easily slip away. Recognizing what gets us into this state can truly set us up for success by highlighting which of our strengths to lean into!
3. Take on stretch projects
We’ve all encountered projects that are outside the scope of our job descriptions, but need to get done. Volunteering for projects like these, or even projects that seem a little above your head, will help you stretch your skillset. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and jump in! It usually won’t go unnoticed, but either way you’ll gain broader experience which, let’s face it, always seems to be relevant at some point down the line!
4. Ask for feedback
This is super scary, especially if you’re a high achiever, but asking for critical feedback is the key to improving. You might be critical enough of yourself, but the best way to address any blind spots is to candidly request feedback on what you can improve on - from your managers, peers, and your direct reports!
5. Never stop networking
This one’s a bit of a cliche, but I think people often miss the point when it comes to networking. Instead of talking to others in your industry and hoping for something in particular to happen, detach yourself from the outcomes and simply make a connection. Forget about whether they might be able to help you or not. By being a human, focusing on what help you might be able to offer, and simply treating every person with the utmost respect, you’ll be networking without even realizing it. This always pays dividends, and you might just find that your career was lifted because of a random connection you made with someone!
Any career growth hacks you’ve come across? Let us know by commenting below! And keep hustling 💪