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Three Career Development Tips

17281376_mWhether you are looking for a promotion or a salary increase, here are three career development tips to help you reach your career goals:

Be Innovative

Showing innovation is crucial if you want to get noticed and want to progress your career. Most employers are impressed by candidates that show innovation as it demonstrates you have a real desire to help the company progress. There are a number of ways you can show innovation on the job. Voicing opinions, creating new processes and telling your boss about them, pitching ideas in meetings and keeping a keen eye on your competition are all ways of showing innovation in the workplace.

Set Goals

In order to achieve your promotion or to develop in the workplace you need to set goals. Setting goals will help you to keep motivated and focused. It’s also a good idea to set targets as you can regularly check your progress and see how far away you are from achieving your goals. Write down a list of goals you would like to achieve and set a realistic date you want to achieve them by. You can also include some details on how you are going to achieve the goals – whether it’s attending training days or going to networking events. Pin this to your desk and assess your goals regularly to keep on track with your career development.

Set a Meeting

Setting a meeting with your manager can help you to achieve career progression. Not only will it give you a date to work towards but it will give you an opportunity to tell your manager about the work you have been doing and to ask for their feedback. To kick-start your career development you should arrange a meeting with your manager to talk through what you want to achieve and the goals you are looking to set. Your manager can then provide feedback and advice on what you need to do to make your goals a reality. After putting this into action you can then book a follow up meeting with your manager to keep them updated with your progress and to find out about any opportunities. Setting regular meetings will help you to build rapport with your manager and should help with your career development plans.