In a world that is becoming a lot more competitive for work, you must execute your due diligence to secure your value and placement into a great career. Most people make the mistake of following an assumed way of landing a “decent job” from one’s own past knowledge and experience. The truth of the matter is that there is a commonly used strategy that highly increases the chances of you obtaining the dream job in the chosen career field. The following steps were prepared for those who are looking for work, changing careers or ascending to the height of their profession. By utilizing the information contained here you shall posses the accurate knowledge and foundation to accelerate your path toward career success.

You Must Decide On What You Want to Do

When it comes to your future career a decision has to be made. You must choose what career path you will follow. This is the first step if you want to have success in your career. If you do not do the first step you will find yourself working at a dead beat job just going through the motions. A lot of people don’t do this for some reason. So let this be your first step. Understand what you have interest in, make a decision and go for it. You can always change down the line but there is no use in waiting because the clock will keep on ticking.

Most people that do not have the exact career choice pinned down, look at others who have made seamlessly easy career choices with envy because they still haven’t answered this question for themselves.

“What do I want to do when I grow Up?” 

1. Identify Your Talents & Skills

Knowing your strengths, interests and weakness is a part and parcel of the career planning and development procedure. To be successful in your professional career, you need to be well informed about the talents, skills and unique qualities that you have. Take a look at and analyze the activities that you most enjoy and love to do. Review your academic history and the past job history to discover what you enjoyed doing the most.

2. Get the Training & Certification Needed

Ok so you know exactly what career path you are going to pursue right? OK …Now you have to consider if that path involves you going to school for Bachelors’, Master or Doctorate Degree??? Or if you need to get training for a trade or special skills mentoring. Getting the training and skills you need is vital to your professional career success. The skills acquired will allow you to perform at the level required, so do this as fast as you can.

3. Update Resume & Cover Letter

Everyone should have a resume on file that captures all the important facts about your professional working history. Your resume is the first thing an employer usually sees before deciding to interview you. So make sure your resume is as complete as possible. To go along with the resume is the cover letter this is also critical to landing that job or career you want. The cover letter allows you to show the employer that you have gained some history about the company and gives the process a more personal feel. A cover letter should be customized to each job that you send it to.

4. Professional Profile

When employers are interested they want to see what you are really like, so don’t think that they won’t Google search you and check out your Facebook! They definitely will! So make sure your profiles on any social site is as professional as possible. You don’t want to lose out on an opportunity because you had some embarrassing picture up from college that show you partying your butt off.

5. Seek a Job You Are Passionate About

Though a career and a job are usually taken as synonyms, there is huge difference between the two. You might be doing a job simply for the sake of doing it. Only a job that you feel passionate about can lead you to a successful career. Do you have a mission or a work purpose that moves you? Do you want to make an impact in other people’s lives? How can you best use your talents and skills? These are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself while you seek a job that you really feel passionate about. When you take up a job that you really love doing, it turns into a successful career.

6. Dress for Success To Give the Right Impression Every Time

Ok so you got the interview! Nice job.. Now it is time for you to land that job by winning in the interview. So the first thing you want to make sure of is your dress or attire. You want to go to your interview looking as professional as possible and yes that means business suits, dress shoes, dress shirts and tie. Jewelry should not be worn unless its a watch so guys no earrings, chains hanging out, extravagant rings or bling bling watches. Don’t even risk it! Ladies can get away with some jewelry but still you have to look as professional as possible.

7. Have A Great Interview

One thing you need to do is really prepare for you interview as much as possible. Review in your mind how that interview will take place. Even use someone to do a mock interview with you using questions the interviewer will likely ask. You can find common question online and even for specific jobs. So make sure you review, research and prepare as much as possible. Know everything on your resume especially and also know about the company. Do the interview like you already work there. Be confident, humble, polite, pleasing, at ease, smiling, positive, communicate clear and make sure you ask questions too! Don’t ask how much the pay is though…That’s a no no…They will get to that if you get an offer.

8. Hit the Ground Running

Ok  so you crushed that interview….Now you know when your first day is. So you need to prepare yourself to get with the program as quickly as possible. Hit the ground running at your job by understanding what it is that you need to know and applying it as soon as you can.

9. Become the Expert

Professional success comes through efficient career planning, development and management. To do it all effectively, you can need to study, explore and learn everything which relates to your career field. Read books on your field of work and avail the benefits of company training programs. If you develop this study-and-learn habit and can keep it, you are going to be an expert in your field very soon.

10. Work During the Time You Are Paid to Work

While performing your job responsibilities, try to become an asset to the company you work for. Never step back from going that extra mile to stand yourself apart from other employees and prove your worth to the employer. Whether personally or professionally, build yourself an excellent reputation at the workplace. The reputation that you build will follow you everywhere and will be an essential ingredient of your overall career development and success.

11. Keep Your Life And Work Space Organized

12. Avoid Negativity & Gossip

You can come across many hurdles throughout your career development process. At the workplace, you will meet people hailing from a variety of backgrounds. Learn to get along with each and every one well. Keep away from people who suffer from negativity. Surround yourself with positive people and stay motivated and inspired.

13. Be A Team Player

14. Keep Adding to Your List of Achievements

The career development process goes on throughout your professional career. So, continue adding to your list of achievement. Be highly committed towards your job responsibilities and work towards developing an attractive portfolio of accomplishments. And always keep yourself ready to grab newer and advance career opportunities.

15. Find Ways To Give Back

Take on a new project, head a committee to plan the company picnic, or set up information-gathering meetings with people in other parts of the company to learn more about what they do.