How To Turn Your Career From Zero To Hero

How To Turn Your Career From Zero To Hero - Introvert Whisperer

In today’s market, which is incredibly harsh and competitive, it’s getting increasingly difficult to get a job. But, even if you do have one, things are probably less than stellar. Your career is not where you want it to be, despite working hard and giving it your best. In the past, that used to be enough, but nowadays, things are bit more complex. Nobody is going to pat you on the back and give you a promotion or a raise. And the harsh truth is that they don’t have to. With so much competition around, nearly everyone is replaceable. But, in order to make yourself essential to the company, or to build your own business from the ground up, you need to take control of your own career and direct it to where you want it to go.


If you are not sure where to start, check out our list of things you need to do if you want to jumpstart your career and build it into something you are truly proud of.


1. Establish Career Goals
In order to assume control of your career, you need to create career goals. The most important thing to remember is to make your goals realistic, as well as specific. If your goals aren’t based in reality, you are just going to wind up frustrated as soon as they fail to come true, which will probably lead to you to give up. Also, by making your goals very specific, you are able to visualize the exact steps you need to take in order to succeed.


For instance, set a goal of becoming a manager in less than 5 years. That is your long-term goal. Then, focus on smaller, short-term goals which you need to achieve in order to get there. Figure out what you need to do within the next year, month, week, or the next day in order to move ahead.


2. Take Courses
Now, just because you have a degree in a certain field, you shouldn’t view it as something that is set in stone. Sure, if you are an engineer, you are probably not going to get hired as a marketing expert, despite your passion for it. But, if your company is looking for a marketing expert, and you possess the necessary skills and knowledge, they will probably consider you, because it will cost them a lot of time and money to recruit and integrate a new employee. It’s a lot easier for them to recruit someone from their own ranks.


And how do you acquire new knowledge? By taking online courses and reading. They allow you to take things at your own pace, which is really important when you are working a full-time job, and even get a certificate for it. And if you think their quality is subpar, you can focus on those created by some of the most reputable academic institutions in the world, such as MIT or Harvard.


3. Learn New Skills
We live in a time where we are required to learn new things all the time. If you thought you were done with studying as soon as you’ve finished college, think again. Regardless of your professional orientation, you should try and master some of the skills which are slowly, but surely, starting to become essential. We are talking about skills like coding or designing your own mobile applications, UX design, big data analysis, cloud computing, and so on.


There are plenty of materials, courses, and tutorials on these available online, most of the times for free. All those new skills and knowledge will make a valuable asset to the company, and rest assured, they will take notice. Plus, if you decide to go somewhere else, you will be able to put all that experience and knowledge into your resume, which will look a lot more impressive.


4. Network All the Time
A lot of job opportunities that come your way these days do not come from your knowledge, experience, recommendations, nor your skills. They come from the network of people you have come into contact with at some point. So, it’s not just about what you know, but also who you know. As your career grows, your network will expand, too, and you need to make sure to follow up with people inside your network every so often. That way, you will be on their radar, and they will think of you once their company starts looking for new people to hire.


5. Tidy up Your Social Media Profiles
Having a detailed LinkedIn profile is absolute must these days, so that goes without saying. But, even your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts are considered by the recruiters when scanning for potential employees. Pay attention to what you post online, because once it uploaded, it’s out there for everyone to see, forever.


6. Share Your Knowledge with Others
Instead of keeping your knowledge and experience to yourself, share it with your colleagues. Not only will it create a positive working environment, but you will also become a person of authority who they turn to in case they are stuck. That is the perfect opportunity for you to establish yourself as a leader.


These tips will help you grow your career and become a professional you’ve always wanted to be. And in case you are still not happy with the results, you will have enough knowledge and expertise to become your own boss and start your own business, which is another option that is worth exploring. Good luck!



Kerrie Haynes is an author of many articles and essays from different websites. She has been involved in several businesses – helped big companies with speeches, wrote a lot of works for students and pupils, took part in the editing of scientific articles, etc. Her goal is to help the young generation to become professionals. She is always open to offers. Here is her website

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