The reality is, though, that by choosing one area improvement to focus on at a time, we can become better versions of ourselves – and better professionals – in a short amount of time.
To help get you started, here are 35 ways we can quickly improve our professional lifes:
1. Learn a New Skill
Professionals always need to learn new skills and build upon their knowledge. If you want to be ahead of the game, you must challenge yourself to learn a new skill (whether it’s directly related to your field, or not).
2. Take an Improv Class
It might sounds crazy, but an improv class can teach you how to think on the spot and challenge your creativity. This is a great way to prepare yourself for interviews and meetings.
Traveling your state, country, and the world is a great way to open your mind, gain knowledge, and create a worldly perspective to bring back to work. Not only that, but traveling also helps you grow as an individual.
4. Read More
Reading is the only way you’ll become smarter and well-versed in your field. Whether it’s a magazine, blog, novel, journal, or newspaper, make sure you’re putting in the effort to learn something new.
5. Learn HTML
HTML is become a second language for most professionals. Even if it’s something as simple as creating a link, invest some time into learning how to code. To get you started, here is a useful HTML code you can use almost every day:
To embed a link into your text, use the following code: <*a href=”YOUR LINK HERE”>TEXT<*/a>. When using this code, just remember to remove the asterisks (*) and you’ll be all set!
6. Create a Website
A website is a great way to showcase your experience and best work to your colleagues, recruiters, and employers. There are a number of platforms you can use to get started such as WordPress, Blogger, or Weebly.
7. Write a Book
Writing a book might seem scary for most people, especially those who aren’t fond of writing. However, this can be an exercise that challenges your creativity and boosts your self-discipline. Even if it’s writing a book you have no intentions of publishing, making yourself write 30 minutes a day can help you feel accomplished.
8. Become a Master Networker
Networking is the only way you’re going to advance your career in today’s workplace. Be sure to make friends and new connections wherever you go because you never know who can lead you to a new endeavor.
9. Sell Something
Do you have a skill, idea, or product you want to turn into a business? Then go for it! Today, it’s super easy to open a business online and begin selling a service or product. All you need is a business plan and your ideas!
10. Become a Mentor
Chances are you have had a professional or friend in your life who has helped you during the highs and lows of your career. Why not return a favor and become a mentor to someone else?
11. Ask Questions
Another great way to expand your mind is to ask questions. Whether you’re in an interview, at a meeting, or having lunch with a friend, be sure to ask questions and engage in the conversation.
12. Identify Your Sources of Procrastination
Everyone struggles with procrastination at some point or another. Regardless of how extreme your case may be, try to pinpoint the source of your procrastination and overcome the obstacle.
13. Learn Your Most Productive Hours of the Day
This goes hand-in-hand with battling procrastination. Everyone is different when it comes to being more productive. For instance, if you find you’re more productive in the morning, then do your most important work as soon as you wake up. On the other hand, if you find you’re more productive later in the day, then you might want to save important tasks for the afternoon or evening.
14. Nurture Your Relationships
Your relationships will take you far in life and in your career. Don’t neglect the valuable relationships you have because, when you least expect it, these people will be the most supportive and influential people in your life.
15. Interview Yourself
Every few months, sit down and interview yourself. Ask yourself questions about your career and personal goals. If you find yourself getting off track, this is your opportunity to prioritize and figure out what it is you want to accomplish.
16. Challenge Yourself with a New Goal
Goals are what keep human beings motivated to be productive individuals. Whether your goal is as simple as reading the paper each morning or something big like earning a promotion, keep your eyes on the prize and challenge yourself to be a better person.
17. Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Happy professionals are healthy professionals. Make sure you eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and recognize the exact moment when you feel stress approaching.
18. Use Business Cards
Although business cards might seem a little old-school, they’re still a very effective tool for networking. Plus, they’re easier to give to a person than asking them to input your phone number into their contact list.
19. Learn a New Language
Being bilingual is an excellent skill to have because it will set you apart from many professionals in your field. It will also help you communicate better whether you’re at work or out exploring the world.
20. Become an Expert
Everyone has the opportunity to become an expert, you just have to figure out what your strengths are. Once you realize what your strengths are, choose one that will help you become an expert in your field.
21. Use LinkedIn
If you’re not already on LinkedIn, open your account after reading this article. Once you have your account set up, participate in LinkedIn groups and share relevant information with your networks.
22. Stay in Touch with Alumni
Alumni from your school and program can serve as a gold mine of connections during your career. Don’t neglect the relationships with the people you went to college with because there’s a strong chance one of them can help you land a job or internship down the road.
23. Attend Career Events
Career events are a great way for any professional to build connections and learn new skills. Whether you’re looking for a job or not, make the effort to get yourself going to events.
24. Host a Workshop
To build your expertise and help others, why not host a workshop? It doesn’t have to be anything complex. Whether it’s teaching a group of people how to build their personal brands or how to become a better blogger, this type of experience will help you build upon your communication and leadership skills.
25. Join a Professional Organization
Professional organizations are a great way to meet people in your field and discover opportunities. Not only that, but it can also be a huge boost to your resume.
26. Perfect Your Side Hustle
In today’s workforce, almost every professional has a side hustle. Whether it’s freelancing, running an online business, or working a second job, find something to do outside of your 9-to-5 job that feeds your passions.
27. Know When to Say “No”
A common problem many professionals face is getting burned out from work and their careers. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed at work, don’t hesitate to say “no” to the extra project or meeting. This will help you focus on the most important elements of your job.
28. Be Confident
Confidence will make a huge difference in your career, job search, and personal life. The more you believe in yourself, the more others will become impressed by your skills and experience.
29. Have an Open Mind
Having an open mind will allow you to take your career to a whole new level. You need to allow yourself to push beyond your comfort zone and try new things whether it’s at work, in your personal life, or passions.
30. Be Persistent
Persistence is key if you ever want to get ahead of the game. Throughout your career, you’ll need to be persistent if you ever want to find a new job, build your brand, or reach a new goal.
31. Be Able to Answer, “What Do You Do?”
This seemingly simple question can become the most difficult one to answer. Take some time to reflect on who you are as a professional and how you want to be perceived by others. This will help you feel more confident when you introduce yourself to others.
32. Improve Your Writing Skills
It’s doesn’t matter if you’re an accountant or marketing professional. Writing is one of the most important skills that will carry you through your career. If you can’t write an email or send a memo, good luck communicating with your boss or coworkers.
33. Be Thankful
Giving thanks in your career is a wonderful way to boost positivity in your career. Especially when things aren’t going as planned, feeling thankful for what you have can change your perspective.
34. Find Your Niche
Almost every professional has a niche. Whether it’s directly related to your career path or your passions outside of your career, find your little corner of the world to call your own.
35. Follow Up and Make It Count
Following up is a very important strategy whenever you attend a job interview or meet a new professional. If you tell someone you’re going to follow up, make sure you do it and make the effort count. You don’t want to jeopardize any budding relationships or opportunities.
These 35 tips will, without a doubt, make you a better – more marketable and employable – young professional. What would you add to this list?
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About the Author: Olivia Adams is the Brand Manager at Come Recommended. She is a graduate of Ferris State University with a B.S. in public relations. Olivia has experience in content marketing, writing, social media, branding, and public relations.
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