Career Success: How to Stay in the Game
These days, you might feel like just having a job is enough of an accomplishment. But don’t allow yourself to be lulled into a sense of security that keeps you from maintaining momentum in your career. Your situation could change at any time, and it’s a lot harder to get “back in the game” if you’ve been keeping a low-profile and have let your networking skills get rusty.
As this article says, you should keep acting as if you are in “job search” mode even if you are happily employed and expect to stay that way for the foreseeable future. For one thing, many of the same strategies you use during a job search can also be beneficial to you in your career once you’ve landed a position.
So here are some tactics you should be doing constantly, whether or not you plan to be job hunting anytime soon.
Stay visible and active. Actions speak louder than words, so claiming to be savvy with social media won’t mean much if you’ve become MIA on Facebook or Twitter. Maintain an active presence on several of the top social networking sites.
Keep up on news and trends. You need to stay on top of all the latest happenings in your industry—and your company—so your wealth of knowledge will make you a valuable asset to your boss and others you may want to impress.
Share your knowledge. Once you have all this information, make sure to be generous in sharing it. Participate in online (and in-person) communities where you can establish a reputation as the go-to person for this know-how.
What are your secrets to staying in the game professionally? Share tips in the comments.
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