Manage Your Career Like A Business!

Hello everyone. Top of the day yo you all. I recently came across the quote of Vincent Van Gogh, -“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling”. And it inspired me to write this piece.

In the rapidly changing marketplace, the rules have changed. Almost everyone is a free agent, and that means that move up in any company or land a position with a new company, you need to manage yourself like a brand.

What are you known for? Why does your employer need rather than the guy next to you with a similar background and education?. Gone are the days when you could rely on a company to tell you what your career path should or could be like. You should be able to decipher that yourself.

What you’re known for adds value and makes you stand out. What you’re known for will get you noticed and promoted over time but as you grow, it may not be your focus anymore and it’s okay. Because at that point you’re where you want to be, but until that happens don’t quit.

To be in demand doesn’t just happen. You have to work at it. Have a vision. Set goals(reasonable goals). Seek insights. Get perspectives and feedback. Never stop learning and marketing yourself. Always be willing to go where the opportunities are.

Someone once said to me, “fake it till you make it”. The road ain’t going to be smooth, your shoes may wear out, but you’ve got to make it work. Nobody is going to do that for you. So, you’ve got to manage your career like a business. Keep a database of contacts and always keep in touch with them.

Don’t forget that while you’re honing your abilities, everyone won’t necessarily like you. But if you’re kind, drama-free, and dependable, it will surely take you a long way. Be willing to reach out to people who need your help, never say no to pro-bono offers and in turn, they will be eager to help you when you call for one.

Those who are getting unsolicited job offers in the market are often getting them from outside their own city and comfort zone. Before you make a move to change, ensure the opportunity is a smart one. Set yourself up so opportunities can find you. Market yourself. Don’t forget, It’s You, Inc.

It’s time to think about success!

Have a productive day.

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