It happens to all of us. We get to that point where the job feels repetitious and we’ve become stagnant.
Following are some ideas how to get your career moving again.
Have a Conversation with Your Boss
Inform your boss that you’re readying to move to the next step. Discuss how to get that next promotion and together develop a plan that will put you on track to getting it. You might not be aware of the additional skills, education, or certifications you’ll need before you can get promoted. Partnering with your boss will get you moving in the right direction. If you’re a valued employee the company won’t want to risk losing you. They’ll be more inclined to work with you on getting that promotion.
Take a Class
Sometimes we get stagnant because we’re not learning anything new. There are plenty of resources available on-line that will allow you to work a class into your busy schedule. If you are fortunate enough to work for a company that offers classes through the company’s Training and Organizational Development department, take advantage of the opportunity. Showing the initiative to continue learning will get your recognized and put you on track for that promotion.
Get a Certification
If there are specific certifications related to your field, consider getting one. You’ll be learning new information and getting a certificate at the same time. Check with your company because they might even pay for the cost. When it comes time for promotions, your certification might give you the edge over someone else.
Conduct an Informational Interview
If you think you want to move into another position but you’re really not sure, find someone doing the job and ask to take them to lunch or for coffee. Interview them to find out what their job entails and what it takes to be successful at it.
Update Your Resume
What if that dream job happens to present itself tomorrow? Will you be ready? Or will you need to take the next two weeks updating your resume and miss the opportunity. Take the time now to polish your resume and be ready.
Get Involved at Your Company
Volunteer to work on a project to start a recycling program or to set up the health fair. Getting involved will allow you to meet new people and find out about other possible opportunities in the company. Let your boss know that you would like to participate on a cross functional team. Working with other departments will not only get you noticed but it show cases your drive to make a difference.
Finish Your Degree
Even if it will take five years because you work full-time and you have a family, the time is going to pass anyway. Carve out at least one extra hour a day to take a class. You’ll be moving your career forward and you’ll be a positive role model for your children.
The first step is always the hardest.
You CAN do it!