Career Planning

Written by Patricia Skinner
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If you want to have the edge over your colleagues and make sure you're the one who stands out for promotion, you need to first make sure you're in the right job. If you take steps to make sure you're perfectly matched to the work you do, you'll be putting yourself way ahead to begin with. Even without exerting yourself, you'll be a long way out in front of the rest.

Because you will pick work that you enjoy and that comes naturally to you, this kind of career planning can succeed even if you do nothing else. This is the secret to success for countless tycoons: they're simply doing something they love so much, they don't usually fail at it, and if they do, they're willing to try again. If this idea appeals to you, and it's hard to see why it wouldn't, you might be interested to know what career steps you can take to make sure you stand out from the crowd at work.

Finding Your Niche in Life

To begin with, you might want to consider a professional career appraisal. This is a questionnaire or quiz that exposes all your traits, good or bad. The knowledge gleaned from such an appraisal will enable a professional career coach or counselor to advise you on what kind of work is perfect for you.

Then, once you're sure what it is you want to do, you need to uncover the best sources of top jobs. One way to open up channels between you and prospective employers is networking. A little socializing in the right places can create links between you and key people so that the people who matter know about you. Networking is one of the best ways to get the job you've set your heart on.

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