5 professional development tips to stay relevant in the workforce

Image placeholder

“I think some people become content with where they are in their career,” says executive and leadership coach Jane Scudder, “but a lot of other people are hankering for more career development and want to continue to progress in their industry.

Hiring managers want to see that you’re invested in your professional development, no matter what stage you’re at in your career.

In order to be competitive, companies need to be at the forefront of their industry and adopt new innovations, setting the standard for others to follow.

Focus on your skills development

Keeping your skills current is crucial.

To do that, you’ll have to take ownership of your professional development, says Michael Melcher, an executive coach and partner at leadership development firm Next Step Partners.

To determine what skills are in demand today, Scudder recommends looking at job postings for positions that are one or two steps above your current role.

Once you’ve identified the skills that you’re looking to gain, take a targeted approach by seeking out both internal and external training opportunities.

%20Seek%20out%20online%20classes%20to%20help%20you%20brush%20up%20on%20Excel,%20Photoshop,%20public%20speaking,%20and%20other%20skills%E2%80%94and%20you%20can%20learn%20at%20your%20own%20pace%20from%20your%20computer%20or%20mobile%20device.

%3Cp/%3E%3C/p%3E%3Ch2%20style=" font-variant-numeric:="" normal;="" font-variant-east-asian:="" font-weight:="" 300;="" font-stretch:="" font-size:="" 26px;="" line-height:="" 1em;="" font-family:="" roboto,="" sans-serif;="" color:="" rgb(33,="" 33,="" 33);="" margin:="" 30px="" 0px="" 10px;="" padding:="" 0px;"="">Network, network, network

Building relationships with industry peers will enable you to gain a broader perspective of what’s going on your field, while also learning new work styles and problem-solving approaches.

%20Seek%20out%20online%20classes%20to%20help%20you%20brush%20up%20on%20Excel,%20Photoshop,%20public%20speaking,%20and%20other%20skills%E2%80%94and%20you%20can%20learn%20at%20your%20own%20pace%20from%20your%20computer%20or%20mobile%20device.

%3Cp/%3E%3C/p%3E%3Ch2%20style=" font-variant-numeric:="" normal;="" font-variant-east-asian:="" font-weight:="" 300;="" font-stretch:="" font-size:="" 26px;="" line-height:="" 1em;="" font-family:="" roboto,="" sans-serif;="" color:="" rgb(33,="" 33,="" 33);="" margin:="" 30px="" 0px="" 10px;="" padding:="" 0px;"="">You can start by meeting employees of different ages at your current company (every generation of workers operates differently), and then branch out to industry professionals outside your employer.

%20Seek%20out%20online%20classes%20to%20help%20you%20brush%20up%20on%20Excel,%20Photoshop,%20public%20speaking,%20and%20other%20skills%E2%80%94and%20you%20can%20learn%20at%20your%20own%20pace%20from%20your%20computer%20or%20mobile%20device.

%3Cp/%3E%3C/p%3E%3Ch2%20style=" font-variant-numeric:="" normal;="" font-variant-east-asian:="" font-weight:="" 300;="" font-stretch:="" font-size:="" 26px;="" line-height:="" 1em;="" font-family:="" roboto,="" sans-serif;="" color:="" rgb(33,="" 33,="" 33);="" margin:="" 30px="" 0px="" 10px;="" padding:="" 0px;"="">Continuing to expand your professional network will also help you improve your visibility within the industry, says executive coach and leadership speaker Debra Benton.

Ideally, you want to focus on forming relationships with thought leaders in your field—people who’ve already proven their ability to stay relevant in your industry.

Build a presence on social media

In today’s workplace, simply being on social media isn’t enough, says Benton.

Looking to establish yourself as an expert on a certain topic? Consider starting a blog on the subject, and use your social media profiles to drive traffic to the site.

Improve your visibility in the industry

You don’t necessarily need an invitation to take an active role in a professional association.

Try getting on the speaking docket or moderating a panel discussion at an industry conference—anything that helps you gain exposure and establish yourself as a leader in your field, says career and branding coach Thomas Powner.

If you’re not comfortable in front of a microphone, taking a public speaking course through an organization like Toastmasters can help you In addition, asking your boss to let you take on high-profile projects can help you improve your visibility at your organization.

87);%20font-variant-numeric:%20normal;%20font-variant-east-asian:%20normal;%20font-stretch:%20normal;%20font-size:%2016px;%20line-height:%2024px;%20font-family:%20Roboto,%20sans-serif;">”

Apply for awards

Don’t be afraid to promote your career achievements thus far, says Peggy Klaus, author of Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It.

Awards aren’t just for individuals; if you’re part of a team or manage a team, nominate yourselves for industry awards.

Expand your professional development

It’s not enough to win one game and declare yourself a champion.

As a member, you can get career advice, workplace trends, and job search tips sent right to your inbox so you can see how to get yourself to the next rung on the career ladder.

.
Source: | 2019-10-03 10:44:16