How to Build a Career

Many people are beginning a new career since so many industries have seen a decline in job availability in the past several years. There are industries that enjoy growth, even in hard times. The medical field, for instance, is growing and expects even more jobs in the next several years. So, how do employees make themselves attractive to potential employers? Taking a few steps to make yourself marketable now can mean big gains in the long run.

Specialize

Businesses are always in need of people with special skill sets. Phlebotomy, diagnostic technicians and other skilled employees have training and skills that are constantly in need at hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics and in laboratories. You become easier to hire if you attain skills that set you apart from others who are also competing for jobs. Training usually takes just a year or two, and much of it is available online.

Build Your Skills

Once you get your foot in the door, don’t stop. Continue to add to your skills set. The more jobs you are able to handle for your employer, the more valuable you become to them. Take as many advanced classes in your field as you can. If there are other jobs around you that you are interested in taking on, start educating yourself in these areas, too.

Pursue Higher Education

Many employees find that learning new job skills, getting additional training in their own job and choosing an MBA program are good ways to stay valuable to their employers. When you have the necessary skills to handle your work as well as take on additional assignments, this automatically sets you apart as an asset to the workplace. Education opens the door for promotions and openings that job candidates with less education don’t qualify for.

Update Your Resume Frequently

As you gain new training, certifications, degrees and accomplishments, keep your resume updated to reflect what you have to offer. Add courses that you take on your own as well as those provided by your employer. Sometimes all you need to tip the scales in your favor when applying for a promotion or a new position is knowledge and training that another job candidate lacks.

Have a Good Attitude

Many employees underestimate how important it is to get along with other people and with management. An employee with the best possible skills sets and training may lose out on promotions and opportunities because they are difficult to work with. Build interpersonal skills that allow you to work well with others, whether those people are a lower rank than you, on equal ranking or outrank you. When you make it easy for others to work with you, hiring you becomes a pleasure for your employers.

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