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4 Ways to be More Strategic About Career Development

In the corporate world, the human resource (HR) and business managers receive hundreds of emails daily and attend multiple meetings every month. They do not have enough bandwidth to think and help you grow in the organization by deploying your skills and talents in the appropriate division.

Therefore, it is best to take control of your career path and position yourself to take long-term growth. In this article at Harvard Business Review, Dorie Clark explains how strategically an individual can plan his or her career without taking unnecessary stress about it.

Deliberate Attempts

Firstly, take enough time to think about your career development by focusing on multiple ways to carve out time to be more deliberate. Initiate the groundwork for the position you want to achieve in the next few years. Here are four ways to become more strategic about the process:

  1. Set Aside Time: Force yourself to take out time for strategic reflection. Just the way you make that extra effort to hit the gym in the morning, use the same technique to enforce discipline around strategic thinking. Initiate a mastermind group of like-minded people to regularly meet and discuss big career goals, and hold each other accountable for making progressive moves.
  2. Clarity of Steps: Getting clarity on your professional goals is just a beginning. Mostly professionals lag in identifying the pathway to get there. Therefore, the best way is to put yourself five years down the line and write your resume as you envision it, including your new title and exact job responsibilities. This will help you think and move in the right
  3. Invest in Deep Work: As you ascend in the organization, the ability to jump high and fast becomes lean. What marks your success over time is the attempt to create in-depth, valuable projects like writing a book or a brilliant piece of code. Many professionals do not prefer to seek this workout considering zero ROI, but its long-term benefits are substantial.
  4. External Repute: Often, the external hires get 18 to 20 percent higher salary then internal staff. This clearly means in-house professionals are taken for granted mostly. However, this does not mean you jump off the ship every year. But it does point to the fact that, even if you stay at the same firm for long, cultivate a strong external reputation to welcome new opportunities.

Click on the following link to read the original article: https://hbr.org/2016/12/think-strategically-about-your-career-development

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