10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Below are 10 things we feel are key to making your professional future and life a lot easier:

  1. Know how to explain ‘what you do’. Refining your elevator pitch does take practice. It was also change throughout your career. Be so good at explaining what you do that people never forget it.
  2. Know your career non-negotiables. Be really be honest with yourself about what you need out of a career, make a list and don’t waste your time on jobs that don’t line up.
  3. Jump off a cliff every once in a while. Push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone and do something that terrifies you at least once in the early stages of your career.
  4. Learn how to take criticism. It is important to take criticism seriously and not personally. Knowing where you are not meeting expectations will allow you room to grow professionally.
  5. Learn to say No. Sometimes this can be the hardest word to say to your boss.  Knowing when and how to use this word when it is necessary, may save your sanity.
  6. Know how to negotiate. In most cases, this is the only way you are going to get what you deserve and want.
  7. Find a to-do list system that works for you. Whether you need 30 post-it notes or a list synced on all your devices, learn to manage your workflow.
  8. Know when you are the most productive. Use your energy levels to your advantage. Don’t spend your peak mental hours on wasteful things.
  9. Know how to manage stress. Stress can ruin your life if you don’t cope with it. Learn what helps you de-stress and make it part of your routine.
  10. Make a career emergency plan. What would you do if you got laid off tomorrow? Instead of panicking, get started on an action plan.