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5 Career Habits You Should NOT Live Without

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

As a career coach, I am often confronted by individuals who have been struggling in their current jobs or careers to varying degrees. The worst of these cases involve "Sunday night dread" - fear of a the full workweek ahead in a job they absolutely hate.

I'm often confronted with the million dollar questions:

"Am I in the right job?"

"Am I in the right career?"

My job enables me to guide my clients from asking those broad questions to witnessing them identify their strengths, weaknesses, and eventually - find the job they ACTUALLY WANT that aligns with their strengths and what matters most to them right now- their personal and work values.

So it got me thinking about what all the success stories have in common. What are the five tried and true habits successful, happy people employ and build into their personal career development strategies?

So, here are the top five career habits that I recommend you develop - whether you are in the early, mid, or latter part of your career:

Career Habit #1:

Meet with your mentor once a month. If you don't have a mentor, get one.

Career Habit #2:

Write down one personal and professional accomplishment each month and determine which you should add to your resume. Don't wait until it's time to apply to pull out your resume and update it. Work actively, not reactively.

Career Habit #3:

Review your LinkedIn profile and make sure you share information, an article, or a post that is helpful to someone else and reflects well on your values.

Career Habit #4:

Make learning a lifelong endeavor. Commit to attending one continuing education event a month. This could be a formal or informal meeting, association, Rotary Club meeting, etc.

Career Habit #5:

Pursue your interests. Make sure you carve out reading or listening time for something of interest to you. That will build your confidence in yourself, your area of expertise or another area of interest; strive for at least 30 minutes a week.

As I tell my clients, I am not a wizard and I do not have a crystal ball. However, even taking the small steps to own your career will make you feel more confident in considering a change or enhancing your current career trajectory.

Start these TODAY so that you are not seeking a change in a point of desperation.

It’s always better to be proactive than waiting until the last minute - ESPECIALLY if you have that Sunday night dread.

Remember, if you don’t own your career development, who will?

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