Tips on How to Sustain a Good and Productive Career

In a quest to make our long-term career more competitive and productive, we are faced with various issues that stop us from sustaining our dream job. These issues include a shift in the department, getting master degree at 50, or even the thought of having a baby. The key here is to learn how to sustain your chosen path, and that often means viewing yourself as an entrepreneur. It’s perfectly fine to take occasional breaks in expanding your career. But once you’re back from your hiatus, here are some tips to follow, which will guarantee that career longevity you’ve always wanted.

1. I’ve reached the pinnacle of my career. What’s next?

In your career, there comes a time when you reach its peak, and you feel like there’s nothing left to explore. In such situation, you must redefine your goals, and come up with new ideas on how to achieve them in your current state. To do this, you’ll need to break them down into smaller ones, making them more manageable and easier to achieve. By plotting your goals into a timetable, you are given an idea of what to do next, and you’ll find the right means on how to execute them. Whether you achieve them before or after the designated time, a goal is still an achievement in its own right.

2.  I’m pregnant!

As you traverse your career path, unexpected things happen – including pregnancy. Pregnant women are stuck in a class of two social ideals – the perfect parent VS the perfect employee. Here’s how you can handle both worlds.

·  Be Professional and Find a Substitute

Soon, you’ll have to avail of your maternity leave including the package that comes with it. This is the time you will also have to consider on who is the right person to take over your job while you’re away. Assist your HR and boss in choosing the right employee to handle your task while you’re on break and they’ll thank you for your professionalism.

·  Handle with Fatigue

Part of being pregnant is the emotional roller coaster that you’ll experience during the whole course of motherhood. It’s common to experience fatigue; but this shouldn’t be left unattended as it results to iron deficiency anemia. Change your diet with more red meat, seafood, and more greens. Set expectations to your officemates as well to avoid any misunderstandings.

 3.  How will I expand my limited circle?

Retaining your career also involves expanding your networks. With the advancement in technology, connecting to various industry leaders is easily done with the help of social media.

·         LinkedIn

It’s a networking haven for all experts and successful individuals. You’ll get to interact with the big names in the industry and, if you’re lucky, you can even get tips on how they retain their success. Use it to your advantage

·         Twitter

Apart from LinkedIn, many experts and CEO of big brands are also active Twitter member. In fact, their Twitter pages are more updated about what they think recently than their Facebook or LinkedIn page. You can find common grounds; and who knows, expand your connection faster. [one_half] The key here is that networking is relationship-building, and you build your circle by meeting other people. Along with dedication and hard work, these tips are proven ways to sustain and ensure longevity in a career path you’ve chosen. Also, your ability to recognize areas of weaknesses, reinforced with constructive changes, prove that you are a forward thinker in seeing the bigger picture. How do you plan to stretch your success?

This is a guest post from: Kyle Albert assists his friends in getting their dream job in this competitive economy. He mostly checks the blog section of How2Become to get the best tips for job hunters. Get to know him better on Twitter: @KyleAlbert9

I founded ResumeOK in 2011, with the goal of helping people increase their chances to get a better job. I am a career and online marketing expert that has reviewed and written thousands of resumes. During my career, I have found certain patterns that make a resume successful, and I’m sharing all my insights in the samples that you can find on ResumeOK. My work has been published by reputable publications such as BusinessInsider, FoxNews, SmartRecruiters, Business.com, HuffPost, ZipRecruiter, SnagAJob. If you need help with your resume, or just want to say “hi”, send me an email. Read more about us here .

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