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12 Keys To Career Success

  1. 1. Toastmasters Power Speakers Club #9309-77 12 Keys to Career Success November 29, 2007
  2. 2. 12 Keys to Career Success <ul><li>1. Manage your career </li></ul><ul><li>2. Take responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>3. Start today </li></ul><ul><li>4. Define success for yourself </li></ul><ul><li>5. Establish a basic foundation </li></ul><ul><li>6. Create value </li></ul><ul><li>7. Be hard on yourself </li></ul><ul><li>8. Get focused </li></ul><ul><li>9. Become a writer </li></ul><ul><li>10. Use setbacks as a springboard </li></ul><ul><li>11. Train for success </li></ul><ul><li>12. Consider past employers </li></ul>“ 12 Keys to Career Success” by John Oltesvig, Quality Progress Magazine, October 2006
  3. 3. Manage Your Career <ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify what you want </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider type of job, location, family life, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid disasters </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent burnout </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Within 5 years, I want to be promoted to the next level” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“I will have my CPA license by 2012” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Take Responsibility <ul><li>Do not depend on your current employer to ensure your career success! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t play the blame game when bad things happen. Consider how you might have prevented and/or prepared for it better. </li></ul><ul><li>Taking personal responsibility improves the chances that you will not become disenchanted, cynical and bitter, or develop a poor attitude </li></ul>
  5. 5. Start Today <ul><li>The choices you make today to change and continuously improve will lead you eventually to the results you seek. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t dwell on the past, move on! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t procrastinate!! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Define Success for Yourself <ul><li>“Success is the progressive achievement of a worthy goal” – Earl Nightingale, Lead the Field </li></ul><ul><li>How do YOU define success? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal net worth? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition by your peers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of expertise in your field? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping a job? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Establish a Basic Foundation <ul><li>Create a good reputation for yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish credibility through longevity, e.g. you may have to keep one or more jobs for a period of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a name for yourself through volunteer work and community service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Constant job-hopping can undermine this goal (unless you are a consultant) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Create Value <ul><li>Determine organizational goals and how you can contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure your efforts are known & recognized by organization leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Keep judicious personal notes of your accomplishments for future reference </li></ul>
  9. 9. Be Hard on Yourself <ul><li>Do things to push yourself, don’t take the easy road </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work hard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pursue professional certifications & training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider college degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t just “punch the clock” – add value through meaningful contributions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Get Focused <ul><li>“ In order to get what you want, you must help others get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar, Over the Top </li></ul><ul><li>Determine what you can do to help your boss and your organization achieve goals </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on how you can contribute toward meeting those goals </li></ul>
  11. 11. Become a Celebrity <ul><li>Make yourself “known” in your industry </li></ul><ul><li>Submit a paper or news article or write a book </li></ul><ul><li>Consider speaking engagements </li></ul>
  12. 12. Use Setbacks as a Springboard <ul><li>Most Americans change jobs at least 3 times during their career </li></ul><ul><li>Chances are that you will be fired, laid off, or downsized or your company will be acquired or go bankrupt </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t dwell on the situation, move on! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Train for Success <ul><li>“You don’t earn a living, you learn a living.” </li></ul><ul><li>Consider getting an associates or bachelors degree, especially if your employer pays </li></ul><ul><li>Professional certifications and licenses are also worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning programs offer a lot of flexibility to working people </li></ul>
  14. 14. Consider Past Employers <ul><li>Going back to a former employer after some period of time might work in your favor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You have an established reputation and are a known quantity to them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have continued to establish your reputation elsewhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You should get a job with more responsibility and increased pay </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. 12 Keys to Career Success <ul><li>1. Manage your career </li></ul><ul><li>2. Take responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>3. Start today </li></ul><ul><li>4. Define success for yourself </li></ul><ul><li>5. Establish a basic foundation </li></ul><ul><li>6. Create value </li></ul><ul><li>7. Be hard on yourself </li></ul><ul><li>8. Get focused </li></ul><ul><li>9. Become a writer </li></ul><ul><li>10. Use setbacks as a springboard </li></ul><ul><li>11. Train for success </li></ul><ul><li>12. Consider past employers </li></ul>

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