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

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