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Get career smart

It's time to take charge of your career and achieve the goals you want. Here are four tips to help you get started:
  • Look within your own company. Make it known to your supervisor or manager that you would like to pursue career advancement. Internal promotion is one of the most popular ways to advance your career, but it won't happen unless you make your intentions clear. Many companies look favorably upon internal employees who demonstrate a long-term interest in the organization, so don't be afraid to have a professional discussion about your career ambitions with your manager.
  • Evaluate your skills. Look at postings or newspaper ads for positions that you would like to pursue in 2003. Carefully note the qualifications stated and evaluate your own skills in comparison to the requirements. If you need to improve your skills to achieve your new career in 2003, get started now by evaluating educational opportunities that will help you acquire the skills you need for advancement.
  • Learn more about your business. If you need to look outside your company for opportunity, start by learning more about the people and companies in your industry of interest. You can accomplish this by reading trade magazines or visiting industry association web sites.
  • Use staffing agencies. Staffing agencies and recruitment firms can be valuable partners in your search for career advancement. These companies recruit employees for a wide range of clients. Locate a recruitment firm that specializes in your area of interest, and then submit your resume to them for consideration. By building a relationship with an agency, you will open the doors to a wide range of opportunities for career advancement.

    -- CNW

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