Elevating Your Career: Proven Strategies for Professional Growth is a webinar series designed to help you succeed in the job you have while preparing for the job you want. Whether you are new to the workforce, mid career or preparing for retirement, there is something for everyone in this series.

This series is great for individuals and teams. The information is designed to help you succeed in your career and is perfect for lunch and learn sessions. All webinars are one hour in length and are delivered by an experienced trainer.

1. Expand your skill set.

One of the best ways to grow in your career is to invest in your own learning and development. There are many ways to do this, including taking online courses, attending workshops, and seeking out mentorship opportunities.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider talking to your manager about your career goals and what skills you need to develop to achieve them. Your company may even be willing to help you pay for additional training.

No matter what your career goals are, it’s important to stay curious and keep learning. The business world is constantly changing, and the most successful professionals are those who are able to adapt and grow along with it.

2. Network with other professionals.

The saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” is only partially true. Most people want to work with individuals who are good at their jobs, so it’s important to have the skills and knowledge required for your position. However, who you know can be an important factor in landing a new job or promotion.

Get to know other professionals in your field by attending industry conferences, meetups or other events. You can also connect with them on LinkedIn. Having a strong professional network can help you learn about new job opportunities and get recommendations from others in your field.

Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, it’s important to build and maintain your professional network. You never know when you might need to call on your connections for help.

3. Set goals for yourself.

It’s important to have a clear vision of where you want to go in your career and even better if you can articulate it. This vision will help guide your decision making and help you know when to say yes or no to opportunities that come your way.

Remember, your goals are your own, and they don’t have to be anyone else’s. It’s also a good idea to have a mix of short-term and long-term goals, and to revisit them every year to see if they still align with your vision.

4. Take on more responsibility.

The best way to show your boss that you’re ready for a promotion is to take on more responsibility. That doesn’t mean you should work longer hours or take on tasks that are above your pay grade. Instead, look for opportunities to take on new projects or lead a team.

Taking on more responsibility shows that you’re committed to your job and that you’re capable of handling more. It also gives you the chance to showcase your skills and prove that you’re ready for a promotion. If your boss sees that you’re taking on more responsibility and doing a great job, they’re more likely to consider you when a promotion opportunity comes up.

5. Seek out a mentor.

Mentorship is a valuable relationship that can help guide you through your career. “Mentors are there to help you navigate the unknown, gain perspective, and make you aware of things you might not know,” said career coach Michael Thompson.

When seeking out a mentor, look for someone who has the qualities and experience you want to develop. If you are a member of a professional organization, you may be able to find a mentor through that group. Otherwise, think about people in your network who you admire and ask if they would consider being your mentor.

6. Learn from your mistakes.

Mistakes are a part of life, but when you’re trying to get ahead in your career, they can feel like a major setback. Instead of dwelling on what you did wrong, take the time to learn from your mistakes.

If you’re comfortable doing so, you can even ask for feedback from your boss or colleagues to help you understand what went wrong and how you can improve. This shows that you’re willing to take responsibility for your mistakes and that you’re committed to doing better in the future.

About the author:

Kevin O’Connell is an award-winning author, professional development coach, and keynote speaker. He has taught thousands of professionals at all levels how to identify, pursue, and achieve their career goals. Kevin is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and his work has been cited in numerous business publications. He has also been a guest on a variety of radio and television programs. Kevin is a former U.S. Army officer and is a graduate of both West Point and Harvard Business School. He lives in Austin, Texas.

About the author:

Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading career and workplace experts. She was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar list and her latest book, Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work, was named one of the best business books of 2021 by Strategy+Business.

Lindsey has served as a LinkedIn Learning instructor for over a decade and her courses have been viewed by millions of people in over 100 countries. She has also been a spokesperson for brands and companies such as Intuit, Mastercard, The Hartford, Aetna and more. She has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR and CNN and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets around the world.

Lindsey is based in New York City and is a graduate of Yale University.

About the author:

Molly Beck is the founder of the podcast creation site Messy Bun; the host of the podcast “Messy Bun”; and the author of “Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence.” She has been featured in Forbes, Money, and Success, and has delivered a TEDx talk on the power of connecting with strangers. She is a former technology executive who has launched a range of startups.

About the author:

Suzanne is a marketing and business development professional with over 10 years of experience working with professional services firms. She is currently the Director of Marketing for the law firm of Mitlin Law, P.C. in Hauppauge, New York.

Suzanne has a passion for helping people achieve their goals. She is the author of the book, “Elevating Your Career: Proven Strategies for Professional Growth,” and the creator of the “Elevating Your Career” program. Suzanne is also a contributing author to the book, “The Power of Leadership in Business Networking.”

About the author:

Linda Ginac is the founder and CEO of TalentGuard, a leading provider of talent management software. She is a serial entrepreneur and author of the book, “CEO’s Guide to an Employee Appraisal.” Linda has been published in Fast Company, The Economist, and more. As a thought leader in the HR industry, she has been featured on Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business.

About the author:

Michele Lando is a certified professional resume writer, personal branding expert, and founder of Write Styles. She has a passion for helping others present the best version of themselves, both on paper and in person, and works to help them define their personal brand. Michele has been featured on HGTV, ABC, and other media outlets, and is a contributor to Business2Community and the Huffington Post.

Michele is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to travel.

Conclusion

In order to elevate your career, you need to make sure you’re always learning. This can be done in a variety of ways, including listening to a podcast, reading a book, or attending a conference. You could also take a free online course or earn a micro-credential or certification that is relevant to your field.

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