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How do you get ahead in the world of business? How do you make sure that you're top of the pack and can progress up the career ladder? Here are a few handy tips to help you on your way to success in the workplace.


1.    Set yourself goals, and meet them. It may sound simple, but surprisingly few people set themselves specific career goals to achieve over time. It's easy to coast along on the same level if you don't really know what you're aiming for, so take the time to sit down and think about what you want to achieve in the next month or year. Only when you have these goals clear in your mind can you go about fulfilling them. Obvious as it may sound, there's no underestimating the importance of focus and drive in your job. It will make you stand out to your superiors, and will serve as proof that you are a dedicated employee.


2.    Improve your skills. It's all very well writing down on your CV that you're good at motivating people and have an excellent knowledge of financial matters, but most employers want to see real proof that you have the important skills that are relevant to the workplace. Why not try a night class or online course to brush up on some important skills Alternatively, if you have the time and the means to do so, why not sign up to do a leadership training course? This can help your resume (CV) stand out from the rest. Look for notable and well respected institutions that run leadership training and other business diplomas.


3.    Don't settle. If you're stuck in a role that shows no sign of improving, don't be tempted to stick around 'just in case' you get a promotion. If you've given your all and the company are still not prepared to advance your position, start doing some research to see if you could get that role you desire elsewhere. Change can be intimidating if you've been in the same place for a long time, but with so many resources available to help you in your search.

    Extra tip... it I always a good idea to do some extra career research... Why not take a look around the rest of orglearn and make sure you take a look at the career-success blog and the @rictownsend tweets

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