5 Tips That Will Help Grow Your Career Faster
Career growth is something that probably all virtual assistants (and regular office employees) seek out. After all, nobody wants to have a stagnant career or a dead-end job. However, when you’re doing work at home jobs, it’s incredibly challenging to find the time to actually pursue growing your career. Sure, you might be able to increase your clients and find that your job search is always fruitful, but does this mean that your career is progressing? Maybe not.
Career growth doesn’t just mean finding more clients or being able to charge a higher hourly rate. It also means broadening your job prospects and skilling up as you progress. Even if you never run out of clients, it’s still important to keep your industry knowledge fresh and expanding.
Here are 5 tips that can help you grow your career faster.
Always be hungry for knowledge.
Skilling up is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, components of career growth. If you don’t learn new skills, you’ll end up finding that your job prospects are decreasing while the competition is growing. Remember that as the years go by, more and more people are choosing to do remote work. With more highly skilled VAs on the market, the only way to make yourself more attractive to clients is to improve your current skills and learn even more skills.
Actively pursue your career goals.
Don’t just lie in wait for a chance to grow your career. Be proactive in finding new challenges and taking on new tasks that can help you skill up. If you’re a content writer VA and you think that your client needs help managing their social media pages, you can volunteer to learn and do the job yourself. Many clients will appreciate your initiative and likely even pay you to learn new skills. This is, after all, cheaper than hiring a full-fledged social media manager.
Network, network, network!
Networking is a vital part of being a VA, but not a lot of people actually actively do it. This is likely because it’s not that easy to network when you’re just talking through digital modes of communication. However, broadening your network is one of the best ways to expand your career opportunities as well. Make sure to keep the contact details of everyone you come across; you might need them later.
Create a solid schedule and stick to it.
In order to grow, you have to make time for it. This is especially true if you are already swamped with clients and tasks. You might have to give up a client or two, but remember that this will help you in the long run. Create a weekly schedule that leaves you time to study new skills. Maximize all the time you have including your weekends, commute time, and even gym time by listening to podcasts or watching webinars.
Help others grow their careers.
You might be thinking: how can I find the time to help others speed up their career growth when I’m already struggling with my own? What you don’t realize is that helping others grow also expedites your own growth. When you help others, you also learn from them and you create bridges that allow you to have a mutually beneficial professional relationship.
Got any tips on career growth? Share them with your fellow virtual assistants by leaving a comment below.
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