Top tips for finding a career you love

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Ambitious but not getting as far ahead as you'd like? Make waves in your career by utilising key tips and techniques to help you achieve your goals.

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Career not going in the direction you'd like? We've put together a handy guide to help you fulfil goals and stay on track.

Get to know yourself


Having a thorough understanding of your strengths and values is vital for choosing the right career path and there are many ways of developing this kind of self awareness.

Consider trying an objective psychological test like the Myers Briggs Inventory Report or the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

Learn to negotiate a fair salary and check the market worth of similar roles on PayScale.

Learn from your mistakes


Every single person in the world has made a mistake.

From a career perspective, try to turn failures into successes by viewing the incident as a chance to learn.

Analyse the events and the behaviour that led to the error and try to see what you could have done differently. How can you make sure it doesn't happen again?

Take responsibility for mistakes and above all, remember that you are only a 'failure' if you quit when things go wrong.

Manage your time


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Time is a valuable resource and the way you use it can be a vital part of your strategy for a more fulfilling career.

Every Monday write a list of things that need tackling that week. Say no if you know that realistically you won't have time for something. Or try breaking big projects into batches so you feel less overwhelmed.

Make sure you're getting enough sleep too as this boosts productivity.

Check your look


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What's important is conveying the right image. Do you look approachable, confident and professional? Would your company be happy for you to represent them at an event?

Declutter your digital look too. For instance, it might be an idea to remove that picture of you drunkenly getting arrested in Benidorm from Facebook...

Create a brilliant CV


As you probably already know, in today's job market, your CV does need to stand out.

Keep it short (2 pages max.), succinct and to the point. Consider creating a professional email address (Gmail is highly regarded by many companies).

Include a brief, personal statement and covering letter, allowing potential employers to quickly assess your skills and attributes.

GET READING


You may of heard of Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Her 2013 book Lean In was an immediate bestseller and is a must-read for any woman in the workplace.

From debunking the myth of 'doing it all' to analysing how female body language can hold us back - it's a fascinating, insightful read.

What are your tips on career success? Tweet us @handbagcom.

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