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When to Make a Move Towards Career Advancement

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When to make a move toward advancing your career

You are starting to find that waking up is harder, the work day is feeling longer, and nothing is especially exciting or challenging to you these days.

It’s time to come to terms with the idea that you may be suffering from “Career Fatigue Syndrome” and the best cure is making a change.

How do you know you have “Career Fatigue Syndrome”? Here’s a list of the symptoms:

  • You feel stuck
  • You don’t really care about the outcomes of your day-to-day work
  • You get to work later and later each day
  • Nothing makes you nervous
  • Nothing makes you excited
  • You are just as capable, if not more capable, than your boss

If you have at least one of the above symptoms, keep reading for our advice on how to cure these issues.

Here’s what you should do about it

Now you need to ask yourself, “Am I ready to move up?”.

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Step one is to research what jobs are available within your company. Have a candid conversation with your direct manager or HR and ask about what is currently available or what roles might be opening soon. Find out what opportunities interest you, when those jobs need to be filled, and what you need to do to get one.

The second step is to check yourself. Do you have the education and training to move up? Does the next level in your career path have qualifications you need to meet? Start there. Show your boss some initiative with a fancy new career diploma.

If you do meet all of the on-paper qualifications, the third step is to outline what you’ve accomplished in your current role and sell yourself. Put together a few bullet points on your progression within the company and how you’ve contributed to the growth and success of the organization. Talk about your professional goals, the hard skills you’ve learned and the soft skills you’ve developed that can be put to better use in a more advanced or new role.

Bonus hack: Make sure your LinkedIn account is fully updated to showcase your experience, skills, and any awards or recognition you may have received. Then connect with the hiring manager as a little nudge to make them aware of how amazing you are. If you’re already connected, share an article or update your profile so you get noticed in their feed.

Go get ‘em

Remember that you are your biggest, if not only, advocate for your career path. Your future is in YOUR hands. If you’re feeling down about work, it’s up to you and only you to make a change! That being said, ICS Canada can help you prepare. Call 1-800-275-2400 to learn more from one of our admissions experts, and find details about ICS Canada on our website. If you’re currently enrolled, check out our career services and get started on your path!

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