There comes a point in everyone’s career when they’re at a crossroads and unsure of where to go next. Dealing with this can be stressful, but here are five helpful tips that’ll help provide clarity, motivation, and direction. All of these should be super helpful to you, but for the record, I’ve never used them because I’ve never needed them. I’m super established in my career and have always been.
So take these in and remember: these are for you, not for me.
Ask Someone Out For Coffee
If you have an idea of what you’d like to do next, but are unsure how to get there, it’s always a good idea to talk to someone that has the job you want. Write a nice, friendly email and offer to buy them coffee in exchange for picking their brain. I’ve only been on the other end of this since I’m a leader in my field and I have very pick-worthy brain. You, on the other hand, will probably always be asking people to get coffee and will never have your own brain picked.
Update Your LinkedIn
When you’re trying to take it to the next level, you need to position yourself as such. If you haven’t updated your LinkedIn in a while, chances are it reflects your current status, not the one you’d like to have. Make sure that the description for each title speaks to experiences and skills that your future employers are looking for. I don’t even have a LinkedIn because most people know who I am and will get in touch with me when they have an important position that comes up, but it seems like something a nobody like you definitely needs to do.
Network As Much As Possible
In most fields, what matters most is who you know, so it always helps to make sure that you’re putting yourself in situations to meet as many people as possible. You never know. Maybe the woman sitting next to you is your future boss. That said, I hate going to networking things because I’m the one people always want to talk to and it’s exhausting. But it seems like an invaluable strategy for you.
Go To A Career Coach
Sometimes it takes an outside party to shed light on where you really want to take your career. If you’re feeling lost, confused, and doubting your current career path, a neutral third party can be invaluable in helping you identify priorities and goals. I myself have never, ever considered paying someone to do this for me since I’ve always been razor-focused and extremely quick to rise up to the top. You, on the other hand, would be correctly spending the little money you have.