Growing a Career in Manufacturing: Moving Forward
Part Two, Moving Forward (Read Part I – Developing a Professional Resume here.) So you have reached your short-term goals with your position in manufacturing. You feel you are ready for more, but how do you move forward? Here are 21 strategies that can work for anyone. A combination of them will provide your best footing for your next career step.
- Always do your best at whatever you do.
- Take less desirable assignments.
- Get exposure to various departments and jobs, especially ones on your path.
- Make a lateral move it if gives exposure and builds relationships.
- Develop mentoring relationships.
- Practice self-promotion; don’t be obnoxious but do keep a list of your successes.
- Establish a bond with your boss; be loyal and dependable.
- Build your network with peers and higher. Let your name and professionalism be known.
- Ask for more responsibility and accomplish it even when challenging.
- Acquire new knowledge and skills to help you now and later.
- Be professional and mind your manners with everyone.
- Always be a team player.
- Create your opportunities (see a niche and propose to fill it).
- Give credit to others as often as you are able.
- Keep others in the loop as you would like to be.
- Pick your battles; don’t be competitive or gossipy
- Don’t dodge or complain about challenging tasks; add them as successes when you achieve them.
- Make yourself indispensable. Be a sponge and learn all you can.
- Don’t take criticism personally; it is often meant to help you achieve more.
- Be diplomatic. If you have difficult news, be mindful how you present it.
- Be a problem-solver. Prepare potential solutions before taking a problem to the boss.