Top 7 Ways to Create Career Success

A successful career isn’t always guaranteed by your career track and education, there are many other ways to create success. Here’s our top seven ways to create career success, no matter what industry.

1. Leverage Relationships ­– Some people will see others as a means to get what they want, stomping and rolling over people along the way. The savvy career person will not only treasure these people on their path, they will build relationships and leverage them.

2. Continue Learning and Growing – No matter how much you know or how high your education, there’s always more to be learned. Those who create career success continue to learn about the latest and greatest inventions, tools and techniques. They never get to a status of “knowing it all.”

3. Become a Leader – When other people see you as a leader—both in your industry and in your workplace, your chances of success skyrocket. To become a leader, you’ll need to think and act like it. And leaders lead. Do your current behaviors model leadership mentality?

4. Think Creatively – Creative thinkers can quickly and easily adapt to all situations, people, and change. It’s these thinkers who are flexible and create solutions for the organization that end up getting noticed. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

5. Work for the “Right” Company – Being paired up with the right company that matches your personality and values greatly increases your chances for career success. Working with a company that doesn’t allow you to grow, lead or think creatively will stifle your success. Don’t be afraid to make a move when you’ve come to realize that you aren’t in the right place.

6. Build/Mentor a Great Team – It’s hard to have success with the support of a great team. So, not only should you look to hire the best and most brightest people, but mentor them to help them achieve their own success and potential as well.

7. Stay Hungry – Find a way to keep your drive, motivation and passion towards what you do and who you serve. It’s up to you to own your performance and engagement level. As soon as you checkout, it’ll be felt. Find a way to keep yourself fully involved and invested in your work.

While we know this list just scratches the surface of this topic, we’d love for you to assess which of these you are excelling in and where you could use improvement.

Plus, we’d love to know what you else you believe will give you career success. Share those things here in the comments below.

3 Types of Mentoring You Should Offer

Companies with abundant mentoring opportunities are more likely to retain their people. To achieve this, offer a range of mentors for people at different career stages. Here are three types of mentoring you should consider:

  • Buddy or peer mentors. In the early stages of a person’s career, a “buddy” can help speed up the learning curve. This relationship helps the protégé understand how things work at the organization.
  • Career mentors. After the initial period at a workplace, employees need to have a senior manager serve as a career advisor and advocate.
  • Life mentors. A life mentor serves as a periodic sounding board when one is faced with a career challenge. Organizations can’t necessarily offer a life mentor but they can encourage seeking one.

This article was originally posted on Harvard Business Review’s  Management Tip of the Day and was adapted from “Keeping Great People with Three Kinds of Mentors” by Anthony Tjan.

How to Find a Career Mentor

Mentoring has always been an important part of career growth and advancement. Mentors successfully matched to their protégés can provide a mutually beneficial relationship. The mentor benefits through the o

pportunity of leadership, while the protégé benefits from insight, information, and advice.

The relationship can be both formal and informal, depending on what the parties agree. But despite the formalities, the important thing is to find a mentor that is right for you. (Or become a mentor if you are a leader already.)

Here are some tips on finding a mentor.

  • Choose a mentor with similar goals.
  • Find a mentor who is on a similar career path, or a complementary one.
  • Ensure the person has time for the relationship, and is willing to meet consistently.
  • Take your time getting to know someone prior to initiating a mentor relationship.
  • When you find someone, initiate the contact. Make the steps to get the relationship going.
  • Be sure your personalities, goals, and ideas synch up, but you’ll also want someone who is willing to challenge you as well.
  • Be open, honest, and forthcoming about your desires and expectations for the relationship.
  • Be willing to give back to your mentor.

Generally, a career mentor will voluntarily provide advice and assistance to your growth, and the relationship can last throughout your career.  A mentor’s guidance and insight can be invaluable whether you are just getting started in a new career, or looking to move up the corporate ladder.