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Lindsay Witcher, M.S., is a Career Counselor and Practice Development Manager at RiseSmart.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 6:17 pm | Updated: 12:35 am, Sun Aug 4, 2013.

In today’s constantly evolving workplace, personal career management must be a priority for anyone who wants to achieve success in their career — including women.

For women, career success might mean growing as a professional, achieving work life balance, building subject matter expertise, or getting promoted and moving up within their organization.

Whatever your definition of success, attaining it is 100 percent in your control. It’s time to stop sitting back and waiting for great things to happen in your career and to start making them happen for yourself. Here are several steps you can take today to begin taking control of your career:



Volunteer

Jump at the tasks no one else wants to do. There is no better way to get noticed and become invaluable within your organization than taking on that which no one else will. Not only will this highlight you as a team player it will quickly elevate you in your manager’s eyes. The most successful professionals know that one of the best ways to get ahead in their own career is to make the job of their manager easier.



Innovate

If you want to move forward and get noticed you have to do more than keep up the status quo. Look at the challenges your company or department are facing and develop solutions. Come up with new ways to do the same old things – become known as someone with good ideas that isn’t afraid to implement them.



Get a Mentor

Having a mentor is one of the best steps you can take to further your career. Find someone who holds a position you would eventually like to earn or someone whom you respect a great deal for what they have accomplished in their career and ask them to be your mentor. Meet with them regularly and take their feedback and advice to heart. This, more than any other activity can help you grow and develop into the professional you want to be.



Network

Most people only think about networking when they are looking for a new job but it is something everyone should do throughout their career. Effective networking is about more than just connecting with people on LinkedIn; it’s about building relationships and helping others. Set a goal for yourself to cultivate your network on a monthly basis. Schedule reminders to check in with key members of your network regularly, never each lunch alone and actively try to build new relationships within your company and outside of it. The time you invest in these activities will undoubtedly pay off in the future.

Use these tips to start taking control of your career today! Career success is in your hands and the more time and energy you are willing to invest in these types of activities the sooner you will make your career goals a reality.

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