Improving your career prospects

The work that you do as an agent today could potentially have a significant impact on your career development in the future. As such, it is important to not only maximise your skills and performance in the present, but to also put steps in place to improve your career prospects in the long run. To this end, here are four tips for gaining career momentum: 

1. Don’t wait to be the best: try not to let your aspirations get in the way of you performing your current job properly. Why? Because delivering strong results in the present will likely boost your professional reputation and increase your chances for career advancement. Keep your eye on the prize, but don’t lose sight of how to get it;  

2. Open yourself up to opportunity: in business, you never know what opportunities are going to present themselves, so keep your eyes peeled and be prepared to act if the right chance arises. For example, you might be asked to take care of a superior’s “small” tasks such as coordinating a meeting or following up a phone call. Though, at the time, you might perceive these tasks to be quite menial, they may ultimately lead to new and unexpected  connections, insights and opportunities;

3. Identify the “white space”: the “white space” is a management concept used to consider problems that other people aren’t willing to tackle or don’t know exist. Identifying a solution to a “white space” problem may help to raise your standing as a proactive problem solver and differentiate you from others that simply pass tasks on;

4. Seek out a mentor: many successful business people have a key thing in common – they have learnt from a mentor. A mentor will typically be someone in a similar field that has more experience than you.  A good mentor will provide encouragement, advice and, most importantly, constructive criticism on how to better yourself. If you’re having trouble finding a mentor, you may want to talk to someone senior within you agency as they may be able to help pinpoint someone suitable for you. 

Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 06/08/2013 at 12:00 AM | Categories:

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