Tuning Your Career
Since most of us rely on a paycheck to fund our financial goals, it's important to evaluate ways to increase your earning power. A few simple strategies will help you make your financial dreams a reality sooner.
Making the most of your current job
If you like your current job and profession, find ways to get more out of them now.
- Take full advantage of benefits. Take advantage of retirement plans and flexible spending accounts-you'll save tax dollars and get closer to reaching your retirement goals.
- Increase what you're worth. Get additional training and education. Many workplaces support employee training by sharing tuition costs.
- Sharpen your communication and management skills. Networking and people skills are great tools for helping you get ahead.
- Learn the art of negotiation. Future raises and
promotions depend on making a persuasive case on your own
behalf. Learn to market and value yourself.
- Keep your resume current. Opportunity may knock, but it doesn't always appear in the want ads. Pay attention at the office, professional events, and even social gatherings for information on job openings that will advance your career.
Looking for new opportunities
If the earning potential of your current profession doesn't match your goals, prepare for a transition by doing research. But don't change just for money's sake. The objective is to position yourself for higher salaries in a career that you are passionate about. Realizing what's important to you, such as location, flexibility or interaction with people, is also critical to finding job satisfaction.
A winning investment provides a good return on the money you put into it. Think of your earning potential the same way. Whether you go back to school, go solo or climb the corporate ladder, time and effort invested in your career will almost certainly pay a great return.