When you’re stuck in a slump, it’s hard to find motivation in the work you do. Whether you’re looking to boost your performance at your current job or switch your industry entirely, these eight tips will provide you with the foundation you need to make your next move. Keep in mind that like most endeavors, success is only found after you put in the time, the effort, and the passion!

Update your resume

The first rule of thumb to better your chance at landing your dream job is keep your resume updated. Revisit the document each quarter to add new skills or job responsibilities. This practice can be extremely beneficial for those times when you’re asked to submit a resume at a moment’s notice. You’ll be able to focus on the details instead of restructuring the entire document from the start.

Ask for a promotion at work

If you’re feeling burned out in your current role, consider speaking with your manager on ways to make the position more appealing. This may mean increasing your salary or restructuring your schedule to allow more work from home days. It’s always a good idea to first try and make your current position more attractive. Not only is it a good lesson in empowerment, it can also help you outline what parts of a job are least desirable for you. That way, you’ll be less likely to fall prey to the same challenges in your next role.

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Rewire how you take criticism

Do you spend the majority of your time complaining about your supervisor? What if the problem is not your manager, but with the way you take criticism. It’s not easy for anyone to hear that they could have done a better job. But in order to grow, this advice is absolutely necessary! The next time you’re sitting in a meeting with your boss, take a moment to allow that initial feeling of fear to pass over you. Next, listen in on what your boss is saying. Chances are, she’s not attacking your personal character! Finally, take that advice and put it to work. In time, you hear a much different conversation–one that is focused on positive growth and improvement!

Clean up your online presence

On the market for a new job? After you’ve refined your resume, you’ll want to consider creating your online resume. We’re talking about your online presence. Today, it’s a given that a prospective employer will Google the applicants before they’re hired, or even called in for an interview. If this were to happen to you, what would an employer or future partner find? Take this simple test for yourself by Googling your name. In an ideal world, you’ll find your updated LinkedIn profile, a few social media accounts, and maybe even a professional website.

Keep in mind that while it’s not a deal breaker to have no online presence, it’s much more harmful to post inappropriate tweets or updates on social media profiles. It’s an essential task to go in and remove posts that employers may find troubling.

Practice active listening

When you become a better listener, people want to hear what you say more. It may seem counterproductive to spend the first half of the conversation allowing your colleague to do most of the talking. But be patient and listen to what she is saying. Ask her follow up questions that dig deeper into the ideas she’s speaking of.  In time, this introspective attitude will pay off. You’ll be asked for your opinion more. You’ll be thought of as a careful, empathetic leader. And the best part of it? You’ll be forging deeper connections with the people around you.

Find your mentor

Mentors have the power to radically transform the way we think, write, act, and lead. You may quick to associate mentorship with recent grads that may need guidance as they enter the professional world. Don’t fall prey to this attitude! Working alongside a mentor at any age can help you reach your professional and personal goals.

Therapists, too, can hold a similar role. Brush off any cultural connotations (I don’t need a therapist!) and practice the act of self-reflection. We go to the doctor and the dentist for annual check-ups to keep our bodies in tip-top shape. Why not do the same for our emotional selves.

Take a night class  

The brightest humans are the ones who have an affinity for knowledge. They’re often voracious readers and avid writers; who are curious to their core. If you’re looking to boost your performance at work or break into a different industry, it can be extremely helpful to practice and develop new skills. Consider enrolling in a night or online class that will provide structure and feedback. Better yet: take the class in a subject that you’re completely unfamiliar with!

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