How to advance in your software testing career?
If you want to move ahead in your career, you have to focus on every opportunity and see every conversation as a chance to explore what’s possible. Here are few tips that can help you advance in your career:
– Develop a visibility plan for yourself. Think in advance how you can best represent yourself when networking internally or externally.
– Chat with your manager about your career goals—ask for their help to identify next steps and future possibilities. Ask for their support in your journey.
– When career opportunity opens up, apply for them. Learn interview skills, skills to sell yourself, and deliver strong and clear messages about yourself.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
– Vince Lombardi
Script your elevator speech
If you happen to be in the elevator with someone important for your career, don’t just talk about the weather. Take the opportunity to talk something useful. These “precious small talks” provide great opportunities. Learning how to use these moments effectively is an important skill.
Though we often label them “elevator conversations,” they include the chats that take place in corridors, coffee rooms, parking lots, or anywhere else where there is informal mingling.
The best way to prepare for these brief chats is to have some key messages in your mind all the time—about your major projects, your work achievements, and your personal successes. It is possible to talk this way only if you think this way, so make these positive messages part of your mindset.