Career Tip of the Week: Take Charge of Your Own Career

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The reality of our current job market requires people to become more strategic and proactive in planning and managing their careers. Have a long-term career strategy, or at the very least, a sense of where you’re headed. Ask yourself, “What do I really want to do?” or “Where do I see myself in five to 10 years?” While you are doing this try to connect the dots and make sure your goals match with your company’s vision and key objectives. How does your work align with the organization’s goals? What can you do to maximize your contributions?

Control your own destiny. Take control of your career planning. Evaluate and reevaluate where you want your career to go and what you need to do to get there. Realize in this market companies have stepped away from providing outside classes for advancement so you may have to take the initiate for this on your own.

If you work in an environment like Penske Automotive Group and feel you can trust your supervisor, senior staff or human resource department work with them to identify specific training or opportunities ideal to help you reach your career goals.

Be your own cheerleader, advertise your goals. If you feel comfortable let superior or managers who could influence your ability to succeed in an organization know that you are committed to the organization and want to help it succeed. Prioritize the development of positive relationships with people, and build a reputation as being someone who is helpful and supportive of others.

Network for opportunities within your organization, ask for advice. Don’t rely on the kindness or good intentions of a supervisor. Try to find ways to network with others in the organization by volunteering for projects that involve other areas of the organization or looking for people who can serve as mentors.

These tips were brought to you by PAG Careers:

Penske Automotive Group has a variety of positions and career paths nationwide. In addition to the employee benefit programs offered by our company, Penske Automotive Group consists of a diverse group of 170 dealerships and franchises operating throughout 17 states where you can begin an exciting career. We combine this scale with a culture of integrity and customer satisfaction to create the most outstanding benefit of all – the opportunity to grow.

PAG benefits include programs to ensure the well-being of you and your family, such as, Medical and Dental coverage (including Vision and RX), Life Insurance, 401(k) with Company Match, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program and generous Paid Time Off Policies.

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