Move Forward

The Move Forward section shows you how to advance your career and keep growing.



Career Management Tips

Think of your career as a lifelong journey. It's important to know that the choices you make now will impact your future. All of your experience including your volunteer work, extra training, and jobs, are steps on your career ladder.

A rewarding career doesn’t just happen. You have to keep working at it. To be successful, use these tips. If things get difficult, stay positive.

Career Management Tips
  • Stay current in your chosen career field. Join and be active in professional and trade associations. Use these groups to see industry trends and to add to your network.
  • Lifelong learning is important. Think about short-term training options. Go to the workshops and trainings that your employer offers.
  • Be aware of how changes in your personal life affect your career and visa versa.
  • Know your personal and work values. Develop a sense of purpose.
  • Look over and update your career and personal goals every few years. Also review your goals when big, life-changing events happen.
  • If you need to, you can revisit the steps of this career plan in any order.
  • You can work on more than one step at the same time.

Do you have a good attitude toward your work?

  • Ask questions and ask for help when you need it. Accept constructive criticism.
  • If you make a mistake, admit it and find out how to fix it.
  • Before you look for a promotion or a new job, learn all that you can in your present job.
  • When you get a performance review, use it to learn how you can do your job better.

Succeed in the Workplace

You've found a good job. Now, how do you live up to your employer's expectations? What can you do to show you deserve a raise or a promotion? Here are some tips to help you keep and succeed in your new job:

Tips to Succeed in the Workplace
Stick to your work schedule
  • Always be on time for work. Have a backup plan for transportation and child care. If you are running late, call your boss as soon as possible.
  • Don't take time off in the first few weeks. Let your new boss know you're dependable.
  • Leave and return from breaks on time. Let your supervisor know when you will be away from your workstation.
Follow the rules at work
  • Know the company rules and policies. Pay attention to all manuals, orientations and safety lessons. If you are not sure of a policy, ask your supervisor or human resources.
  • Follow the proper chain of command if you have a problem at work. Talk to your immediate supervisor first, unless told to do something else.
Dress appropriately
  • When you start a new job, find out what clothing is appropriate and is safe to wear.
  • Come to work clean and well groomed. Do not wear heavy perfumes or colognes. Go easy on the makeup.
  • Look like you take pride in yourself and your job.
Act professionally
  • Don't make personal phone calls or use company equipment for your own tasks.
  • Speak in a way that's appropriate for work. Don't use curse words, slang or speak too casually to customers or your boss.
  • Never use alcohol or illegal drugs at work. You could get fired if caught. It could also keep you from being hired for other jobs.
Get along with others
  • Be a team player and help coworkers with projects.
  • Hang around coworkers who have good attitudes and work hard.
  • Everyone has different views of politics, religion and cultures. Most companies have rules supporting diversity.

Online and Local Resources

These are websites and services to help with your career, training, and job search decisions.

Manage Your Career
Career One-Stop Resources
The Center for Women
Catholic Charities
Jewish Family & Children's Services of Pittsburgh
South Hills Interfaith Ministries
North Hills Community Outreach
United Way of Allegheny County
Department of Human Services, Allegheny County
NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania
Smart About Money
My Money
Career Development Center, Pittsburgh
Advantage Credit Counseling Service
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation
Assess Yourself
Career Development Center
Skills: Pennsylvania Careerzone
Skills: O*NET
Skills: My Skills My Future
Interests: Pennsylvania Careerzone Interests
Interests: O*NET
Work Values: Pennsylvania Careerzone Work Values
Work Values: O*NET
Explore Careers
Career One-Stop
Pennsylvania Labor Market Information
Carnegie Library Job & Career Education Center
Pittsburgh Business Times
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Pennsylvania Careerzone
My Next Move
O*NET Career Clusters
Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
Create a Plan & Set Goals
Jibber Jobber
Expand Skills
Career Development Center Online Learning Center
Carnegie Library Job & Career Education Center
PC Training- Carnegie Library
Local One-Stop Career Centers
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council:GED
Pittsburgh Job Corps Center
Job Trak PA
Community College of Allegheny County
Goodwill Southwestern Pennsylvania
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
Quick Train for Jobs
Bidwell Training Center
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Khan Academy
Directory of Apprenticeship Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Education: Adult Basic Education
Distance Education and Training Council
U.S. Military
Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
Pennsylvania Department of Education: Degrees
Career InfoNet: Certifications
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Career One-Stop Financial Aid
PHEAA Financial Aid
Career InfoNet: Financial Aid
Scholarship Search
World Education Service
Find a Job
One-Stop Career Center
Career Development Center
PA Career Coach
Professional Groups
Employer Locator
Pittsburgh Employment Services
Pennsylvania Professional Employment Network
Priority Two
The Seekers
Diversity Job Fairs
Coast to Coast Career Fairs
Employment Guide
National Career Fairs
Resumes: Career Development Center
Resumes: Career One-Stop
Resumes: iSeek
Resumes: Career InfoNet
Cover Letters: Career One-Stop
References: iSeek
Interviewing: iSeek
Interviewing: Quint Careers