Based on your answers, it looks like you’re ready to take on a new challenge. Sometimes the best way to develop yourself is by building up skills and taking on interesting side projects to see what sticks. Your latest passion project could turn into a full-time role if it aligns with company goals. The checklist below will help you build the skills you need to navigate this next step in your career.

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 EXPLORE PASSIONS ON THE SIDE

Try Something New for 30 Days

"Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life, and try it for the next 30 days. If you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days." In this TED Talk, Google's Matt Cutts explains how he wrote a novel in just 30 days.

30-Day Challenges to Try in Your Marketing

If you enjoyed the TED Talk above, you can take what you just learned and apply it to your marketing. In this post, you'll see suggestions for 30-day challenges you can do in your job to help you become a stronger candidate for a lateral move.

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22 of the Best TED Talks to Inspire You

TED Talks can be incredibly inspiring when it comes down to exploring new interests and passions. If you just can't get enough, check out this list of 22 awesome TED Talks to inspire you.

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There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

Former President of South Africa

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 BOOST YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

How to Be More Productive

If you want to optimize your productivity throughout the day, you need to follow these best practices for taking breaks, working from home, and eating well. This ebook will show you how to turn your productivity goals into long-term habits.

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The Unconventional Habits of Highly Productive People

Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better, shares his insights on boosting productivity.

 
 
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 SET GOALS AND BUILD YOUR SKILLS

Set Achievable Goals

Before you dive head first into skill development, you should make time to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. These types of goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. If you want to make a strategic lateral move, setting goals will help you get there.

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Teach Yourself Valuable Skills ... For Free

The internet is an amazing place -- there are loads of skills you can teach yourself without drowning in student debt or bothering a coworker. This post lists 13 different skills you can teach yourself for free, from learning how to negotiate to learning how to code.

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Check out the HubSpot Academy

Prepare yourself to excel at your job and refine your resume with an impressive certification. Learn more about how this free online course can impact your job search with an Inbound Certification.

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 BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR OPPORTUNITIES

Update Your Resume

As you’re exploring your passions and building new skills, you should be updating your resume along the way. You never know when an unexpected opportunity might come up, and if it does you should have talking points that explain what you’ve done and the results you’ve achieved. This post will show you how to write a killer resume.

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Interview With Ease

Once you start applying to new jobs (both internally and externally), use this interview kit to organize your job applications and prep for your interviews. This kit includes an application tracker (Google Sheets template) plus the most common interview questions hiring managers ask with suggestions on how to answer them.

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Looking for a New Opportunity?

Let us help! Search the Inbound.org job board for opportunities at leading edge companies. You can also learn more about HubSpot’s culture and browse open positions on the HubSpot Careers site.

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 HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR BOSS

How to Be Less Awkward Around Your Boss

Keep your boss in the loop early when it comes to planning skill development and moving into a new role. Career growth discussions shouldn't come as a surprise; instead, these should be an ongoing conversation. If you're having a tough time starting the conversation with your boss, take some tips from this blog post.

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Know That You Are Worthy

Don't let impostor syndrome get in the way of starting a new role, even if that role requires a new set of skills. If you've been working hard to build these skills, you're ready to give a new role a shot. What's the worst that can happen?

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 CREATE YOUR OWN PATH

“The Last Thing You Want to Do Is Get Into a Career Path”

Rick Ridgeway, the Vice President of Public Engagement at Patagonia, encourages people to see their careers not as a graph where the line steadily moves upward, but rather a line that goes all over the place. With the latter, you're more likely to discover opportunities that were completely unexpected.

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How to Get Unstuck in Your Career by Finding Depth or Breadth

As you're building skills, it's important to note that there are multiple ways you can grow in your career. One way is to develop depth and go really deep into one area of expertise. Another way is to develop breadth by being more of a generalist or a jack-of-all-trades.

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How to Grow Your Career Without Managing People

If you enjoy working as an individual contributor, but you can't see yourself managing anyone, that's okay! You can still grow your career in a meaningful way. In this post, HubSpot's Pamela Vaughan shares her experience growing her career and continuing to learn as an individual contributor.

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NEVER STOP LEARNING

Check out these suggested books if you want to get a leg up on developing your skillset and taking on a new role.

The First 90 Days

By Michael Watkins - From mental preparation to early wins, this book will walk you through your first 90 days of a new job and help you get up to speed faster and smarter.

Roadmap

by Roadtrip Nation - Read this book if you're sick of hearing, "So, what are you going to do with your life?" 130+ leaders show how they found their path and provide advice for every person looking to find their own.

What Color Is Your Parachute?

By Richard N. Bolles - In this manual, you’ll find tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, guidance for confident interviewing, secrets to effective networking, and the ways to successfully negotiate your salary.

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