Are you ready to take the next step in your career but are not quite sure where to start? Are you in a rut at your current position or sense that there’s not a window for advancement with your current employer? Many young professionals ask themselves these questions with growing frequency. Follow these recommendations from the professional human resource executives and hiring managers to put your career on the path to success.

The first step towards career growth is a two part honest self-assessment. How are you performing in your current position? Do you work well on your team, meet your project deadlines and produce quality work? Do you arrive at work in a timely manner each day with a positive attitude, genuine smile and quiet self-confidence? Is your attire professional and appropriate for your position and the one you aspire to? Consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and investing in a selection of professional footwear from the great styles offered at Nine West. Have you kept up to date with changes technologies and continued to add value to your position? Ask yourself these questions. Arrange to meet with your manager for an interim performance review. If you’re not exceeding expectations in your current position, you certainly can’t expect to be in line for a promotion.

If you are exploring opportunities outside of your current firm, spend time polishing your resume. Have a mentor or trusted advisor review your resume for clarity and persuasiveness. Does it really tell the story of who you are, what you’ve accomplished and what you hope to bring to the table?

Finally, take a personal career assessment. Do you know the professional direction you’d like to pursue and do you have the skill set to head in that direction? There are multitudes of online opportunities to grow your skill sets to meet the requirements for the next position on your career ladder. Begin to network with peers, acquaintances and industry professionals. Develop and nurture your mentoring partners. Meet with career placement professionals, head hunters and outplacement firms to begin identifying the position and companies you’d like to target. Best of luck to you on growing a long and successful career.