With increased competition in the workforce, it is essential that you put in the extra effort to push your career forward. But what does extra effort mean? Does it mean you have to work after hours and on weekends? Does it mean you have to volunteer yourself for tasks outside your scope of responsibility? Does it mean you have suck up to your boss, even when he or she is wrong?

Sure. All of the above may contribute to your future success and growth. However, those actions are performed within the vacuum of your current company. As marketers, we are trained to promote and position a company's product or service to a targeted external audience. If a company's marketing strategy revolved solely around internal communication and ignored the prospects of identifying clients... well, the company would not be around for too long.

Similarly, as an ambitious marketing professional, to maximize your value you need to promote and position yourself as an expert to the outside world.

Based on my own experience of going from a dead-end job to marketing manager at one of the largest professional services firms in the world, I have identified five essential tips and strategies that have helped me launch my career.

1. Master one skill

It is good to be a jack of all trades, especially early in your career. However, it is better to know something really well so that your coworkers rely on you for a solution.

Marketing can be broken down to 11 sub-areas: digital, event management, customer relationship management, branding, graphic design, business development, communication, market research, advertising, content, and analytics. (Each of those areas can be broken down further). An integrated marketing approach incorporates all of those areas, but which one should you choose to master?

Selecting your area of expertise can be challenging in the beginning. Get to know each area by doing research and follow the leads of other professionals. Once you select your path, you need to own it.

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Allen Yesilevich is the VP of marketing and growth at MC², a brand experience solutions agency focusing on driving growth through events and activations.

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