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Put Yourself Out There to Improve Your Career Path

One of the best ways to move up in your job is to get noticed by your boss and other higher-ups. The sky can be the limit to opening up your career path when you accept your expertise and share it within (and outside) the organization. While you get hired for your skills and knowledge, if you aren’t sharing them – and taking risks to do so – then your path will be much slower and more frustrating.

So how do you stand out among the crowd? Here are a few suggestions you can try:

  • raise your hand – when there are projects that need help, or extra work, be the one who offers to help. The work will get done and you will get recognition for your efforts and expertise
  • write – if your company has a newsletter or sends out a messages or stories through the intranet, offer to contribute. Sharing best practices, team success, trends in the field, or productivity tips can set you apart as a the ‘go to’ person; it can also build relationships as you talk to and recognize your peers on their achievements
  • speak – don’t be a mute at team or department meetings; ask questions, give recognition, point out actions that have made a difference; offer to represent your company at professional meetings or conventions. This will raise your visibility and position
  • be positive – don’t be the person who acts like they don’t want to be there or are unhappy – smile and find reasons to love your job, even for the day. Look at skills you want to use or the difference you want to make; smile, read motivational quotes, or listen to music as all of these raise your vibrational level and increase dopamine levels, or your happy chemical. IF anything, it will make others wonder what you’re up to and is contagious

Doing any and all of these will show your knowledge and expertise and make others take notice. Do what comes naturally and is authentic and soon you’ll be rising among others towards a successful career.

Commit to Learning One New Skill This Year

I don’t know what you’ve listed on your goal sheet for this year, but I encourage you to add to learning one new skill during this year. If you want to advance your career opportunities, becoming a master at a skill is one of the best ways to standout and get noticed.

The skill can be an existing one or one that you’ve desired to learn. Employers today are hiring for specific skills so being the best at one can lead you to work on bigger projects or become the problem solver when issues arise. In this crowded market, you need a way to stand out not fit in. Essentially, you will be the Subject Matter Expert (SME) in a particular area that is needed by an – or your- employer.

  • Take an inventory of all the skills you possess currently, such as: project management, computer coding, financials, inventory, or business analysis to name a few. Look at your current job duties to see which one you use the most.
  • Take an inventory of all the skills you may be lacking in or have an interest in (I’ve always wanted to learn that….) to see what you need to learn, get practice at, or develop further. These might be problem-solving, decision making, coaching, conflict management, or communication.
  • Taken an inventory of skills your employer (or what is ‘hot’ in the marketplace) wants or needs; what skills are they hiring for. Look at their niche area, the types of training they offer or require, as well as looking at the skills that top management has as to how they moved up within the organization.
  • Take an inventory of what is current regarding workforce issues, such as leadership development, generational issues, or diversity. You can find blogs, chat communities, books and publications that address these. Become well-read and versed in workplace issues, looking at them as how you can be a problem-solver.

Once you are armed with this knowledge, you can now decide on the best course for learning the skill you’ve chosen. This could be going to school or taking a course or training, going to a conference or workshop, or reading about it. You may need to hire a coach to help you develop the skill or find a mentor who can guide you. Begin to put the skill into practice throughout your workday as ‘practice makes perfect,’ as the saying goes.

Becoming an expert in a skill takes making the commitment to learning and honing one. I encourage you to begin today.

If you’d like help to enhancing your skill set to move forward in your career or business, call today for a free Discovery Session to learn more. http://www.cyscoaching.com

 

Spend Time with Those Who Are Where You Want to Be

If you want to stand out, get noticed and move up in your career, then start spending time, or be around, those who are where you want to be. It is said that we are defined by the company we keep, so it is important to be aware of exactly who that company is.

While we all want to have good working relationship and to fit in, it may mean distancing from those who exhibit adverse, or sometimes negative behaviors so as not to be aligned as ‘one of those.’ Now this does not mean that you can’t be continue to be friends with Sally or Joe, who may not have good work habits; these are relationships that you have outside of the workplace.

But being around the ‘rainmakers’ lifts you up to their level which increases your performance and your outlook. It deepens your level of involvement in your work so you want to do more and be better. When those above you begin to see your new attitude and outcomes from these new-found actions, it will lead to more opportunities in both challenging work and promotional opportunities.

Here are three action steps you can take to increase your leverage and reach:

  1. Assess your social circle at work: who is a high – good-low performer and what is your relationship with them; unfortunately, we are seen as being around the company we keep so if you align with Joe, who may be surfing the net, with Sally who tends to gossip, your chances of being seen as one-in-the same is high. Again, this does not mean that you can’t be friends with them but you will want to be aware of when and how you are seen.
  2. Make a list of your brand and how you want to be perceived, as this will lead you to seek out the people who have those traits and get connected. Look at other high performers or leaders – both within and outside your organization – and see who ‘speaks’ to you, in the sense that you silently say “I want to be just like them.” Look at how they plan their day, how do they present themselves and interact with others, how do they dress and conduct themselves. Doing this will make you stand out, which is when you will get more recognition.
  3. Go find them; how you align with those you’ve identified does not have to be complicated as it should come naturally (so you don’t come off as a brown-noser) so you are accepted easily. When you are in meetings, sit near that person, or persons, you want to be seen with which will put in you their circle; volunteer for projects or committees which will put you in direct contact with them; greet and acknowledge them – saying hello or good afternoon often leads to more conversation, which is your opportunity to get to know them better; use your networking skills to strike up conversations and begin to learn about others which will then lead to you answering the question of ‘what do you do?” One last suggestion would be to look for mentoring opportunities with them which can boost your profile and your career.

Being recognized on the job is desired by everyone; spending time with those who are will lend much to your credibility and profile. When opportunities arise, you can be on the top of the list if you follow these suggestions, act authentically, and perform at your best.

Ready to get recognized? Contact us today for your complementary Discovery Session to learn how we can help: http://www.cyscoaching.com. Take action and move your career forward!

Taking Responsibility for Your Own Job Happiness

One problem I almost always hear from a new client is “I hate my job!” As we work to uncover the source of their level of unhappiness, it always amazes me how many place the blame onto their boss, a coworker, or the organization. They never seem to take a piece of the ‘blame’ to themselves. I won’t deny that those external influences dictate how the work gets done, which can include processes, schedules, rewards, etc. All of which may cause some type of conflict against them and can lead to frustration and unhappiness.

But, each employee – you – have a responsibility for the work you do and how you do it; your attitude predicts your job success. Often, I have seen individuals who are their lowest point when they come in – they are frustrated, angry, stressed, have physical symptoms (chest pain, stomach upset, headaches, backaches) – because of their perceptions of what someone has,  or hasn’t, done to them. My advice? Take back the control, change your attitude, and take responsibility for your own actions – what you can control vs what you can’t (or think you can’t).

  • First, make the decision to do so; I once read a wonderful story of a woman who lost a lot of weight and she said a wonderful quote inspired her: “When you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, you will do something about it.” Enough said!
  • Go back to your job description and highlight all of the skills and tasks that you do, that excite you, and that you are good at. Focusing on these will help you to fall back in love with the work you do which should provide more motivation to continue.
  • Any other tasks that deplete you, but are necessary, you must determine how you can make them more interesting so the work gets done. Perhaps you need more training or education to increase your skill-level. You might need to have a conversation with your supervisor to see how you could reengage with those tasks.
  • Work to become more positive, which starts the moment you wake up. Say 3-5 things you are grateful for, plan how you will spend your time during the day, determine to ‘eat that frog’ of the hardest or most important task first, eat a good breakfast, breathe. Doing these every morning will turn you into a happier employee and human being.

If you are unhappy in your work, then I encourage you to use these steps to turn things around. If you truly think you can’t then that’s the time to look at finding another job that won’t deplete you; however, not knowing the source of the problem can lead you into the same – or worse- situation. I fully believe taking responsibility for the work you do and your attitude can lead to satisfaction and a higher level of performance. I encourage you to give this a try (these tips work as well if you love your job).

If you’d like help with your career or in taking your performance to the next level, I’d love to help you succeed. Contact us today – http://www.cyscoaching.com.

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