August 10th, 2012
When starting a new job you want to make a great impression on your boss and team. You’ll strive to be the “go to” employee. Here are several tips to making sure you stand out from the crowd in an environment that can become easily distracted.
- Establish face time. Don’t settle for conference calls. When you need to speak with someone consider setting up a face to face meeting. People do remember faces so establish yours as the one they think of first when they need something handled.
- Put down your smartphone. When you start attending large corporate meetings it is not unusual to see everyone at the table with their smart phones in hand. Some people think this makes them look valuable – that they are so busy they can’t put down their phone even for a meeting. The opposite is actually true. People are avoiding the meeting even if attendance is required. Stand out by paying attention and even referring back to information regularly.
- Be interesting. You should be able to share something new that you’ve learned, or tried, or accomplished every week. People remember individuals who are willing to speak up and share their personal stories.
- It is all about them. Always be prepared to answer the question “what can you do for me?” Anticipate question before it is literally asked. Be ready to contribute and make your manager’s life and job easier.
- Be vocal. This doesn’t mean you shout to be heard above the din. Rather, you should avoid the lazy trap of email and make sure your managers know the sound of your voice. Tone is much easier to understand when you’re speaking than when you’re typing. You will escape some of the common pitfalls of electronic communication.
- Stick to the point. Avoid having to clarify what you mean on a regular basis. If people have to ask your intentions or purpose it is possible you have not communicated your point clearly enough. Learn to do this and you will stand out.
- Be complimentary. Don’t just be a yes-person but do offer words of encouragement and praise when they are deserved. Individuals at every level respond better to positive reinforcement every time.
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January 20th, 2012
OK, New Year’s Eve has come and gone, but we’re still early enough into 2012 that you can add a few resolutions to your list, especially when it comes to jump-starting your career.
Start by visualizing today as the last day of the year – you look back with pride over the past 12 months, seeing all you did to advance yourself professionally. It just takes renewed focus and determination to shake things up and chart a new path forward in your life and your career. Here are seven tips to get moving:
- Set clear goals. Like most of us, you’re bombarded by distractions and sometimes find it hard to stay focused on what you really want. This is a great time to write down clear-cut career objectives for the year ahead. Ask for a raise. Shoot for a promotion. Aim to become department team leader. (Note: Don’t file your new list away once it’s written. Post it somewhere you can see it to remind yourself on a regular basis.)
- Revise your resume. Whether you’re job-hunting or not, resumes need constant refreshing. What have you accomplished lately that’s missing from your resume? Does it just list what your job functions are, without detailing all you’ve achieved? That’s what recruiters are most interested in seeing. Be sure to revise your resume at least once this year.
- Less online playtime. Sure, Facebook, Twitter and social networking sites are fun to play with (and can sometimes help with one’s career), but how much time do you spend reading through friends’ accounts of playing with their dog in the park? If this is negatively affecting the quality of your work, best leave it for later.
- Learn something new. Whether it’s acquiring new knowledge in your chosen field or branching out into new territory altogether, now’s a good time to learn something new. Take a class, research online, read a book or volunteer with a local organization.
- Find a mentor. Learning from someone older and wiser can make a huge difference in a person’s career. Seek out someone at your company or elsewhere in your network who has achieved the kind of success you’re striving for and see if they’ll agree to mentor you.
- Strengthen your workplace relationships. Do you hang out with the same people day after day? There are probably many others who could help you professionally working just a few cubicles down. Now’s a good time to expand your in-house professional network.
- Think positive! If you don’t like your job, start looking for a way out. If that’s not practical, try to shift to a more accepting attitude of present circumstances and see how you can improve them. This may be the single most important resolution you make for 2012.