Category Archives: Career

3 Steps to a Promotion

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So you want a promotion? There’s only one thing that you need to do to get your boss on you side- figure out what he wants. Give it to him. Make Sure he knows it. Then ask.

1. Give Your Boss What He Wants

A boss can want many things, but you need to think of the big picture. Let me start you off: he wants you to do your job well without bothering him. He wants you to do it so well that you and he get complimented. Most of all he wants you to solve problems- even those not recognized yet.

So you think you’re doing the above?

2. Get noticed

Forward some positive feedback emails to your boss (as you get them). Keep a folder with all your feedback so good things are on your mind should you need to bring it up. Act like you’re in customer service (even if you aren’t). Make sure your “client” is satisfied.

3. Make Your Move

Sometimes all you need to do is ask. Approach your boss and ask for a promotion. Set a time line and deliverable. Make sure your both in agreement on next steps. Now go get it!

If you dont think it’s moving well it may be time to look elsewhere…

What are your tips for a promotion?
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The Praise List: Get Praised & Raised

This small tip may get you money and lift your spirits when you are down.

During the course of your work you may get emails that tell you “great job” or similar praise from co-workers, clients and even bosses. Instead of simply smiling and deleting it, put it all in a special folder. Then when the day to day grind starts wearing you down just take a quick scroll through this folder for instant gratification. So how could this make you money? Before your performance review, check this folder and you’ll see all your past accomplishments and the recognition you received. This will provide you with good ammunition when speaking with your boss.

Labor Day Resolutions II: Preparing For Your Job Search

In the previous article, Labor Day Resolutions I: Making the Most of your Career, we discussed how to achieve the most at your current position. In this installment we’ll provide a blue print if it’s time to move to a new opportunity.

Figure out what you want Before you start your search you should determine what you really want to do (that you have at least some qualifications to do).

Get your resume ready– Have trusted friends look over your resume. They will find grammatical errors, logical errors, confusing text errors and many other errors- do not get offended- they are only trying to help! Try to look at your resume objectively and see if there is merit to their complaint. Sometimes you know exactly what you are saying but it doesn’t come across on paper. Even If you are absolutely sure that their suggestions don’t apply, thank them anyway.

Structure your resume so you answer a companies question “what can you do for me”.

Prime your network– Be on the lookout. You have built a informal network of friends and acquaintances- contact them and try getting leads to help you in your search. Networks are one of the best sources for new jobs.

Don’t Burn Bridges– Always be courteous to employers and coworkers, you never know if they will be your future boss or client.

Good Luck

Labor Day Resolutions I: Making the Most of your Career

New Years Day i.e. January 1st is a time for physical reflection- many people make resolutions to work on their weight etc. With Labor Day here, it’s time to reflect on our careers.

With summer vacation/relaxation over, now is the time to determine how to take your career to the next level. You should think about how to achieve the most at your current position or decide if it’s time to move on.

Action Steps to achieve the most at your current position

  • Look back at your last review to see what to work on.
  • Inventory all that you’ve accomplished recently and try to finish up any lose ends.
  • Take some initiative, so you can begin building major accomplishments for your year end review.
  • Make sure your accomplishments are known. Be sure that your boss etc know what you’ve accomplished without showing off. Look to your praise list for some of your accomplishments.

Enjoy your Labor Day! In Labor Day Resolutions II (coming this week), you can read how to best position yourself for a new job.

Dazzle Your Boss: Solve the Problem, Not the Request

How often does your boss come to you with a very specific question/request? If you’re like most good employees you’ll try to work on it quickly and answer his specific question (bad employees will not even take the time to understand the request). I’m here to tell you that’s not a good idea!

Many times your boss is just trying to simplify the problem for you and he glosses over important details. Or worse, he doesn’t know exactly what he wants but comes to your with confidence asking for the wrong thing. What you need to do is to find out what he really wants not what he says he wants.

How can you do this? Simple, ask questions to ensure you understand what he really wants to accomplish.

I had this relationship with one of my bosses. I kept asking questions so that he stopped just giving me a quick command. Instead, he spent a minute or two explaining the background. Sometimes I had some good suggestions, other times it really was a simple request. Through all my questions an interesting thing happened- my knowledge of what was happening around the company increased. I gained a better understanding of projects my department was working on. I was able to take on more complex projects because I knew the background that gave me a foundation. In short, I became a more valuable employee because I knew more and I solved problems.

Did you ever give your boss what he asked for only to do it over again once you found out what he really wanted? Stop and ask. Comment below on how your situation turned out.