Do you love your job? If not, frankly, you have a lot of company. A tremendously large percentage of employees are disengaged, discouraged, demotivated, and generally frustrated with their work. However, work (yes, even corporate jobs!) can be meaningful, enjoyable, and rewarding. And you don't even have to be "living your passion" to feel this way.
Nine seconds. That's all the time you have to gain someone's attention. It's your "door opener" timeframe, and it's short. What will you say? In this world of competition and distraction, to gain visibility, notice, interest or attention, being boring is not an option.
Here's a quick strategy for moving your career forward: decide specifically what you'd like to see happen. Sound simplistic? It is. But I am continually amazed at the number of people who drift through their careers without a direction or compass, and then wonder why they're not getting where they want to go.
If you're not managing your own brand, it is being created by default by those around you. Your personal and professional brand is the image people have of your ability to contribute, your value to the organization, your future potential. Are you willing to risk that by putting it entirely in the hands of your colleagues, boss, friends, customers, or acquaintances?
You don't have to be looking for a new position (actively or passively) to benefit from reactivating your network of contacts, so while the following article is certainly slanted toward the job search, I thought I'd share some advice and emphasize that it is just simple, good career management. Modify it for your own particular situation or circumstance...
Living a healthier lifestyle is all the rage these days. Special diets, exercise regimes, cleanses -- many of us have tried one thing or another to detoxify our bodies and increase our health and wellbeing. The same principles can be applied to other areas of our lives, such as our households and even our work environments. The theory is the same: remove or reduce the unhealthy aspects and increase the things that sustain us.
Whether you're hoping to get noticed by your boss, a recruiter, or the head of that department in which you've always wanted to work, just hoping that a spotlight will appear over your head, bathing you in glowing light at the moment a great opportunity becomes available, well, it's probably not the best tactic. You'll probably end up sitting for a long time in the dark. So what can you do to attract some well-deserved attention your way?
If your organization wants to boost sales (or fundraising), what skills should be developed in those employees who are on the "front line" with the customers or prospects? Technical skills? Sales techniques? A study by Dr. Rich Handley shows the five social and emotional intelligence competencies that are strongly correlated with meeting and exceeding sales targets.
Periodically, we may find ourselves at a crossroads in our career -- a point where there may be several possible paths or directions we can choose. The road we have been on is either coming to an end, or there are new options intersecting it that force us to make directional choices. If you find yourself standing at the crossroads, regardless of the reason you are there, look at it as a gift.