Tagged Personal Growth

Fast Track Your Career: 5 Tips to Get Promoted


How to Fast Track Your Career

Most people are looking to advance their career, the faster the better.

Before I get started on my tips to get that next promotion, I want to caution people against being too aggressive to grow too quickly. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and only time and observation will reveal some of those factors. You may think you want that job but only after staying put a few more months, you may realize that’s not the direction you want to go in. But that aside, here are my surefire tips for advancement:

1) Act professionally at all times. Make sure you are dressed for the job you want, not the job you have. You should look to your boss or your boss’ boss to gauge how to dress, not your peers. Be on time, be reliable. Don’t gossip or whine or complain. If you have genuine greivances, work on presenting those in the most diplomatic fashion to the people who can actually change things such as your boss.

2) Develop a mentoring relationship. Do you see someone who seems to be in the boss’ favor? Align yourself with that person and try to learn as much as possible from them. Most people are flattered to share their knowledge with an eager student…but be sincere. You don’t want to come across as an opportunistic competitor. That could backfire on you if your “mentor” suddenly feels threatened by you. Stay humble and be sure to express appreciation.

3) Be a team player and build your network. If most of your teammates see you as a helpful, valuable asset, they will be your biggest cheerleaders when it comes to opportunities. If the boss is constantly hearing about how helpful you’ve been, that will go a long way.

4) Ask for more responsibilities. If you hear the boss saying something like, “we really need to start tracking that information” or “I wish I had a report that showed me XYZ information” see if you can volunteer for such a project. Even if you don’t overhear such talk, look for opportunities where you can increase some level of efficiency or productivity and take some action. This will show you are proactive and looking at the big picture.

5) Practice self-promotion. While you don’t want to come across as too pushy, there’s nothing wrong with letting the boss know that you are interested in the next step up at the company and tell them why you’d be a good candidate. For example, “I’d really like to be a project manager. I can see that this job really requires someone with great follow up and organizational skills both of which I think I have.” And ask what they think you can do to help get you closer to that goal. Maybe you need some training on a particular software you aren’t aware of…by learning these details, you’ll be one step ahead.

Bottom line: if you look and act professionally, you are reliable, hard working, willing to learn and a helpful team player, you’ll probably get noticed.

Good luck and thanks for visiting livemorenow.net

Inspiration is for Amateurs: Just Get to Work

Inspiration is for Amateurs

I recently heard a quote on a Podcast I listened to, the Podcast is called Hidden Brain. They have a series out for summer called You 2.0 which just digs into self-improvement topics. This particular episode was called Deep Work 2.0. The jist of it was that with all the distractions we face, we rarely carve out time to do the “deep work”, whether that’s preparing a business plan, starting a new project or working on that book you’ve been meaning to write.

The guest on the show went on to quote Chuck Close who said, “Inspiration is for Amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work.” That really resonated with me personally because when it comes to LiveMoreNow, I’ve been woefully short in reaching my goal of posting one video per week. To summarize Chuck, if we sit around waiting for that “aha” moment, we may never get started. The idea of getting to work is that things and ideas will arise from the process itself. He also says that process can be liberating and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel everyday.

So many times in my life I’ve been paralyzed by not knowing where to start. When I look back, it’s the times when I just plowed ahead that were the most rewarding because almost every time, something came out of that. Maybe I didn’t complete an amazing project, but I might have learned something new that took my imagination in a whole other, unanticipated direction.

Here at LiveMoreNow, the whole foundation is making changes through small steps. Many of us wait around for the motivation to get started and in truth, action creates motivation. I do have some other videos discussing similar topics such as decision making and not getting overly wrapped up in the analysis of it all.

If you are just really feeling like you are not in the mood to do something, exercising, reading, whatever, try the 5 minute rule…just tell yourself you’re only going to do something for 5 minutes and if you want to stop afterward, you can. Many times, perhaps more often than not, you’ll keep going.

I would encourage you to think about what it is that you would love to do…think big picture. Even if that seems unattainable, figure out the tiniest step you could take today to move toward that goal. And then, as Chuck Close said, just show up and get to work and if you hang in there, you’ll get somewhere.

I’d love to hear any personal stories from you in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting LiveMoreNow.net.

How to Ask For a Raise — Step by Step Advice


How to Ask for a Raise

So you think you’ve earned a raise but no one has coughed up the extra cash. Unfortunately it’s not longer the norm to receive standard annual performance reviews with good ol’ fashioned “standard of living” increases. Seems most often we have to ask. But before you go in, you need to ready with some solid reasons…With my years as a recruiter and manager, I’m going to give you some tips to prepare and lastly I’m going to walk you through “The Conversation.”

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