Wednesday, October 12, 2005

How to Get Ahead in Your Career

Career Success - Get Yourself Noticed!
By Lori Smith

You may have heard of the expressions "Patience is a virtue" and "Everything comes to those that wait" but let me assure you, in the corporate world, if all you are doing is being patient while waiting for someone to promote you because you have been there so long now, then you are mistaken.

The only sure way to get the promotion for which you are looking is to make sure that you stand out from the rest of the crowd, do more - show initiative and make sure that your boss knows that you are reliable and willing to do the work that is required, and even then there are no guarantees as to what will happen. All you can hope for is that when the time comes for them to promote someone, you will have shown them that you are the only logical candidate. Of course you have to hope that their logic and yours are the same, but generally speaking the boss is looking for someone that is willing to put in the effort and do the extra work as well as someone that is responsible enough to make sure that while doing the extra, their own work does not suffer.

Sounds like a tall order? Well trust me it is, but if you are wanting to get somewhere in the company for which you are working then you have to have some way of making sure that you get noticed, and getting noticed for the good things that you do is always better than getting noticed for the things that you do wrong.

Make no mistake, there are times when you will mess things up, and they will not go the way you wanted them to, own up to it and make sure that you learn from your experiences. Making one mistake is acceptable, repeating it because you did not learn from it is an entirely different thing. Of course you should always try and ask for help when you are unsure of what you should be doing, and certainly try to make sure that you know what the end goal is, else you will never know when you have done that which you were supposed to do.

In short, don't be afraid to try and do something, make sure you know what it is you want to achieve and get whatever help you need to get there.

This will get you noticed for the right reasons, and of course when the time comes for someone to get promoted we can only hope that you have distinguished yourself from the rest of the applicants.

Good luck with that promotion !!

Lori Smith is a professional coach, consultant and founder of Foundation Coaching, HyperClique Career Coaching and Pure Infusion Leadership Coaching.

She shares what she learned after 8 years in the IT Service Desk support arena. Where she started as an help desk analyst and worked her way up to be a Technical Team Lead. She shares her knowledge and experience of both being in the trenches and being a tortured Mid-manager stuck in the middle of Head Office and employees. She shares her experience of breaking free of the old Corp world and following her true passion.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

New Job Blues

New Job Blues
By Mary Gardner

I started a new position last week as a headhunter. I’ve marketed people practically my whole career and have gotten people jobs but never was employed by a recruiting firm. I’ve thought about it for the past 5 years and also interviewed with several companies but never found a good fit until recently.

We are meeting people who are in our training class who are located in other offices around the country. There are 80 offices nationwide so the people are all over the country and also have many different backgrounds, experience and are working many different industries.

Today one of the women confided in me that she was struggling. She’s young and hasn’t done any type of sales before. She also didn’t feel like she was getting the job and fitting in at the office.

I was able to share with her that she really needed to give herself a year before she felt whether or not she was cut out for the job. Also, she’s in a sales environment and sales professionals most often are naturally competitive human beings, and aren’t going to nurture their competitors that much. You have to be an independent sort to want to be in sales in the first place.

I told her that her feelings are NORMAL and even though I’ve worked in a very similar industry, that there were many things that were new to me. I’ve coached people, recruited people and promoted people, but even if I had done this EXACT job in this EXACT industry, taking a new job is going to be an adjustment.

Think about it! There is a new commute. There are new people greeting you in the morning and that you see all day long. You have to learn a new computer system, new phones and learn a whole new job. If you’ve switched industries, there are new things to learn about that. And for lunch? You now have new places to choose from!

Starting a new job takes guts, courage and patience. It’s not going to be super easy from the get go. It’s going to take time before you feel 100% comfortable. That’s going to be the same for a receptionist of the CEO of the company.

Hopefully, you’ll remember how you feel now or felt then, and when someone else jumps on board, you’ll be able to be a support to them so they’ll feel a bit more comfortable than you did when you started.

After sharing my thoughts of encouragement with her, she thanked me and seemed to understand it’s just going to take some time. I’m hoping that I convinced her of that anyway.

And now, time to get ready and do it all again tomorrow.

Mary Gardner is a professional networker, coach, consultant and recruiter.More information can be accessed at

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