Note: This post was written in 2012 by the previous owner of this blog.
For those familiar with my blog, I don’t use nickel and dime techniques to build wealth. I try to look at the big picture and where my actions would have the most impact. Nothing can provide you with greater wealth than career advancement. I have applied myself on the job and have shown senior leadership that I am a diligent and hard working associate. I have taken advantages of key opportunities within my organization that has set me up for success. I have also networked appropriately.
Here are some practical tips you can apply on the job today to boost your career potential:
During performance reviews or when anyone would ask me what I want to do next, I had a clear and concise elevator pitch on my next move. It wasn’t a specific role, but the path that I wanted to take. When opportunities open up, people will think of you.
I never understood the whole “networking” thing until it worked its magic in my career. I always kept in touch with certain colleagues and they knew where I wanted to go. As stated above, when they are aware of new opportunities, they will reach out to you.
Prove your worth
Work hard on the job. I come in early, make my presence known, and get things done. I’m not a naysayer, but appropriately push-back. This way, when performance review time comes, you can clearly articulate what you’ve done and possibly negotiate a raise.
ABL (Always be looking)
Never be content in your job. Always have a pulse of what the industry and market have to offer in terms of job opportunities and salary. Pay attention as this will help in the negotiation of future salary increases.
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have
If you’re coming into working looking like a schlub, no one will take you seriously. A new, wrinkle-free shirt, is an investment..buy a few. Make sure your shoes are not worn. Comb your hair…typical stuff.
Learn how to accept failure
Failure is part of life, and knowing how to accept it is the first step to success. But that doesn’t mean that you just welcome failure all the time. Don’t let the momentum of a certain situation carry you into a bad decision. Be prepared to make midcourse corrections even if that is disruptive and unpopular.
There are so many more, and I will touch upon them later, but I wanted to get something started. Does anyone have any other helpful hints? I’ll include them in a future post.