Six Career Secrets You Didn't Learn in School
RISMEDIA, March 29, 2007-(CareerBuilder.com)-Whether you're just starting out or have been in the business world for some time now, getting ahead in the business world isn't something that's blatantly taught in school. Success needs to be earned; here are six tips to help you win at the business world's game:
Develop a marketable corporate persona:
Think of yourself as a publicist with the task of promoting you. Learn to capitalize on your skills, succinctly assert your achievements and project a corporate persona - or your most mature, professional and competent face.
Establish profitable relationships:
Business networking is a valuable tool to gain information, increase your visibility in your field and make connections that will help you move forward in your career. Seek out new contacts and potential mentors whom you like and admire and whose interests you share. On the home front, don't expect your boss to figure out what you're all about. Determine her priorities, find out what she wants from you, and brainstorm ways to surpass her expectations.
Master transferable skills like goal setting, effective communication and time management:
Transferable skills will serve you well no matter what future path you decide to pursue. Make your time count now by working with your boss to set specific, reasonable and attainable goals for your present position that will help you advance to the next level.
Stay motivated despite trying circumstances:
If you make a conscious decision to begin each day with a positive outlook, negative conditions at work can't take that away from you. Aim to increase your self-awareness so you can better understand your emotional hot buttons.
Get people to cooperate:
Always keep in mind that other people don't care what you want - they want to know what's in it for them. By approaching negotiations with an attitude that allows both parties to win, you'll be more effective at eliciting cooperation and ultimately getting what you want.
Approach your performance review strategically by soliciting feedback on your progress, identifying new goals and growth opportunities and hammering out a long-term promotion plan. When asking your boss for a raise, be prepared with a list of contributions that have positively impacted the bottom line.
Assuming you work from age 22 to age 65 for 235 days a year, you'll be on someone else's clock for about 80,000 hours, or one tenth of your life. Isn't it only fair that you do everything you can to create a rewarding job experience? - Alexandra Levit
Alexandra Levit worked for a Fortune 500 software company and an international public relations firm before starting Inspiration @Work, a career consulting and corporate training business. She's the author of "They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World" (Career Press 2004). Web site: www.corporateincollege.com.
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