Do you feel stuck in your job? Even if you're grateful to be gainfully employed, it's still hard to feel good about going off to work every day if you don't get the sense that you're moving forward. If you've been idling in one place for a while, here's how to kick your career back into gear.
Some work behavior is poisonous to your career. Do certain things and act in certain ways, and you'll not only tank your own chances at promotion -- you'll destroy the productivity and job satisfaction of those around you, as well. Here's what you need to stop doing, right away, to get ahead without destroying your social capital with your colleagues.
You know you have what it takes to do the next job up the chain, but despite your best efforts, you're still not getting promoted. Worse, maybe other, less worthy co-workers are getting ahead before you are. You talk to your manager and gracefully make your case, but all you're getting is hemming and hawing. What's really going on here?
If you have a big job interview or presentation coming up, you've probably already thought a lot about how to make a good first impression. You know you need to dress professionally, for example, and make eye contact. Perhaps you've even thought about things like the strength of your handshake or the genuineness of your facial expressions. But you probably never thought about one key ingredient for winning over your audience: the way you enter a room.
Many of us are our own worst critic, and our careers suffer as a result. It's hard enough to hear negative self-talk when you're going about your business after work, but listen to bad internal chatter during your work day, and you'll start to have trouble hitting your professional goals.
To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.
When it comes to getting along with folks at the office, there's nothing trickier than knowing when, exactly, to draw a line. What's acceptable behavior in a boss, colleague, or report -- and what's an example of people taking advantage of your good nature?
When's the last time you heard someone say they loved giving presentations? And yet, most of us will have to, at some point or another in our lives. Our careers may depend on it.
Love them or hate them, our bosses are a huge factor in our happiness and success at work. That's bad news if yours doesn't seem to be in your corner, and while there's nothing you can do to make a terrible manager into a fantastic one, there are a few things you can try to get your boss invested in you.
Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.
When we talk about dress codes in the office, the focus is often on women. Whether this is because women's fashion offers more variety, or because our culture places more taboos on their dress, is up for discussion. But men should also strive to make a good impression at the office. Below the cut, you'll find a few examples of what not to do.
We've all heard that people communicate more with body language than they do with the words they actually speak. But what about facial expressions? If you're careful not to slouch and cross your arms grumpily, can you convey negative feelings with the look on your face -- and not even know you're doing it?
Feel like a fraud, even when you know you're qualified to lead? If so, you have impostor syndrome.
Fueled by an inability to internalize one's accomplishments, this psychological phenomenon appears to be fairly common among working women, and can prevent the afflicted from achieving their goals -- but it doesn't have to.
Maybe you've had the same title for a while, and you're ready for something bigger; maybe your responsibilities have evolved, and you want your title to match what you're doing every day. Whatever the reason, angling for a promotion is a tricky business. Being prepared can help you allay your anxiety about asking for what you're worth, and make it more likely for you to ascend to that next rung on the corporate ladder.
Job counselors tell us that the best way to build a successful career is to keep learning and adding skills to our resumes. But education isn't cheap -- for the most part. Fortunately, there are plenty of totally free sources online that will help you develop the skills you need to get hired, be promoted, and keep those raises rolling in.
What makes people who achieve their dreams from the rest of us? It's not just having a knack for making money or a talent for knowing what people want. It's a knack for doing a few things just a little bit differently than everyone else.
New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.
Want to boost your salary in a hurry? Some entries on your resume are worth more than others. Pick up these skills, and your paycheck could increase by as much as 20 percent.
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