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Professional Advancement Tips for Young Career Professionals

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Beginning your career can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. While most people develop an idea of the profession they’d like to pursue at an early age, once they’ve met the reality of the challenges in today’s job market, it’s easy to abandon the passions they once had. However, becoming established in your career and regularly advancing can keep you interested and engaged.  And it is definitely achievable if you have the right mindset and follow a few basic strategies. Below, we’ll address some professional advancement tips you can use to make sure you stand out from […]

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Stand Out and Move Up In Your Career – Write a Book

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Job hunters go to great lengths to stand out to prospective employers. We’ve heard of people using everything from a singing telegram to helium balloon delivery to make sure their name gets remembered and their resume doesn’t end up in the trash. But none of these stunts would make an impression like telling a hiring manager, literally, “I wrote the book on this.” There’s nothing like a high-quality book you’ve written and published to demonstrate your skills, credibility, commitment, knowledge, and vision for your field. Can I write a book? At this point, many readers may assume this doesn’t apply […]

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Are You Using Your Network Correctly?

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How broad is your professional network? How do you stay in touch with your contacts? It takes more than an occasional email or text. If you’re not networking correctly, you’re missing out on a powerful tool to help you improve your job performance and your career development.

What is a Network?

A network is nothing mysterious.  It’s is a group of people in related or unrelated businesses, looking to further their own and their contacts’ careers or interests by sharing information and forming business relationships.  Note the focus on careers and business. This is not your social circle.


‘… a group of people who want to advance their own and their contacts’ careers or interests by sharing information and forming business relationships.’

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Why Network?

Networking requires giving and receiving.  You must offer as well as ask for help. And while networks are becoming the best way to find a new job, there are many more benefits.  A good one will help you:

  • Improve your performance in your current role: Get the information you need to do a better job today
  • Build specific skills: Identify a mentor or model from whom you can learn something new
  • Find your next job: Hear about opportunities before they are announced, or get a direct line to the hiring manager
  • Meet new employees Get introduced to someone who is a perfect fit for the job opening up in your company
  • Find a supplier or business partner: Get recommendations for everything from logistics providers to promotional agencies
  • Help others: When you help someone else, you create a closer tie with that person. I recommend that about 70% of your networking involve giving help, and 30% of it asking for help. Give generously and it will come back to help you!

Give generously! Your networking activities should be 70% giving help and 30% asking for it.

Women and Business Networking

Networking is one of those business activities that many women shy away from. I often hear from women that they are uncomfortable, or that deciding what they want to get from their network feels like using people. Or that it sounds like a series of business transactions, and they would rather to get to know people. They use words like intimidating, or awkward.

For anyone feeling that way right now, it’s OK. You are normal. You also limit yourself with this view.  Take a moment and think again about the purpose of a network: people in related or unrelated businesses advancing their own and their contacts’ careers or interests by sharing information and forming business relationships. A network is inherently about relationships – business relationships.


Expanding your Network

You can expand your network in many ways. Have lunch or coffee with someone from another department. Become active in a professional organization. Or join a dedicated business network, like BPW International, the world’s most vibrant international business network for women. With chapters all over the world, BPW is dedicated to helping all women reach their full potential. There’s probably a chapter near you.

Training courses are a great place to expand your network too. Attendees are usually working in the same or related areas, or working on similar skills. You can even take courses in networking from providers like Fundamental Capabilities. Wherever you meet people, you have the chance to network – even on line at the grocery store, or when you are stuck in the airport. And you know that joke about women talking in the ladies’ room? It’s no joke, you can even network there!

Kickstart Your Network Now

Whether you are looking for a new job, a new skill, or just to know more about your industry, your network is a great place to start. So go out there and talk with people. Ask them about what they do, why they do it, how they do it. Offer to connect them to someone else they know. Tell them about something you have seen that might interest them. Ask for advice or introductions. Before you know it you will be on your way to having a broad network of connections that can help you reach your goals!


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The 5 Professional Development Pillars of Real-Life Career Girls

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The following is a guest post by Brendan Alan Barrett.  His bio follows.

Professional development seems the obvious solution for an ambitious careerists trying to climb the ladder of success. What isn’t so obvious, is what effective professional development really looks like.

It is one thing to talk about being a student of your field, it’s another to know exactly what to study and how to put that new knowledge to use. When you’re at the wheel, steering your own on-going career development, it can be a lot to take on.

How is a young career girl to know what really works? How is someone supposed to decipher between pursuits really worth their time and activities that only serve to waste it?

For this article I had the chance to speak with a number of real-life career girls, all of which are at different stages in life, but have accomplished their own levels of professional success. Each of these women also seemed to have positioned themselves for many more successful tomorrows.

In sharing their thoughts, experiences, and wisdom I will pull back the vail on professional development that really works. I’ll do this by exploring the fundamental aspects of professional development real-life career girls are already using to achieve success in their lives and in their work.

Know Your Priorities

With so many directions to take when it comes to a career it can be overwhelming to know where to start, if you don’t know where you want to go.

According to Adriane Wilson, who owns the executive coaching and training firm Strengths Zone, self-inventory and career planning are the foundation for professional development and career success.
Adriane says, “Step-one is to take inventory of where you are in your career and where you want to be… so that other people can help you, so that you can identify the proper resources to help you. So really, step-one is to map your future.”

This idea of mapping your future is one that Adriane puts to use herself through goal setting. For Adriane it is a regular practice to write out goals on a quarterly basis, making plans for the next year and beyond.

Set Goals

When it comes to defining goals in writing like she does, Adriane adds, “When you write things down you are more committed to what is happening.” Which is something she believes has allowed her to succeed in the many directions her career has taken.

To date, Adriane has seen her fair share of success as a journalist, a sales professional, and marketing director. Adriane is now building a business to help individuals and the organizations they work for, to best use the human resources they already have available. Her company, Strengths Zones, does this through helping people to understand the particular strengths they already possess and then leveraging those strengths to achieve a particular personal or organizational goal.

Coronel Ann Peru Knabe is another proponent of having your priorities point you in the right direction. As a U.S. Airforce reservist, Ann has had her civilian career, teaching commutations at the university level, detoured by a number of military deployments.


Ann considers herself a, “Big goal setter.” She also admits, “Sometimes I am also action-on-target … taking opportunity on things that pop-up out of nowhere.”

Because of four deployments, receiving her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public relations, distance learning, and psychology took more than 10 years. Reflecting on how her military services impacted her academic aspirations Ann says, “Your first priority coming back [from deployment] is family – to get your family reunified. The second is your job – to get reintegrated at work… The third for me – and it always came last – was the dissertation.”

Put First Things First

Ann’s story is one that could be used to illustrate the value in putting first things first. After her fourth consecutive deployment as a reservist, Ann was ready to throw in the towel on finishing her dissertation.

It had been a lower priority for so long that progress wasn’t being made at a rate she was proud of. Because of the strong support system she had nurtured by making her family a priority, however, her husband was there to remind her how far she had come.

In Ann’s recollection of that moment, “He came in and said ‘No, don’t give-up. Are you kidding me? You’ve dedicated eight years of your life – this is in reach.” And, that was all it took to see herself through to the end.

Without her Ph.D., Ann wouldn’t have qualified for the assignment of her latest three-year tour. Ann is currently serving on deployment as the Dean of Students for the International College of Security Affairs at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.



When I asked if reading has had an impact on her career, serial entrepreneur Alyssa Ripp replied, “Without question it has. Reading periodicals like The New York Times and the New Yorker pushes me to think bigger, more broadly, and in a global context.”

Alyssa also mentioned that the combination of reading and her work as a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business helps her to maintain a 50,000-foot view on an industry she’s been working in for over a decade. Alyssa describes that perspective as being “Extraordinarily valuable.”

The same seems to be true for women not so far along in their career. Catherine Barrett, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in 2012 and 2014 respectively, works as a senior healthcare consultant at Pershing, Yoakley and Associates. She says, “I’m an avid reader–of books and articles and anything else with words on it.”

Books like the Go-Giver, a parable by Bob Burg and John David Mann, and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In have helped her a great deal in the early years of her career. To Catherine’s surprise, these titles helped her overcome the kinds of disillusion young professionals often struggle with when first starting out.

Reading Feeds Your Mind

Catherine also suggests, “If you’re in healthcare, anything by Atul Gawande is a must-read, and if you’re not in healthcare, you should still read his stuff.”

For Coronel Ann Peru Knabe it is the Wall Street Journal that she makes time for every day. Usually she juggles the WSJ pages while working out on the elliptical in the morning, but she is also a big fan of their app.

“In my business, one needs to be acutely aware of world and domestic issues. Whether I’m working as the Dean of Students, in the world of PR, or doing Air Force duty at the Pentagon, I need to be aware of what’s happening in the world around us,” Ann says.

As for executive coach and entrepreneur Adriane Wilson, when it comes to professional development, she is a firm believer that, “Except for the books that you read, the people you meet, and the places you go you could be in the same place next year.”

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As much as she enjoys the 50,000-foot view of her industry that she gets from reading and teaching, Alyssa Rapp is also keen on stringing together the written word herself. In her own words, “I absolutely love writing and journaling.”

While journaling for Alyssa is typically feast or famine, an informal business plan or the idea for a book are the kind of thing Alyssa will come down from her bird’s-eye view of the world to work out through journaling.

Having a journal entry or notes to kick-off each revival of an idea keeps the ball moving in a positive direction, especially if she is looking for help from her husband – or anyone else – to better flesh out the concept.

Alyssa Rapp would be the first to admit that journaling in the digital age doesn’t always resemble what many of us grew up to know as the practice of taking pen to paper, but she is still a big fan of simply jotting down notes –even digitally- on anything she may want to revisit or add to over time.

Just how important is writing to Alyssa and her creative process as an entrepreneur? “I believe writing is incredibly important to finding balance in my life,” she says. “Sometimes fiction writing serves that purpose, sometimes nonfiction writing serves that purpose.”

Alyssa is such a proponent of journaling that she often gifts moleskin journals to employees and interns. She encourages them to use the journals for capturing their own entrepreneurial thoughts for use if they ever leave her company.

Of course, Alyssa was sure to make the distinction that writing 400 obligatory emails on a daily basis doesn’t offer her the same benefits as the kind of writing she might do in a journal. Journaling is a way to work out an idea or reflect on a situation before it is communicated to anyone else.

An actionable way to incorporate writing into your professional development can be learned from the example of Catherine Barrett. She told me, “I have a work journal where at the end of the day – most of the time – I write down the highlight of the day and at least one thing I learned,” because, “experiences were starting to blur together.”

Not only does Catherine use her journal to track areas she can improve upon, but she’s found that when working long hours – as seasons of a career can require – it can become easy to get caught-up in the negative moments.


So, as a means of celebrating her accomplishments and fueling herself to push through the not so happy parts of being a young professional, Catherine explains, “My one goal is to write down something really great that happened, and something that I learn each day. That way I’ll be ending my day with something positive, and with something to grow from.”

As far as reviewing the good things, Catherine adds that not only does such a journal serve as a good pick-me-up, but also a good check point. Because young professionals have so much new information coming at them, it can be helpful to have something to refer back to. Such a reference can prevent having to struggle through the same lesson more than once.

Similarly, Adriane Wilson has nothing but praise for a regular journaling practice, “As a formal journalist I find journaling to be quite powerful. I really like to look back on my writing from a year ago or years-past to see the growth and to have a good understanding on how learning is just part of the process.”



When asked if her experience had unearthed anything that works especially well for fostering her own professional development, Colonel Ann Peru Knabe replied, “Instead of thinking about trying to improve myself, taking risk and moving ahead. Less talk, more action.”

This is coming from a woman who has given herself every permission to pursue her interests. As a reservist and public affairs officer for the USAF, Ann has been deployed all over the globe. At home in Wisconsin Ann was worked in publishing and on the industry side of public relations. At the same time, Ann was climbing the ranks of academia, from graduate student, to university instructor, to Ph.D. and Professor.

To some, pursuits in academia, the private sector, and military service are seemingly unrelated. Ann is one of those people, but she also recognizes her sprawling experience is the only reason she was a fit for a three year assignment at National Defense University.

Ann’s appointment as a Dean of Students at the National Defense University is not one she would have considered 20 years ago, but every new pursuit has given way to even more opportunity. Things she didn’t know she’d ever want for her career are now within reach.

The effects of military deployment on the progress of her Ph.D. is just one example of the hurdles that come with pursuing a variety of passions. In spite of those hurdles however, Ann continues to permit herself to pursue her interests, regardless of how seemingly unrelated they might be.

It stands to reason that Ann’s habit of allowing her priorities and passions to guide her activity has played a role in maintaining her motivation. Not only has Ann fueled her ambitions with genuine interest in their subject matter, she has continued to trade novelty for nuance, diving deep into her education rather than moving on to the next shinny object or interesting pursuit.


Never Stop Improving Yourself

“Never stop improving yourself,” is what Ann considers the guiding philosophy of her career. She says that you should always be striving for more, pushing yourself to the level of discomfort. Ann’s warning is that, “If you get too comfortable, you grow stagnant.”

As a testament to how well Ann embodies those words, as soon as she is settled with her family, following her latest tour of duty, she plans is to relaunch the consulting business she started prior to deployment. For her, consulting is the ultimate opportunity to parlay her military experience in crisis communication to working in the private sector. Ann also plans to get her real estate license, which has been something of a peripheral interest she’s had for some time.

Ann’s advice to other women is to, “Be open to ideas – now I’m open to the idea of being a business owner. Be agile and flexible. Be able to envision yourself in different roles. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself into one spot.”


Seek Mentorship

As Alyssa Rapp builds here latest company, AJR Ventures, she still considers it her career’s mission to simply work with and be mentored by extraordinary people.

In fact, mentorship from other women like her mother Fay Levin, former US ambassador to the Netherlands, has had such a positive influence on her career she is driven to make sure other young people to have similar guidance in their lives. To accomplish this, Alyssa has joined the board of the Spark Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mentorship to middle schoolers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Alyssa also gives humble credit for her success to mentors like Christie Hefner, executive chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, as well as her good friend, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer.

For Colonel Ann Peru Knabe, it was a mentor and teaching colleague that challenged her to pursue an accreditation in public relation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). That accreditation has served her well in every avenue of her public affairs and public relations career.

Adriane Wilson recalls being taken under the wing of a few journalists while still in high school. She says, “Mentorship has taught me a lot about the unspoken rules in the workplace and professionalism and the importance of paying it forward. In fact – quite a few – I am still in contact with and I’m still always learning from. Now I’m at a place where I share as well. You never get too old for advice, and good advice is even better!”


The Value of Mentorship

Conversely, we live in a world where our youngest working generation is bombarded by reminders of how important mentorship is. So much so that the construct is being formalized into coarse curriculum and corporate operations. At times it seems that informal mentorship might be losing its appeal and credibility. The prevalence of formal mentorship may even make it hard for younger professionals to simply recognize informal mentorship, even while they are experiencing it.

Speaking to her experience as a young professional in standardized mentoring environments, Catherine Barrett explained that an important component to a successful mentoring relationship is vulnerability. She says, “You have to find someone you can be vulnerable with.  When you are new in a situation it can be hard to be vulnerable. Especially with people you hope might promote you or are responsible for reviewing you.”

Because formal mentorship is often structured between superiors and subordinates in the workplace, the natural influence of organizational hierarchy can keep mentees from allowing themselves to be vulnerable. They aren’t honest because they don’t want to appear incompetent. They don’t ask for help when they need it, because they are afraid of being demoted or fired.

Be Open And Vulnerable

Catherine believes that if you can’t be vulnerable with your mentor, you probably don’t have the right mentor. She also thinks that many of her peers approach mentorship as a networking play. As if accepting someone’s counsel is only valuable in creating proximity – an opportunity to posture – a chance in which to prove yourself worth hiring or recommending for a higher paying job somewhere else.

The issue Catherine sees with such an approach is that, “You never give yourself the chance to be vulnerable and honest, and you never give them the chance to be a true mentor to you.”

Create Organic Mentor Relationships

In Catherine’s experience, her most successful mentor relationships have been formed organically. They originated from casual conversations rather than being mandated by her organization. While all have been more experienced than her, she didn’t feel threatened because they weren’t her direct supervisors. Sharing problems, concerns, and questions came naturally with these people.

It’s hard for a lot of people just strike up a conversation. For these people a more formal mentorship is probably a good place to start. Of course, Catherine cautions other young professionals to not overlook the more traditional, informal mentoring opportunities.

“When you discount the less formal mentorships, you probably handicap yourself in the more formal mentorships,” explained Catherine. For her, it was the more natural conversations with her informal mentors in which she learned to become comfortable asking questions, asking for help, and how to make the most of the mentorship curriculum she received from her managers.


The 5 Professional Development Pillars of Real-Life Career Girls

  1. KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES: Without knowing what is important you, there is no level of success that will yield career fulfillment. By knowing your purpose, having goals, and sticking to your values, you are much more likely to achieve fulfillment from your work.


  1. READ: Reading is an opportunity to discover concepts, ideas, and new ways of thinking. Your current circle of colleagues can only introduce you to so much, but a good book or article can clue you into a part of the world you would otherwise never have known.


  1. WRITE: The use of the written word has a fantastic way of making your own ideas more clear. Journaling is a great tool for synthesizing the things you learn with one another. Being able to do this will increase your professional acumen and help you work much more productively.


  1. DO: There is no greater teacher than experience. Only through trial-and-error can you prove what you think you know to be true. The word failure gets associated with some not so great sentiments. In reality, failure is a key ingredient to growth.


  1. SEEK MENTORSHIP: Otto von Bismarck is famous for having said, “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” But, not only can other people tell you what mistakes to avoid, they can become strategic partners in navigating your career. You might find out that they become just as emotionally invested in your success as you are.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brendan Alan Barrett, writes about professional development at, a blog dedicated to the mission of career success without student-debt. Brendan is also the author of READ WRITE DO Professional Development and Career Success Playbook, a no nonsense book written for people who want to jump start the career they’ve wanted for way too long.


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3 Ways To Stand Out Among Your Coworkers and Get That Promotion

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The workforce is a competitive place. If you’re not willing to put in the time and effort necessary to rise above your coworkers and peers to become the employee your bosses can’t live without, someone else will. So what exactly can you do as a woman in the workforce to make yourself seen?  How can you stand out among the many others trying their very best within your company? To show you how, here are three things you may want to consider to help yourself shine at work and get that promotion.

Give Yourself the Best Chance for Success

While portions of a successful career could be attributed to luck or good timing, the majority of people with successful careers will tell you that they got to where they are through their hard work, determination and natural abilities. But how are you supposed to take advantage of all those things? Get a job that matches their personality.  That’s what  Penelope Trunk advises women to do.   By finding a career that works well with your natural abilities and tendencies, you give yourself the best possible chance for success by catering to your already ample talents.

Confidence is Key

In a room full of people, often the ones with the most confidence will stand out among the rest. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to build your confidence in the workplace. According to Lindsay Olson, in a U.S. News and World Report article, women can begin to build their confidence in the workplace in several ways.  For example, use more assertive words, dress in a way that makes you feel capable, and speaking up when you have an idea or something to say. Even if you feel like your confidence is low at this point, you can always do small things each day to steadily build yourself up and set yourself apart from your coworkers.

Create A Place For Yourself

Large, successful companies often make it easier to blend in among the ranks than to stand out from the crowd. But if you want to be someone who steadily climbs that corporate ladder, you’ve got to find a way to make an impression on your superiors. One way you can do this, according to Jamie Hufford, in her post at, is to become recognized for a specific reason. By doing this, you’ll be creating a place for yourself within your company that no one else can fill quite like you can. You can implement this idea by striving to be known for a specific, positive reason or purpose. Becoming the “go to” person that fills a real need will help your superiors see just how indispensable and important you are to your company.

Get that promotion

Some women feel that they’ll always get overlooked when placed next to their male counterparts. But there are many things you can do in the workplace that will show to both your bosses and your coworkers that you mean business. Use the tips mentioned above to show your worth at work and get that promotion you’ve been working so hard for.

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6 Tips for Revitalizing Your Career

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The following is a guest post by Lisa Skeete Tatum. Her bio follows.

Sometimes in your career, you need to refresh the old and start anew. Why not do it now? Here are 6 ways to revitalize your career, plus some immediate steps you can take to get going today:

Review the past accomplishments and set goals for the future.

It’s always a good time to take stock of where you are in your career. Are you doing something that you’re passionate about? Are you leveraging all of your talent and skills? Now is a great time to assess your current situation, especially if you’re ready but not sure how to make your next move. Set new goals or reflect on ones already established and start tracking your progress.

Update your online presence.

Take a fresh look at your online profiles and make sure they’re up-to-date and truly reflect where you are in your career. Add things like links to your portfolios, presentations, or articles that you wrote or appeared in to demonstrate your great work. Perhaps your personal brand needs some attention? Find out by taking our brand quiz to get your brand score. Then, we’ll give you personalized recommendations on how to boost your score and your brand.

Refresh the old resume and bio.

Resume editing, even if you’re not actively looking for a new job opportunity, is important to do on a regular basis. You never know when a new opportunity will come along, and it’s always good to have your materials ready. It also takes effort to create something that captures your full set of accomplishments and responsibilities, and sometimes you can even forget to include all of your past wins. If you haven’t already, give your resume a tune-up this spring and have a top (human!) expert review your resume for free right now.

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Polish your skills or learn something new.

Signing up for a professional development course is an ideal way to brush up on skills and learn about other career options without having to officially shift gears. If your goal is to advance in your current role, learn what takes it get the promotion you want. Check out great course options for boosting your skills or try something new across numerous industries.

Reinvigorate your professional support system.

Everyone needs a board of advisors — a trusted inner circle of peers that has your best interests at heart. As you refresh and review your goals for this year, ask yourself: when did you last speak to your mentor? Have you identified who your sponsors or connectors are? Maybe it’s time to meet some new people in your industry or beyond! A strong personal board of advisors includes six types of people that will help you move forward: mentors, sponsors, connectors, close friends, point experts and coaches. Start identifying and building your board of advisors today.

Get expert advice if you’re feeling stuck.

Sometimes it’s a challenge figuring out your next step: what do I want to do next? How am I going to get there? A little extra help from an expert coach can help you with issues like: brainstorming options for a specific career decision, help you clarify goals, hold you accountable for executing tasks to achieve your goals, and even bring more awareness about your thought patterns and behavior, and how well these habits serve you.


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Lisa Skeete Tatum Co-Founder & CEO of  Lisa was a General Partner at Cardinal Partners, a $350M+ venture capital firm, where she focused on investments in healthcare technology. She also held leadership positions at Procter & Gamble and currently serves on several private, non-profit, and public company boards including Surgical Care Affiliates (NASDAQ:SCAI), Pager, Cornell University Board of Trustees, and the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


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Five Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Promoted

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Do you ever feel like you are not getting the recognition you deserve and the promotion you feel should be yours? Read through the reasons that you may be getting overlooked and not getting promoted. If you identify with one of them, don’t worry, you can fix it!  


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No one knows what you are working on

Are you one of those employees that takes on a lot of tasks but doesn’t like to make a big deal about it? This is hurting you. You need to let the right people know what you are working on and the amount of tasks you are responsible for. Even if you think your boss knows, you need to make sure it’s on their radar.  And your boss isn't the only one who should know.  Unfortunately there are managers out there that don’t give team members the credit they deserve. Network with senior managers in your department and others at your company.


You rely on other people to advocate for you

As I mentioned in the last section, other people don’t always have your best interests at heart. You need to advocate for yourself! Did you recently work on a big project that saved the company money? Ask to present  it in the next department meeting. So many people think that if they just come in and do a great job, it will be recognized and they will get a deserved promotion. The world doesn’t work that way. Even though it may be appreciated, people at your company aren’t going to bring up promotion in most cases.


You keep your career goals to yourself

You know how you have those objective setting meetings with your manager at the beginning of every year? In that meeting you told your manager your goal was to get promoted this year right? Well let’s hope so! How are they to know what you want if you don’t tell them? Don’t worry, just tell them in your next one-on-one meeting. If you don’t have meetings  with your manger now, please set them up. You should have their attention for at least thirty minutes once a month.


You do the bare minimum

I see this so often where people think they should be promoted because they do their job well. From your employer’s perspective, you doing your job well is exactly what they hired you for. If you want to be promoted, find ways to go above and beyond your peers. Are their projects you can work on? Processes you can improve? Ask your manager how you can help them and how you can take on more responsibility. Showing that initiative and delivering will help you get the level of attention you need to make it to the next level on the career ladder.


You don’t get along with people

To be promoted, you need to work well with others. If you are constantly disagreeing or shooting down other people’s ideas, you probably aren’t very popular on your team. Make an effort to listen to what people are saying and offer your feedback in a professional way. Pay attention to how you deliver the message and make sure it doesn’t sound condescending. Also, make sure to give people a win from time to time. Maybe you don’t agree exactly with something they said but if it is 90% there, let it go!

Getting promoted requires a plan AND action

Getting promoted is what most ambitious employees want.  The way to make it happen is to have a plan that includes these steps and then put that plan into action.

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Four Steps From Hated Job to Career Opportunity

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We’ve all been there.  The job offer wasn’t all that great but there were bills to pay.  So, you took it and now dread heading to work almost every day.  Of course, you can keep looking for a better opportunity, but why not maximize the time spent in your paycheck prison?  Here are  some tips on changing the drudgery to a purposeful payoff.

Your Dream Career

As the saying goes, you can’t move toward your destination if you don’t know what it is.  Take some quiet time to really gather your thoughts about what your ideal career destination is.  Once you have it clearly in mind, imagine what that future you is like.   What are some of the talents you’ll possess?  Who will that future you be?   Jot down what vividly stands out.

dreams and wishes can create pathways to opportunity

Back to Reality

Yes, now back to reality, one step at a time.  Those attributes you noted?  How did you develop them? Education?  Practical experience?  Maybe that future you is a great speaker, and gives dynamic presentations to rounds of applause.   While you can’t do that today, you’ve  got the beginnings of the map to get there.  You know where you want to be.   And you know where you are.  Let the journey begin!

Creating Opportunity

Now that you have a destination, even in the worst of conditions you can start your journey.  To be that future admired speaker, start by creatively looking for opportunities to move forward.   For example, perhaps there’s a new employee that needs training.  Volunteer to do it.  Or maybe the training manual needs an update, or doesn’t even exist.  Create it.  In many cases, these will be unpaid exercises, but just remember that you’re doing these as much for you as you are for the place you can’t wait to get out of.

volunteer to train and find opportunity

Be Ready to Stretch

Keep your eyes and ears open for what might be called “super opportunities.”  These are things that need to be done,  no one is assigned, and may be well beyond your normal comfort zone.   Half of finishing a marathon is making the commitment to start.  So, take a deep breath, and step up, knowing it’s just another step towards that future you that’s waiting to greet you when you arrive.

Keep a Record

It’s normal for all of us to forget all the things we’ve done that make us proud and give us confidence.  So, keep track of your accomplishments, especially the ones that you initiated.  It’s part of YOUR story.  Then,  at that job interview for the position you’re dying to land, you’ll be able to talk about what sets you apart from the rest.  In fact, your accomplishments will speak for themselves.

Start looking at that 9 to 5 drag you’re in as just a place to begin the work of creating the you that you want to become.  By  taking the initiative and creating the opportunity, you're opening the path to the future you want, and every step outside your comfort zone is a step towards your goal.


Cover Photo by Yasser Alghofily  Dreams and Wishes by Nicole Pierce Training pic by DG EMPL

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