Last week, I gave you 5 tips to taking your career to the next level. But to REALLY kick things up a notch, I’m bringing you 7 more tips so that your career can have an even more epic boost.
As I mentioned last week, these tips come from The Muse, which is a FABULOUS career website that offers everything from job hunting (and how to stand out) to long-term career advice, including webinars, checklists and more. There is even a Job Bank that has a variety of interesting jobs posted that aren’t your “mainstream” type of work. (And FYI – I am not being paid to endorse them or given any kind of compensation – I just really think they are that great and I wanted to share the greatness with ya’ll!)
These tips below are pulled from their all-time favorite ideas and my comments (because, obviously, I couldn’t do this without including some of my own color commentary) are in green beside it.
Consider how you can become the go-to for something at work. While being a jack-of-all trades is definitely needed, the people who perform best always have an area that they truly excel in—one that’s in demand and that nobody else seems to have. // Mmmmmm . . . yes and no on this one. While I think you SHOULD be the go to for something at work, I don’t think there is anything wrong with being the go to for several somethings. I currently work for a non-profit professional organization for interior designers. I came from a background of knowing NOTHING, about either the organization or interior design. And while I will never know as much about design as the actual designers do, I did school myself on a variety of other areas – including the requirements needed for their professional exam, the different types of design and where our membership practices, how to most efficiently handle the finances, etc. By working to master these areas, it allows for the President and Board to know that I have things under control and that they can rely on me in these areas. So while I can’t master EVERYTHING about the organization, by taking on many important areas, I have made myself indispensable (if I do say so myself)
Start a career group (sort of like a book club, but infinitely better for your professional life). // This could potentially be really great, but the issue is with getting one started. A friend of mine and I have been talking about starting a Lean In group, but it has yet to really grow legs. If you can actually commit to doing this though, it will benefit you greatly, since you can discuss work issues and solutions without fear that it will get back to your boss or any inter-office drama will arise.
Start keeping a running tally of your achievements—think sales numbers, project results, and awesome client feedback. The next time you have a review or big meeting with your boss, you’ll be glad you did. // I have been doing this since the beginning of last year, along with keeping a running tally of how much I have saved the organization (since we are a non-profit and money is very tight). This is great information to know for two reasons: (1) when your performance review comes up, you can offer real, tangible instances where you hit it out of the park (thus hopefully, leading to a promotion and/or raise) and (2) if/when you ever do leave your current position, you have a ready made set of achievements to include on your resume under your current position.
Get a daily dose of career inspiration in your Twitter feed by following these experts. // Just added them to my follow list – so here’s hoping this one is true to its word!
If there’s an area you don’t know much about—like finance, human resources, or supply chain management—introduce yourself to people in that department and ask if you can shadow them for an afternoon to learn a little about what they do on a daily basis. You’ll impress your boss by proving that you’re interested in more than your own responsibilities—but you’ll also understand how other departments work together to contribute to the company’s overall success. // Or, if you’re like me, and you ARE the finance, HR and supply chain management positions, then make sure you are keeping up on any news/information that could be beneficial to your wealth of knowledge. Read leadership, finance or team management books, blogs, etc. to make sure you are staying on top of all the best tips and information.
Become insanely more productive by signing up for our Hack Your Work Life class at Muse University. // I can’t attest to how effective this class is – but I am signing up today to try it out! We shall see if it makes me more productive.
The more you know about the world, the more you’ll be able to engage in the issues that impact your company and industry. Get up to speed by setting your homepage to a world news site like BBC, having the world news in the background as you get ready for work, or signing up for theSkimm’s daily newsletter. // My homepage when I log in to Chrome is already the BBC news, but I also subscribe to theSkimm’s newsletter AND listen to Good Morning America in the morning. While I know the news can sometimes (often) get depressing, it’s important to be well informed and know what is going on in the world. Additionally, subscribing to periodicals in your career field and following blogs, twitter handles and other social media avenues from influential people in your field will ensure you stay abreast of all the exciting changes are also occurring in your line of work. You can store these tidbits of information to throw out at work events and impress potential connections or new employers.
If you want all of these tips in a nice, easy to read check list, you can print one:
Have any other career tips you think I missed? Be sure to share them in the comments below!