Creating the Career You Want – Tip #31

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #31

Who do you turn to for advice and support? Who around you provides encouragement and counsel when you need it most? If no one comes to mind, consider whether it’s because you haven’t put the effort into developing these relationships or whether you’ve succumbed to a...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #30

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #30

Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. But what happens when you have put time and effort into building technical skills, developing a personal brand, and growing networks, and you still don’t see the opportunities you need to propel your career forward? You...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #29

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #29

Staying within your “comfort zone” may strike you as a safe choice. After all, why would you voluntarily move into a zone which by definition is uncomfortable and may even be risky and dangerous? The answer is that the area outside your comfort zone is your “Growth...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #28

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #28

When was the last time you did a skills inventory and assessed your skills relative to what you do today, and what you want to do in the future? The skills required by the job you’re in today may shift over time as a result of technology or changes in your...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #27

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #27

External career challenges can come from many places and are usually easy to spot, but internal career challenges – the little voices inside you telling you that you can’t do something – are much harder to identify. They often masquerade as facts when they...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #26

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #26

You know the drill. Build your network. Develop mentors. Attract sponsors. Hearing about the importance of relationships for the first time often leads to a spurt of activity – target lists are made, breakfasts and lunches are scheduled, notes to follow up with...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #25

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #25

Life gets busy. We can easily get mired in getting the work done – executing projects, attending meetings, and responding to deadlines, not to mention the daily challenge of clearing our inboxes and responding to urgent requests. If you’re singularly focused on...
Tip #24 – Take a Break!

Tip #24 – Take a Break!

In my distant memory, I seem to recall a time when you could count on work slowing down in the summer. Alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. And if we can’t count on work giving us a break, then we need to give ourselves a break. We need to give ourselves...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #23

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #23

What are your cultural values, and how do they impact your behavior in the workplace? Your cultural values are made up of the norms and expectations you grew up with, and are rooted in your family and community. If you were raised to be humble, you may abhor bragging...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #22

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #22

When you go to a conference or big event, do you talk only to your friends or do you reach out to people you don’t know? Do you use the scheduled breaks as time to escape, or do you see them as opportunities to make connections? Conferences and large events are prime...