2 Tips to live and work by.

Do Your Job Well

This goes without saying, but what some people may not realize is that it’s important to not only meet expectations but exceed them. Understand your role and responsibilities and do more than what is expected.  Not all roles, entry-level or not, are thrilling every day and most people are anxious to get that promotion, but first you need to master the basics and demonstrate your willingness to work hard and show results in your current role.

Develop a Specialty

Know your strengths and weaknesses, and identify a need in your business or industry that can leverage those strengths. If you’re not sure what your strengths are, use an assessment tool to discover them. This specialty should become a part of your brand. It will help you identify opportunities down the road as well as make you stand out to be identified for opportunities.

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Are you good at public speaking?

Work on your public speaking and presentation skills

If you solve an IT problem and no one notices, have you really solved it?

Public speaking is one of the most important skill that any employee can develop if he or she wants career advancement.

The person who gets noticed at a meeting or a conference is always one that has presented well. Other presenters may have known their subject inside and out or presented interesting ideas. But if they cannot present that message well, they won’t be noticed, and their message will suffer, too.

Presentation is the No. 1 skill to get you ahead. It’s not enough to know something well and do something well. You have to present it well, too. If you can present to your coworkers or to clients, you will stand out from the crowd and do well in your career.

Take ownership of your career…

If you want to succeed in your career, you have to take ownership of both your triumphs and your failures.

Celebrate your triumphs, analyze them, and learn how you can emulate them and build on them in the future.

You need to take ownership of your failures as well, accepting responsibility for them without letting them drag you down and learning everything that you can from the mistakes you make.

Many times, failure is a much more effective teacher than success, and most if not all of the world’s most successful people would not be where they are today if they did not accept their mistakes and learn from them.

Is your LinkedIn Profile mobile friendly…

MAKE SURE YOUR PROFILE IS MOBILE-FRIENDLY (CHECK YOUR PROFILE ON YOUR PHONE)

About 40 percent of LinkedIn users are using the mobile app. While LinkedIn itself is mobile-friendly, you will want to ensure that your profile is, too.
Like we mentioned earlier, your mobile device will preview up to 42 characters of your headline. Additionally, it will only preview up to 140 characters of your “About” section—the exact length of a classic tweet.  Make sure they count.
Frontload your headline and your summary with the most important keywords and details about you. Additionally, it will share your latest three pieces of activity—whether you shared, commented on, or liked an article. Under “Recommendations,” the LinkedIn app will only show your most recent recommendation. Make sure it’s a good one!
The best way to make sure your LinkedIn profile is impressive on mobile is by taking a look at yourself. Curate where you can. Make sure your “About” section isn’t getting cut off before you share crucial information.Is you

Leverage LinkedIn

LET RECRUITERS KNOW YOU’RE ACTIVELY SEARCHING (CAREER INTERESTS)

Recruiter and hiring managers aren’t clairvoyant, but they are very active on LinkedIn. If you’re looking for new opportunities, let recruiters know.
Under Career Interests, switch the toggle over to let recruiters know you’re open to new paths. You can also be more specific and let recruiters know what you’re looking for from there four options:
  • Actively applying
  • Casually looking
  • Not looking, but open to offers
  • Not open to offers
You can also set the locations, how close to your current home you’d like your opportunities, whether you’re open to working remotely, and how much work you’re looking for (ie. full-time, contract, part-time, internship, volunteer, or temporary.)

Want to improve your relationship with the Boss?

Don’t expect your boss to be your best friend – even the warmest of managers will sack you if they need to. But they should trust you to get on with the job, support you when needed and deal fairly and honestly with any problems.

Here’s how to improve the relationship with your boss:

1. Instead of only telling your manager about problems, make sure you tell them all the things you’ve done well. It helps build their trust in you.

2. Observe their communication style. What works for them? It may feel like they want to micro-manage you – but perhaps they are simply reassured by detail, and will leave you alone if you give them a clear explanation of your plan.

3. If you have a toxic relationship, find someone to talk to who can give you an objective view, like a career coach or HR. Remember things can be fixed.

Are you leveraging Social Media?

Do you have a Linkedin or Twitter? Especially if you’re interested in tech, you’ll want both to keep up with tech news and professionals in the space. Make sure you have a nice headshot and don’t be afraid to share to the world what you’re working on.

Think your resume is complete?

Get your resume edited, ASAP.

Consider paying a professional or getting someone in your future field to make some recommendations on your resume. Chances are there are ways they can help you sell yourself better. You only have a few seconds to impress a recruiter so you want to make sure your resume stands out.

Are you asking enough questions?

Always ask questions.

Don’t know how to get from point A to point B? Ask! Need to know how to edit your cover letter for your dream job? Ask! There are lots of people who want to see you win. Reach out to HR at the company if you’re curious about the specific trajectory of a role. Get your colleague who’s in the role you want to give you feedback about your application. You can also check out Glassdoor, Reddit, or Quora and someone will be able to guide you to an answer.

Share your wisdom

Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. But it transforms into something truly powerful when it is shared.

Why? Because all the wisdom in the world is meaningless without application.

Yet many leaders eschew this and choose instead to hoard their insights, fearful of giving them away. They don’t understand a simple truth: sharing your wisdom doesn’t diminish your impact; it amplifies it. And today, the best way to magnify your message is to harness the power and reach of social media.

Write a blog, create an article on LinkedIn or Facebook, but do share your wisdom and insights so that you can establish yourself has a subject matter expert.