Do you feel yourself stuck in a rut at work? A little unmotivated and want to be involved with something new? There are some days that make me want to reevaluate my entire life but today I’ll start with my career. Every once in a while we all need a jolt to revitalize ourselves. Why not make 2018 the year to do that in the workplace? Here are 5 things you can focus on to help you on your journey:
1. Build Your Network! Join a professional community with a work bestie or friend. Check out a local auxiliary board or young professionals group that will give you the opportunity to meet likeminded individuals. This will allow you to interact with people in your same or different industry while being involved in a good cause. You never know, it could lead you to new opportunities down the road. It’s usually about who you know ;)
2. Invest In Yourself. Look at the skills listed for the job you aspire to have and identify what new skills you need to learn in order to do well in that role. Talk to the person in a similar position and learn from them. Enroll in a leadership program or training. Reading books or listening to podcasts (my career favs are How I Built This with Guy Raz and Confessions of a WERKaholic) are also cost effective ways to learn from others’ and apply these lessons to your daily work.
Side note: My goal this year is to read a book each month this year that will help me in my professional and personal journey. I just started reading Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Corner Office by Lois Frankel and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is next.
3. Give Your LinkedIn Page or Resume a Makeover. Does your LinkedIn account still have that selfie photo of you as your profile pic? Time for a professional headshot to upload! Take the time to write a kick-ass summary of your experience (search online for stellar examples for inspiration) or ask a co-worker to write a recommendation. Make sure to add any recent accomplishments or results. Don’t forget to add the same info in your resume. Think about trying a new, concise format or template.
4. Get a Mentor! Don’t Be Afraid to Ask (this could be a blog post all on it’s own :)) I have to be honest, the people I consider my mentors, I haven’t directly asked for them to carry that title but they are a part of my personal board of directors (read my post about this here). The easier way to getting a mentor is to ask a former boss or someone you’ve had at least had an interaction with at one point. There are also programs that will match you with a mentor. This is wear your network can come in handy to help you find a great mentor.
5. Find Ways to Add Value. If you want to remain with your current employer, pay close attention to what your CEO or leadership staff identifies as important goals and think of a what you can do in your current position to help move those goals forward. Another option is requesting to be a part of a project or take on a task where you can exercise your strengths. It’s the best way to showcase what you do well. People who show their value and work well with others are people that companies will put forth the effort to keep. Whether that’s in the form of a promotion, creating a new position (I’ve seen it happen!) or, at the very least, allow you to work from home.
Let me know your thoughts or other strategies that have worked for you!