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Tips & Tactics for Career Success
Tips & Tactics for Career Success Presented by Amber Travis-Ballinas, MBA Career Coach & Image Consultant Career Creators—The Career Design Specialists http: //Career. Design. Specialists. wordpress. com email: Career. [email protected]. com
What is Career Success? The Definition of Career Success from Webster’ Dictionary = – The attainment of a desired professional aim or purpose – The achievement of prosperity or distinction amongst professional colleagues • Traits of Career Success: – Excellent compensation – Professional pride in work and accomplishments – Being highly respected by colleagues – Popularity and recognition – Achievement / career advancement & growth – Self-satisfaction / gratification of work – Work / Life Balance
The Formula for Career Success on the “Fast Track” = Professionalism 24 / 7 / 365 Mastering the Game of Politics Personal Brand Differentiation
What is “Professionalism – 24 / 7 / 365” ? The Definition of Professionalism from Webster’s Dictionary = – A person engaging in a specified activity involving specialized skills, prolonged training, formal qualifications and possessing an elevated level of competence in such activities. – Behaving “appropriately” during the performance of specified professional work place activities. – Striving to be the best employee possible and achieving the goals of the organization.
Creating a Professional Image & Demeanor • • Behave appropriately and professionally 24 hours a day, seven days per week, all year long regardless of circumstances. Communicate effectively – Avoid miscommunication – Speak and write properly and eloquently – Master public speaking • Dress appropriately at all times – Dress similarly to a person in the organization who holds a position that you aspire to attain – Always dress well enough to have a meeting with your boss or a client – Always err on the conservative side when choosing professional attire • Be respectful of others ALWAYS – Treat others with courtesy, dignity, & respect; no matter what the circumstances! – Be sensitive of a diverse work culture – Be respectful of other people’s precious time • Realize that you are not entitled to respect—you must earn it. – Be willing to do what is needed – you are not too good to perform any task • Have integrity--be ethical, dependable, & reliable ALWAYS! – If an employee lacks integrity…all other qualities, skills, and abilities are meaningless • Maintain emotional self-control – Be unflappable while in the work place —no matter how much pressure you are under • Maintain a positive attitude at all times!
What is Personal Branding? What is Brand Differentiation? What are the Benefits of creating “Brand You” ? • Brand = name, term, or symbol that identifies one firm’s products and sets them apart from the competition’s products. – You understand the utility that your features and benefits bring to the organization • Branding = Highlighting the unique identity that sets a product / service apart from the competition and creating a coherent message that communicates that unique identity to the customer. – You are able to adapt to constant changes in the work environment – You have a strong identity that you can communicate to advance your career – You are able to maintain life-long employability
How to Create “Brand You” • Be in a constant state of learning – Constantly upgrade and improve your skill set and areas of expertise and knowledge – Understand that you will make mistakes—learn from them and move on – Take advantage of any organizational training and development or tuition reimbursement programs offered to increase skills and knowledge • Take initiative – Ask for additional responsibility, tasks, and functions – Make yourself indispensable to the organization – Take responsibility for your own career development • Develop a sufficient level of self-confidence – Confidence is a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy – “Fake it until you make it” – “Act brave—be brave” • Master the art of self-promotion – Learn to promote your own successes and to ‘toot your own horn’ without bragging or sounding conceited. – Prepare and practice your ‘elevator speech” or ‘value proposition summary statement’ – Keep an ongoing log of accomplishments & success stories for your performance appraisal
What is ‘Political Behavior’? The definition of Political Behavior from Webster’s Dictionary = – actions (not officially sanctioned by an organization) taken by employees, managers, or stakeholders for the purpose of influencing others in order to meet their own personal and / or organizational needs and goals – The struggle for personal power within an organization – The use of personal power and influence in organizational settings to gain control of others – “War without bloodshed” --Mao Tse-tung
How to Successfully Manage Workplace Politics: • Develop appropriate work place relationships – Respect the work place dynamic and do not have personal relationships with supervisors or coworkers. – Utilize the power of relationship building to manage political behavior – Understand how your job is related to and affects the entire organization • Build credibility with your colleagues and supervisors – – Be honest Be helpful Provide support Realize that it is more important to be respected than personally popular • Seek an experienced mentor – Find mentors of all types – It is a two-way relationship – Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help if you need it • Support your boss – Try to anticipate their needs in advance – Try to make their life easier--not harder – Try to make your boss look good to their boss
FORMULA FOR CAREER SUCCESS on the FAST TRACK = PROFESSIONALISM 24 / 7/ 365 STAR EMPLOYEE MASTER OF POLITICS “BRAND YOU” DIFFERENTIATION
Checklist for Career Success • • • Be in a constant mode of learning. Learn from your mistakes and failures, too. Become a ‘subject matter expert’ in one area of your field. Continue investing in improving yourself, your skills, and your experience. Watch and observe the company culture, how things are done, and how employees interact. Behave appropriately per the culture. Understand who is important in the organization; who has power; and who your need to impress to move ahead. Control your emotions. Maintain your composure. Focus on doing the job, not on watching the clock. Keep your work space neat and organized. Keep a personal contact list of important players, clients, & colleagues’ phone numbers and email addresses. Do not conduct personal business on work time. Maintain a boundary between your work life and personal life. Keep your work and personal / family life balanced. Work hard, have fun, and be kind.
Common Career Mistakes to Avoid • • • Do not hold on to a sense of entitlement. Do not be egotistical, self-righteous, arrogant, or conceited. Do not become romantically involved with coworkers or supervisors. Do not participate in gossip. (You should listen but do not perpetuate gossip or rumors. ) Do not use your employer’s equipment or time to take care of your personal business or chores. Do not be chronically late or absent. Do not blame others for your mistakes. Do not be negative. Do not put down coworkers to make yourself look good. Do not share your personal problems with coworkers or supervisors. Do not ‘tweet’ about or post gossip, data, or information about your organization on social networking sites.
Creating and Delivering an ‘Elevator Speech’ What is an Elevator Speech? • A value proposition • A summary statement that describes how your unique set of knowledge, skills, and abilities benefits a potential employer or client. It should include a combination of three of the following elements: • – You should develop, write, and rehearse, the introduction so that it sounds natural. – The speech should be concise and last about 30 seconds to one minute. Do not tell your life story. Stay relevant and keep it appropriate for the venue, situation, and audience. • Use your ‘elevator speech’ to introduce yourself and to build a solid foundation for networking with potential employers and clients. • • • Explain who you are and describe three relevant differentiating features or strengths that you possess. • State your Full Name • Education and Training • Specialization or Expertise • Work, Internship, & Volunteer Experience • Personality Traits & Characteristics • Years working in the Industry • Other Relevant Background Information State the name of the company that your work for or the name of the school or university you attended and your major course of study or area of specialization. Describe briefly the product(s) or service(s) that your company sells or what you offer in terms of benefits to an employer or client. Explain the specific type of referral for which you are looking. Ask for it. – Politely request what you want / need. – Ask permission for the opportunity to follow-up with the contact at a later time.
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Thank You! I appreciate your participation. The webinar recording of the full presentation is available on the UT Mc. Comb’s Career Programming web page: https: //meeting. austin. utexas. edu/p 64675740/ Additional free career-related webinars, advice, and PT slides may be found at: http: //www. mccombs. utexas. edu/Alumni/Career. aspx Feel free to contact me directly with questions or comments. Amber Travis-Ballinas, MBA Career Coach & Image Consultant Career Creators—The Career Design Specialists http: //Career. Design. Specialists. wordpress. com email: Career. [email protected]. com
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