The economy has created a new environment for all workers, regardless of position, age or job function. Today, you have to be accountable for yourself, not rely on others and stay relevant to the ever changing marketplace. If you don’t, you won’t be employable because it’s easier today, than ever before, to replace you with someone else who is willing to go the extra mile.
The workplace simply doesn’t tolerate slackers anymore and rewards those who are willing to pour their heart into work, while supporting their team.
With a new economy, comes new rules.
One rule is that your behavior online can impact how you are perceived at the office so be smart about what you post.
Another rule is that the skills you have now might not be as valuable in the future so seek the path of continuous learning.
A third rule is that your managers career comes first, and although that might shock you at first, think about how much power they have over your work experience. They are the ultimate gatekeeper to your advancement.
If you want to get ahead at work, here is some of my best advice that you should follow.
How to Promote Yourself at Work
1. Become a team player
Instead of taking all the credit, share it.
The more successful your team becomes, the more visibility you will get and the stronger your network. If you are overly selfish about your career and aren’t willing to support your team, they won’t want to work with you and you will eventually get shuffled out of your job.
To be a team player, you need to figure out how to best leverage your strengths in order to help them, while realizing what theirs are so you can tap into them. Then, you need to work on projects together where you can all have equal input and respect each other.
2. Develop your soft skills
You should focus on your soft skills over your hard skills if you want to grow in your career.
Hiring managers are always complaining that employees aren’t good communicators and don’t know how to handle certain situations. I did a new study, in partnership with American Express, and we found that 61% of managers believe that soft skills are most important when deciding whom to promote.
The best way to develop these