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Some tips about career advancement


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The way that technology has transformed the workplace does not only place a premium on the technical skills of employees, but it also puts to test their individual interpersonal skills. In contrast to what many expect, these interpersonal skills are more highlighted and showcased as the technology used in a company becomes more advanced.

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Some tips about career advancement

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Corporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 1
  2. 2. The way that technology has transformed the workplace does not only place a premium on the technical skills of employees, but it also puts to test their individual interpersonal skills. In contrast to what many expect, these interpersonal skills are more highlighted and showcased as the technology used in a company becomes more advanced. The same is true for the opposite – those people who lack the important interpersonal skills become more subject to the criticism of a bigger audience simply because the modern technological tools being used in businesses these days actually lead to more frequent exchange of information. This just goes to show that both these skills are essential considerations for an individual who desires career advancement. In the past, the requirements set by employers when hiring personnel are mainly based on the educational background and experience of jobapplicants. These days, however, there have been so many changes in the way a job seeker is assessed for qualification. As mentioned earlier, technology is now an important aspect of the success of many workplaces. Thus, it is becoming more and more important for an employee toacquire certain technical skills that would be applied to the job being desired. However, no matter how big a consideration is given to the technical skills of an individual, the interpersonal skills he or she has remain something that cannot be taken for granted. As a matter of fact, one research revealed more people lose their jobs for the reason that they find it hard to get along with others, and not just because they are not technical savvy. If you are just about to start submitting job applications, please know that companies are still Cosmic Coaching Centre very likely to select new hires based on how they use their writing to show who they are and what they do. It is vital also that a job seeker properly presents himself personally. Aside from these, employers also judge job applicants based on how they analyze various style of working, how they deal with ambiguity and difficult questions and how they approach different work scenarios. In today’s workplace, everything is all about great and effective communication. Furthermore, administrative personnel typically serve as the means of communications within the organization. And most of these administrative professionals prefer those who have strong communication skills rather than those who only have great technical skills. The bottom line here is that if you are looking for career advancement, you will have to try harder not just to improve your technical abilities, but also to enhance your personal traits and interpersonal skills. Do you occasionally get that feeling of being “stuck” in a place where you just don’t seem to know what is getting in your way? This is actually what many mid-level professionals are experiencing in their careers and workplace. If the same thing is happening to you, then you should learn about these techniques and actions that can get the gears of your career moving when they seem hopelessly stuck in neutral: 1. Look within yourself. With total honesty, analyze whether your own life-goals are still a good match with the values and objectives of your organization or company. There is no Page 2
  3. 3. point in working for someone whose goals and values are conflicting with yours. 2. Analyze Your Goals and Ideals. If your goals and ideals are going in a very different direction, ask yourself “If I were in another organization, what would I be doing differently? Is it possible to incorporate this vision into my current job?” This way, you will know to yourself that what you are doing right now is still according to your own life goals. If it is, then it would make sense for you to stay right where you are. Otherwise, it may be time for a change. 3. Monitor the Way You Spend Your Time. Over 1-2 weeks, take something with you (notebook or electronic device) to record your major activities. Ask yourself “Ideally, how would I structure my time to accomplish my responsibilities, and stay in touch with my “vision” for how I contribute to this organization?” 4. Avoid Getting Overwhelmed. The next time you are stressed out by how much you need to do, make a list of all the things you need to accomplish. You should then take 15 minutes to do the simplest things on your list that do not require much time to complete. Take the next 35 minutes to focus on tougher tasks without interruption. Remember to take 10minute breaks before you start the process again. 5. Create a visual one-page performance plan. To successfully run your team, it is important that you make it clear to yourself and your subordinates the purpose and goals of your department and of the organization or company. This will ensure that you are all on the same page. Spend time with key executives. Set a regular time every other week to meet with your own managing executive to review your team’s progress and ask questions about future directions. 6. Touch base frequently with your team. Take a few minutes to ask “How are you doing?; how are things going?.” Hear them out and not just listen to what they say. Cosmic Coaching Centre 7. Conduct effective meetings or problemsolving sessions. Have an agenda. State a time frame for the meeting and stick to it. Ask that participants come prepared to discuss the topics on the agenda and keep your team focused to effectively use your time. 8. Become a “lifelong learner”. Personal and Professional Development is a choice. You may feel that you have no time to participate in further development – but there are many ways you can be better in what you do in less time. You should take advantage of certain materials, such as books, audio programs, seminars, a class or a professional association meeting. They can save you months of hard work as you learn new and faster ways of achieving your goals. 9. Cultivate a Total Plan that Moves You from “Stuck” to “Thriving”. An effective way to acquire a totally new perspective is to use a few personal hours to visit an area where you can do some volunteer work that is totally different from your usual activities. What you may discover can enliven your personal and professional life in unpredictable ways. Career pathways is a valuable program that is designed to help students get ready for a certain career that they are interested in. Through the use of brochures, planners, and presentations, children are made to choose a specific career from different career fields or clusters. They also go through different levels to help them determine which career path they should pursue. As a working individual, there are benefits that you may also gain from using a career pathway. As a matter of fact, you need to have or design your own pathway if you want to promote your own career growth by making yourself qualified for several jobs Page 3
  4. 4. within your pathway. Don’t get too overwhelmed by this because through adequate planning, a lot of initiative and some luck, you will surely be able to control your career and the direction it may be heading to. where your potential can take you. As you decide later on whether to stay or leave, you will realize how important career pathways can really be for any employee like you. Here is what you should do: 1. Compare your own accomplishments, skills and education with those people with jobs similar to yours. Take down all your educational credentials, work achievements, and set of job skills. Through this information, your may create a baseline for tracking your career development. 2. Rate your skills, credentials and achievements by again comparing yourself to others in the same field. If it is clear to you that your performance is way better than those around you, this could mean you are ready to apply for higher positions. 3. Once you have figured out what job you will pursue, widen your options by identifying other available positions based on your qualifications. This will give you a better chance to see what other opportunities are out there that you may consider or try out. 4. Never stop exploring and discovering other jobs that can be linked to your accomplishments, skills and background. You should always look at these jobs as a possible stepping stone for your own career. 5. As you take note of all the other positions in your career pathway, you should also note down the additional education and experience that you will have to acquire in order to be qualified for the position. As you identify all the necessary developments or improvements that you have to make, you will also have made a sort of checklist of all the additional skills or competencies you have acquired. 6. If you think your career will only end in the company you are currently employed in, then there is no reason for you to stick with it. You may start seeking jobs with various employers so that you may have an idea of Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 4