Career Advancement Tips - Advancing in Your Career can Increase Your Income
Everyone loves to get a pay raise or to advance in their career, but some people always seem to advance more than others. There are two different categories you need to look at in order to obtain a career advancement which will have you earning a higher income. The first category deals with your own characteristics and behaviors. The second category deals more with how you interact with the environment around you. People who can enhance their relationships with others are laying a solid foundation for career advancement opportunities. I am going to briefly describe parts of each category.
Characteristics and Behaviors
- Proactive Personality - This pertains to a person who is relatively unconstrained by situational forces, and who brings about change. If you are an active person in taking control of the situation around you, you will stand a better chance of capitalizing on opportunities. It may not be easy to develop a proactive opportunity, but you can get started by taking more initiative to fix problems, and attempt to be more self-starting. Proactive personality is similar to having a higher sense of control in any situation.
- Professional Image- Your clothing, speech, posture, general knowledge, and work area should always project the image of a responsible, professional person. By using good grammar and sentence structure you can gain an edge over others, because many people use informal patterns of speech. You need to determine what constitutes a professional image in your environment. In other words, dressing for the job. Projecting a professional image will help develop trust and rapport in business relationships more quickly.
- Passion- It is the people who are passionate about their work who are the most successful. Being passionate is important because it is linked to developing expertise and high job performance. The best path to career success is to identify your area of expertise and then build your career around it.
- Professional Ethics- A solid foundation for developing a career is to establish a personal ethical code. This code determines what behavior is right or wrong, good or bad, based on values. The values stem from your upbringing, religious background, peer influences, and professional standards. By having professional ethics it will help you deal with issues such as; accepting bribes, backstabbing, coworkers, and sexual harassment issues.
- Self-Development - It is very important to engage in continuous learning, such as; formal schooling, attending trainings and seminars, and self study. It is very important to also engage in learning about areas of interest to the company.
- Documentation- By keeping an accurate record of what you have accomplished in your career can be very valuable. It can make the difference when you are being considered for reassignment, promotions, or applying for a position outside your current company. When you document all your accomplishments you have a way to show your history in what you have done, and also what you can do.
- Provider - A useful perspective for upgrading your professional self-image is to view yourself as something other than a traditional employee. This will also enhance your feeling of job security. Because you are offering the company a valuable service you should view yourself as a personal service business entity. You keep offering the service as long as the company keeps you on the payroll. You own your skills, and you are offering a service that people need.
- Networking- Networking has been described as a major assistant to finding a job. Members of your network can also help you with difficult job problems, providing emotional support, buying your products or services, and in offering you a discount on the price of their products or services. A great way to start networking is to obtain an ample supply of business cards. You then need to start handing your cards out to any person you meet who may be able to help you now or in the future. You should first start out small, then as your network grows strive to include a larger number of successful and influential people.
- Develop Depth - An ongoing concern is whether to obtain substantial depth in a specialty or to obtain a broader range of experience. The best way to go is to have good depth in one area of expertise, but also acquire a broad experience at the same time. You can broaden your experience by being assigned to different projects, team, and committees, or you can approach it by self-studying different aspects of the company.
- Person-Organization Fit - This is the compatibility of the individual and the organization. You can apply this if you have the choice in selecting amongst different prospective employers. You want to work for a company in which your personality and style fit the organization culture. Job interviews offer a good opportunity to evaluate the person-organization fit for both the applicant and the employer.
- Risks - The people who take sensible risks on their journey to success tend to make it big in their career.
When you are speaking to others whether it be one person, a small group, or a large audience you want to communicate with them, and not just speak at them. What I mean by this is; you can speak to a listener, but if the listener does not understand your message the way that you meant it to be understood, you will have then failed to communicate it. I will provide a basic overview on the preparation and delivery of giving a well planned speech.
- Gain as much information as you can about the audience you will be speaking to. The goal of public speaking is to gain a response from your listeners, by determining what type of people will be making up your audience, you will be able to reach your listeners more easily.
- Choose a topic that is interesting to you, and one that you know a lot about, either from experience or research. Your topic should also be interesting to the listeners.
- You should select a general purpose, a specific purpose, and a central idea for your topic.
- Make sure you gather enough information on your topic. You can obtain information from books, the Internet, talking to knowledgeable people, or from your own experiences. Also use visual aides, this can help the listeners understand and remember key points.
- Organize your speech in to a few main points that explain or prove the central idea. Next you should develop each main point with supporting materials such as; examples, statistics, charts, etc.
- Use transitional words or phrases to carry your listeners smoothly from one part of your speech to another.
- You want an introduction that will grab the listeners attention, and make them want to listen to the rest of your speech.
- You want your conclusion to summarize your key points, and then close with a clincher to help drive home the central idea of the speech.
- Use an outline to put together all the parts of the speech. Remember that the outline servers to explain, illustrate, or prove the central idea.
- Prepare brief speaking notes based on your outline, these notes are the only thing you should rely on to give your speech.
- Rehearse you speech several times, but do not memorize it!!!
- Be self-confident, develop a positive attitude about yourself, your speech, and your audience.
- Use eye contact with your audience, look at all parts of the audience throughout your entire speech, only glance at your notes occasionally.
- Be sure to speak at a rate that will allow your audience to absorb what you are saying.
- You should expressive your voice the same way you would when talking to a friend.
- Speak clearly and pronounce your words correctly, also speak loud enough that all listeners can clearly hear you.
- Use gestures to accompany your words naturally and gracefully, you do not want your gestures to distract your listeners from your message.
- Stand up straight, do not lean on something or slouch in a chair.
- Use your notes to pick up on the next main point, you want to glance at the notes occasionally, you do not want to read them, or stare at them.
- You should show enthusiasm through your voice, posture, eyes, expressions, etc. You should also seem genuinely interested in communicating your ideas.
- Say your conclusion, pause a few moments, and ask for questions.
It is a good idea to ask for feedback from others on speeches you had given. It will help you to identify problem areas, and will help you to improve your public speaking skills. Feedback from your listeners is most important because they were on the receiving end of your communication!
By becoming a better public speaker you will be better able to communicate with everyone you meet. This will give you a greater chance to advance in your career.
When you look at your characteristics and behaviors along with your environment, you will be better prepared for handling career advancement opportunities. The difference in the income you are making now, and the income you can be making in the future, depends on how well you understand yourself and your surroundings. By using these tools you can raise your self-confidence making obtaining your career goals much easier to tackle.