So, what’s “managing up” anyway? Basically, it’s when you “manage” your boss. Sounds weird, right? Actually, it’s one of the best things you can do for your career. Not only does it make your boss’s life easier, but it makes you a stand out employee. According to O’Donnell, the better you get to know your boss (his or her preferences, goals, etc), the better you can craft what you do each and every day at the office in order to create value. Now, here’s the most important question: how do you manage up effectively? “You have to understand and anticipate the needs of your boss,” said O’Donnell. The easiest way to do that is to ask. According to O’Donnell, you need to schedule a meeting with your boss and ask the following questions:
You go into the office every day and work your tail off. You do everything you’re told. You even exceed expectations on a regular basis. So, why haven’t you been promoted at work? Maybe it’s because you haven’t actually ASKED for one. As an employee, you need to think of yourself as a business-of-one. You are a service provider. The company hired you to perform a service. So, when you want to get promoted within that company, you need to explain to the employer why you need a service charge increase. You need to justify the higher expense. The first step is to ask yourself, “What have I done to EARN this promotion?” Think about all of the projects you’ve done, all of the expectations you’ve exceeded, and all of the times you’ve gone above and beyond what was asked of you. “If you want to make more money, you’ve got to prepare them for that fact,” said career expert J.T. O’Donnell. Once you can justify a pay increase, you can sit down with your manager, present all of the ways you’re adding additional value to the company, and ask for a promotion. However, most people aren’t ready to receive a promotion when they want one, according to O’Donnell. In that case, you STILL want to have a conversation with your manager, only the goal will be to ask what you need to do in order to earn a promotion in the future. That way, you can work together to figure out the best way to make this happen. So, if you haven’t been promoted at work, even if you’re working your butt off, you need to be proactive and ask for one. If you’re not ready for one, work with your manager to figure out what you need to do to earn one.
There are going to be times in your career when you NEED to take a job. Whether it’s because you need a paycheck or you just need more experience, you’re going to have to take on roles you’re less than thrilled about taking at some point in your career. But what are the risks and rewards of taking a job you don’t want?
If you’re stuck in an endless, frustrating job search that’s going nowhere, it might not be your fault. Changes are you were never taught how to conduct an effective job search. That’s because school teaches you everything EXCEPT how to get a job. (Stuck in a rut? Watch this video!) It’s time to get out of that job search rut. But you will have to educate yourself on how to find and land jobs effectively. What you need to do is have a proactive job search strategy. You can do that by investing in online courses, watching tutorials, reading blog posts like this, and so on. The key is to educate yourself as much as you can so you can learn more about high payoff activities so you can start incorporating them into your search. Every day, you need to make sure you’re doing high payoff activities. That means meeting the right people, targeting specific companies, and so on. Tweaking your resume every day is NOT a high payoff activity. Applying to a 100 jobs online each month is NOT a high payoff activity. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know any better because those are the activities we were TOLD we had to do in order to land a job. If you don’t take time to do this and understand where you need to change your strategy, you’re going to continue to waste your time by conducting an inefficient job search. Do you have time to do that? It’s one thing to say “I want a job.” That’s a goal. But it’s another thing to have a strategy, which will allow you to reach your goal, and the right tactics, which are the daily activities that make up your strategy. School didn’t teach you how to job search, so it’s up to you to take it into your own hands and get educated! Watch this free, 20-minute tutorial to understand exactly what you need to do in order to job search more effectively. WATCH NOW!
Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to take 1-hour to declutter your house. You might not realize it, but letting clutter accumulate in your home can actually hurt your performance at work. It can also hold you back from getting a job. While having a messy house isn’t might not directly connect with your career troubles, it could be indirectly affecting your success rate (or lack thereof one). Unfortunately, clutter can stunt your productivity, increase your stress levels, and kill your motivation. And all of these things can negatively impact your attitude and work performance. When you’re surrounded by disarray at home, those unsettling feelings can seep into other areas of your life - like your work or job search. That’s why today’s challenge is to take at least one hour to declutter your house (or office!). We want you to make it a habit of cleaning up unnecessary things in your life so you can be as efficient and happy as possible. There are so many benefits of getting organized. In fact, taking the time to declutter your house can actually help you: