“Out of sight, out of mind, out of business”. Some of us have been taught as a child that we are to be seen and not heard. Because of this, we tend to believe we should be doing our work in a quiet and un-assuming way. If you say you don’t care not being given credit for your work, you will eventually be overlooked for promotions or new projects where you have earned and deserved it.
Hard work alone won’t get us the promotion we desire. We need to learn the finer nuances on how to market ourselves and make others take notice of us. There needs to be deliberate action from our side to build a presence in the workplace. Are you guilty of the making the following mistakes?
- Waiting to be noticed and not selling yourself and your abilities.
- Failure to play by the rules of the workplace.
- Moving the bar by exceeding what is required in your job.
- Placing work ahead of your personal life.
- Obediently following instructions.
Many of us start our work life with a lot of hope and ambition and believe if we work hard career opportunities will present itself and we will climb our personal corporate ladder at a steady pace. This however doesn’t happen automatically for most people, only a selected few talented and lucky people find navigating their careers easily. Most people find it a challenge just to understand what they really want to do, and they are completely uncertain how to get to where they aren’t even certain they want to go to. And many of these people have got a tertiary education.
Aptitude tests offer a limited amount of guidance and self-awareness only comes after years of experience- in work and personal life. The question some of us most dread is “What would you like to do?”. With limited exposure to a variety of industries and job opportunities together with limited self-awareness this is a difficult question to answer, and one that could plunge you into despair. If you yourself don’t know the answer to this question, who on earth would?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a coach help you uncovering and discovering your hidden potential, your work interests and career desires?
And once you have landed your hard-earned job, wouldn’t it be great to have a road map to help navigate corporate life?
If so, contact an ImageMe consultant today. Remember the first consultation is always free!
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