2. Apply for roles that are a close fit for you; while it may feel good to apply to many jobs, it is a drain on your time and emotions when those don't pan out.
3. Experiment and explore with lots of jobs, industries, nonprofits/for-profits, etc. Many will tell you to get a steady job with one company in one industry, but that is, more often than not, a recipe for disaster today where it used to be the path to career success.
4. Wow them in the interview. But to do this, you MUST prepare for your interview. Do your homework (check LinkedIn, Google, Industry publications for info on the company, executives, recruiter, hiring manager, etc.
5. Become one with Starbucks. Use coffee as a reason to meet and connect with other professionals; this is an inexpensive and effective way to get to know and (more importantly) be known by others in business.
7. Be a leader. Don't wait for others to act or to tell you to act. Do something that will make a positive impact on your team, even when no one else will.
8. Be reflective. Think about what you enjoy and loath in your current and previous roles. Make a list of questions to try to get a sense of whether the new job has these same negatives.
9. Answer behavioral based questions with a specific "what" and "how" example. Be as descriptive as possible.
10. Ask questions of the interviewer(s) based on things you couldn't find on the website. This will reinforce that you did your homework.
11. Connect personally with the interviewer and find something in common; be observant of brands the person is wearing or things in the office that you can genuinely make a connection with. Notice I said "genuinely"; if you try to fake some connection with the interviewer, it will come back to haunt you later. If you notice they wear a Rotary pin (and you are a Rotarian), you can talk about something you have in common.
12. Demonstrate authentic passion for the job/company with which you are applying or the one for which you are currently working. If you hate it, find some place else to work; life is too short to be stuck in a job you can't stand.
13. ABC Always Be Curious. Be ready to learn and adapt to new environments. The economy and job market is rapidly changing, and this will be a huge asset.
14. Be a more active listener. Most of us, including myself, listen to speak, instead of listening to understand. Remember what Stephen Covey taught us.
15. Focus on long term career goals but also take time to celebrate short term wins.
16. Recognize that innovation often comes from people and places where you least expect. Check out this infographic for the Most Amazing Female Leaders That History Books Forgot and their contributions to music medicine, poetry, writing, aviation, journalism, governance, mountaineering, and exploration.
17. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Growth only happens through the pain of change. Push through the pain and pushback that you experience in your career. Don't avoid it; trade long term gain for short term pain rather than the other way around.
18. FFF Fail or Fall Forward. Don't worry about failing. We should rather ship stuff (content, products, etc.) that is decent and then iterate to make it better later than to dream and never do.
19. Don't REGULARLY sacrifice your health, family, emotional well-being on the altar of career success or money. It is NOT worth it. Sometimes you need to do this, but it should only be rarely. Don't regularly sleep less than your body needs to be health and rested. Don't regularly work so much that you ignore (or mostly ignore) your family and friends. Don't regularly work so much that you stress over every aspect of work even when you are off hours (nights and weekends). You need the downtime to recharge your ability to innovate; there are many scientific studies supporting this.
20. Surround yourself with colleagues both within and outside of your current company that are smarter, more successful, and effective in their roles. But I will warn you; don't take people at face value. Dig deeper than surface level. You do have to discern and separate the "posers" from the "authentics". But I will warn you; don't take people at face value. Dig deeper than surface level. Some people are good at looking like they know what they are doing, and they don't. Most "posers" are great at bragging, and most "authentics" tend to downplay their knowledge and success, attributing it to others' help. Once you have found these people, adopt, emulate, copy, and adapt their actions to your style.
21. Help make everyone else's job easier especially those below you. Even though you won't personally benefit in the short term, people will notice and you will gain in the long term. This is all about building credibility and earning trust.
22. Leverage your community of connections but don't overdo it. After you have worked hard to build connections BEFORE you need them, you can utilize them for favors. Just make sure you are adding value to their lives as well as taking.
23. Like a dog on a bone, persevere and don't give up...until it is time to throw in the towel. If after much perseverance, things aren't working, don't keep banging your head against a wall. Know when to stop or pivot.
24. Stay on top of the latest in your industry; this requires more than just learning from internal company sources. You have to get out to tradeshows, industry association publications/meetings, conferences. etc.
25. If you are killing it at work, and everyone notices it, including your boss, ask for a raise or bonus. Timing is everything. Don't ask for this when you or your department are not performing up to par.
26. Do what you love AND what makes you money AND what you have a natural affinity for. It must be all three!
27. Strike a power pose to increase your confidence; others will subconsciously notice and attribute respect. Google "power pose research" for examples. My favorites are " The CEO"...placing an arm(s) on the chair next to you", the "Mr Clean", and the "Mr. Wonderful (Kevin O'Leary) power pose". It might seem silly, but these nonverbals indicate to others that you are the leader.
28. Be kind and courteous to others regardless of their perceived benefit to you. Don't be the office jerk or complainer; this might seem obvious, but this is a serious career killer. And if you know someone like this; pull them aside and in private and with compassion try to help them see the negative consequences to their career from their poor behavior. Nuff said.
29. Go the extra mile; don't just "clock in and clock out". This doesn't have to be everyday, but do extra work that you don't have too. People notice, bosses and peers.
30. Use your smartphone wisely; don't' overuse it especially during certain circumstances like interviews, meetings, etc. If you do this, you will be viewed as out of touch, disconnected, or that you don't care about others and the agenda at hand.
31. Take the management of your career in your own hands. Your boss or organization will no longer be the proxy for a successful career path. Take ownership of learning the skills you need now and will need later; don't wait for your company to do this. They won't.
32. Be committed to the organization's mission and be a team player. Work with your boss and coworkers not against them. Be absolutely sold out to the mission and find new ways to support it.
33. Be a snappy dresser; you don't have to have the cutting-edge fashion. But don't wear stuff from the 70's, 80's, or 90's or inappropriate attire (pink hair, avant-garde piercings, etc.). Wear properly fitting clothing, shoes, and accessories, and make sure clothes are pressed, shoes are polished, and hair is groomed. This stuff matters.
34. Create a creative application, just make it creative relative to the industry or company you are applying to. An avant-garde, hand-drawn in charcoal version of your resume is great if you are applying for a design firm or ad agency but will probably be frowned upon in a more staid, business-like culture. You do want to stand out, so you get the recruiter or hiring manager's attention but not too much depending on the type of role and company you are selecting.
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