If the last time you worked on perfecting your elevator pitch was when you were trying to land your current job, you may be missing out on valuable opportunities to expand your network. These 30-second speeches (roughly the length of an elevator ride) present the chance to succinctly but effectively convey who you are and what you do. Sparking the curiosity of your listener can lead to a lengthier conversation that lays the framework for a relationship. Down the line, such connections may benefit your career.
If you are happy at work, the benefits go far beyond a good mood. Your workplace happiness can actually have a big impact on your job performance, as well as your career successes and advancement.
This makes sense, when you think about it. There are several reasons why workplace happiness and career success are so closely connected. For one thing, when you enjoy being at work you come in each day with a positive attitude and motivation to do a good job. Of course, you will also be more enthusiastic about doing your best if you like your job.
Hoping for a promotion? Well, that’s certainly understandable—we all want to move up in our career, and in this economy the boost in salary that usually comes with a step up the ladder would definitely come in handy.
One of the best strategies to move up in your career quickly is to impress people with your creative ideas and out-of-the-box approaches to problems. But there’s one big challenge: before you can embark on these impressive new paths, you must first get the higher-ups to give you the green light. This often isn’t easy, especially if your bosses tend to be the cautious types that like to stick with tried-and-true ways of thinking.
This is a situation that can take a combination of diplomacy and good salesmanship. You also must carefully plan your approach ahead of time.
A solid reputation is a huge factor in career success, so taking steps to preserve your good name is vital. Take a minute to evaluate how you’re measuring up in these critical areas:
Do you look and act like a professional on a daily basis? Professionals realize that the office has a dress code and follow it. They are polite to others and respectful of the time, space, and property of co-workers. They keep the feelings of others in mind by refraining from gossiping, telling inappropriate jokes, swearing, and yelling.
Your career success (or lack thereof) depends on a wide variety of factors. There are of course the obvious things like education, skills, natural abilities, attitude and many others. But then there are lots of things that are a bit more vague or obscure, and can be tough to easily identify.