Many of us just assume we should always be striving to move ahead (and upwards) on our career. And other people often assume that should be our goal. But do you ever stop and think about what a move up the ladder would be like—and if we really want it? Sure, the boost in income and other perks might be nice, but there are lots of other things to consider.
There are lots of routes to success, and lots of skills, traits and characteristics that can get us there. In fact, if you read enough career articles and books, the wide variety of different (and sometimes conflicting) advice can make your head spin.
What is professionalism? In a nationwide survey of human resource professionals, top factors mentioned include working until a task is completed competently, interpersonal skills, civility, appropriate appearance, punctuality, regular attendance, communication skills, honesty, and focus.
For people straight out of college or used to working at a small business, transitioning to corporate life requires some adjustments. To make the process easier and the results more fruitful, consider these suggestions from career-success expert Emily Bennington, author of Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination:
When you’re having a hard time capturing the time and attention of your boss, it’s natural to feel slighted, overwhelmed and frustrated. But if you know how to embrace it, having an absentee boss is actually an opportunity to leverage your own career potential. Here are five tips for managing an absentee boss and making the situation work to your advantage:
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the “lean in” theory involving women in the workplace. This is the approach suggested by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, in which women band together to help each other deal with the challenges of balancing work, family and other responsibilities.