When going through the job-search process, candidates often think about what they want. While things such as a good salary or a convenient schedule may be important to you, however, they aren’t at the top of an employer’s mind. A hiring manager’s main concern is finding the best person possible to fill the position, and when you make it your number-one priority to show that you are that person, great things can happen.
If you’ve been frustrated by your inability to move up the company ladder as quickly as you’d like (or for those who are currently unemployed, to find a good job), you may be tempted to consider going back to school to get a degree. And while that can certainly be a smart move from a professional standpoint for many people, it’s not always a clear-cut decision. The value you might get from a degree will depend on a variety of factors, such as your career goals, prior education and experience and the type of degree you pursue.
For most people, the ultimate goal of excelling at work is to move up to bigger and better things. If you are very successful, it’s likely that management will notice and you will at some point be offered a position higher up the company ladder. And no matter how happy you are in your current position, it will be tough to resist the lure of a promotion, especially if it’s a plum position that comes with a nice pay raise.
In today’s workplace, when the focus is on doing more with less, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of your career path. “There’s a tremendous pressure to work hard while keeping an overflowing plate,” says Jane Fang, blogging for the Daily Muse.
But that pressure doesn’t mean that the quality of your work should slip or that you should lose your goal of being the best you can be. “There are no excuses for mediocrity,” says Stacey Watt, MD, and author of The Swing Theory. Here’s how to shape, advance and revitalize your career:
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.