When workers think of taking action to further their careers, they often look for courses that will make them proficient on the latest software or show them an organizational technique that will improve productivity. While these skills undoubtedly can boost their value, it also is important to realize the role of soft skills in career success.
If you have an interest in advancing your career, you most likely will have to consider a move to management at some point. If this is one of your goals, you may assume you are ready based on your years of experience or level of expertise. However, there is more to being a manager than simply putting in a certain amount of time. There are a variety of other traits and characteristics that make for a good manager.
Good news for all those junior high students fretting about their outfit for the first day of school. Studies show that people typically pay about 50 percent as much attention to you as you think they are paying.
They say that nobody’s irreplaceable. But if you want to maintain your career—and, even better, keep moving up—you should aim to be as close to irreplaceable as possible. You want to make your co-workers and bosses think they would have a hard time surviving without you.
One way to do that, of course, is to be the only one who knows critical information—such as how to get the coffee make to work, or what the password for the fastest copier is.
Employees at small businesses grow used to hearing this question from inquisitive friends and family. While being able to say the name of your workplace and have instant recognition can be flattering, rest assured that plenty of people have had successful, fulfilling careers at institutions that aren’t household names. Among the reasons they stay:
Years ago, people would get their first “real” job and then stay there for life—or at least a couple of decades. Times have really changed. These days, the average person changes jobs 5 to 10 times in their career (maybe more). The trick is trying to find that happy balance between being an out-of-control job hopper and sticking around in a dead end job way too long.
Sure, a bigger paycheck would be nice, but a new study conducted by LinkedIn found that two-thirds of working women in the U.S. would like greater flexibility in the workplace. In fact, 60 percent of women chose work-life balance as the most important factor when defining professional success.
Other findings from the What Women Want @ Work Study include: