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Want a Promotion? Here’s What To Do

1 Nov

Who doesn’t want to be promoted to the next level? Well, sometimes promotions are not handed over to you. You need to ask for them. However, requesting for a promotion can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, it is not easy to put yourself out there in front of the higher management, particularly when the competition is tough. And, obviously, there always exists the fear of rejection. It can be really challenging to start the big conversation.

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Ready to take the challenge? Here’s what you need to know before you take that next step:

1. Stand out and make a difference

Actions speak louder than words! Show your passion through your work, implement changes for the betterment that will portray your skills and make your profile stand out.

2. Get involved

Participate actively in every task that manager has allotted to you. Seek for his help and ask for feedback about your work. Set targets and share your plan with him to accomplish those goals.

3. Keep records

Make a habit to list down all your allotted tasks. Once you begin the big talk, share your progress report with your boss. Highlight the tasks in which you’ve gone beyond the expectation level.

4. Multitasking

Don’t restrict yourself to a specific work domain. For instance, if you are involved in technical work then spare some time to go through the operations, sales, marketing, supply chain or customer service workflow. Be a multitasker!

5. Be innovative in your approach

Nowadays, you can get every information on the Internet with a single click. Incorporate new ideas and practices in your work. Share information on new technological developments with your co-workers. Be a team player.

6. Plan the Timing

While there is no ideal time to request for a promotion, it is good to discuss this issue on certain occasions such as during annual performance appraisal. It will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with your boss how you have been performing and where your professional life is directed.

7. Don’t be aggressive!

Never ever threaten your boss that you will leave the job if you do not get what you deserve. Negotiate till things move rightly in your direction.

8. Request a meeting

 Once you are ready to ask for promotion, send your boss an e-mail asking for a meeting. Clearly mention that you would want to discuss your work performance and future prospects. The meeting could be a one-on-one discussion or you could even demonstrate your skills by delivering a presentation.

 9. Follow up

After you put forward your request for a promotion, it is important to follow up with your boss. Know your proposed salary figures and negotiate. Negotiation can make a huge difference. Be friendly with your boss and communicate well with full confidence.

 10. Adapt to new responsibilities

Once your message is clearly conveyed to the management, half of the task is done! It’s time to involve yourself in other departmental tasks to get familiar with the workflow. Promotion will bring a new set of responsibilities and tons of new problems so it is better to be well-prepared beforehand.

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Now that you know how to ask for a promotion, you are ready to go and knock at your manager’s door. Good luck!

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6 Ways to Bring out the Leader in You

26 Oct

In the workplace, do you observe individuals milling around with zero progress? Do you feel that, in the daily hullabaloo, your objectives stay only objectives and not culminate into achievements? Then, perhaps it is time for you to rise and take things in your hands.

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Among all the inspiring endeavors which one comes across while working in the field, bringing out the leadership qualities in oneself can be the most exciting yet challenging thing to do. A person aspiring for the title of leader has to continually exhibit effectiveness, suitability, and reliability within the workplace. To bring out good leadership skills in yourself, being in a position of authority is not necessary. You can garner the respect of a leader no matter which step of the company ladder you are on.

Do you aspire to bring out the leader in you? Here are a few tips that can be helpful for you to position yourself as a leader in your organization:

1. Effective Communication

Want to effectively lead in your workplace?  Communication is the key which affects all the situations in a negative or positive way. A leader must possess the quality of effective interaction with his seniors, juniors, clients and advisers. To practice better communication skills, one must stay confident and welcoming. Moreover, being a good listener is also essential. You need to hear people first before you wish to be heard.

2. Be Proactive

In order to bring out the leader in you, you need to be proactive. Good leaders do not hesitate in going an extra mile for the betterment of the organization. Offer your assistance in those tasks which you consider valuable in polishing your skills.

3. Be Supportive to Your Colleagues

By helping other people to polish their skills, you can deal with your colleagues in a better way. Try to create a positive environment by supporting your co-workers. When you collaborate effectively with your colleagues, compliment them and help them grow, you automatically become someone whose opinions are respected and valued. To be a good leader, you must be capable of influencing your colleagues to achieve a target and must add to the organization and unity of the team.

4. Attend Seminars on Leadership Training

Being a leader may be a natural thing for some people. However, many qualified professionals struggle in bringing out their leadership qualities. Take help from training programs to modify your leadership skills. You can even opt for online courses.

5.Believe in Yourself

The most important thing which leads you to success is your self-confidence. When you believe in yourself, it reflects from your work, body language, decisions and from your progress. When you appear confident, you are more likely to commendably lead other people.

6. Learn to Give Credit

To be a good leader, you need to learn how to motivate your team members. The more you share the credit fairly, the better leader you become.

Always remember;

“Power isn’t control at all–power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”

-Beth Revis

5 Ways to Say NO without Feeling Bad

23 Oct

Do you often regret saying ‘yes’ when people come to you asking for a favor because you are too quick to say yes and too hesitant to say no? Well, it’s time to learn to say NO! Read on and master the art of refusing politely.

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As someone who is leading a professional life with a hectic schedule, you may already have your plate quite full of chores and which is why you need to think before you agree to any point thrown at you. There is a fine line between helping others and being exploited by others and you need to recognize that line, for your own progress.

To be an efficient professional, you sometimes need to take a step back and say “no”, even if the demand comes from someone superior to you in the workplace. Saying “yes” to every single prospect can be disrupting and demanding, particularly when your own timetable is already over-flooded with responsibilities and appointments. Addition of more tasks merely to gratify others can make you overwhelmed which will eventually make it hard for you to satisfy these requests in the end.

How can you say NO in a polite and professional way? Here are a few ways to help you practice the art:

1. Ask Time for Considering the Offer

If you think there is a slight chance you might regret saying yes, ask for more time. Say something like “Let me think a little about it”. Doing so helps you gain some time to consider and think things through before making your final decision.

2. Appreciate the Gesture

If someone tries to involve you in a project or take your help in executing an idea, do not blurt out a yes or no instantly. Appreciate them by being positive or by complimenting them slightly. Enhance their confidence by giving positive remarks about the idea and then ask for exemption from the project.

3. Express that You Already Have Commitments

If you consider that the offer is something which may be useful for you in the future, you can keep your way open by saying something like “I would love to assist you in the task but I have a few plans for now”. This helps in getting the offer again in the future, in case you would like to do a similar project in coming days.

4. Show Willingness

To be polite, you need to show the willingness to accept the offer, particularly if the offer comes from a superior. Highlight the demands of your current, busy schedule in a way that it does not seem like you are complaining about the workload and then say no.

5. Be Straightforward

If nothing works, just take a deep breath and deny in a straightforward manner. Start your sentence by saying “Sorry, but I can’t be of assistance”.

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Got any more ideas to say NO without sounding like a snob? Please share with me!

5 Things You Don’t Learn in College

22 Oct

Hello Readers!

Hope you all are having a great Sunday so far. These days I am working on a few projects that involve researching about available career prospects and professional advice for fresh grads and young employees. And, I thought I should share some career-oriented posts with you all as well. So, be prepared for a series of such posts. Here comes the first one. I hope you’ll like it. 🙂

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When we are in college, nothing really matters more than securing extra marks in a subject or passing an exam we dread the most. However, once we graduate and enter into our professional life, at some point, we realize that what we learnt in college is no longer completely applicable. In fact, we are expected to learn on the job. We have to be more open to developing new abilities that are imperative to succeed in the competitive environment of the corporate world.

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Here’s a list of some skills we often have to learn once we graduate, which remain with us throughout our career life and beyond.

1. Learn to set boundaries and be responsible

As soon as we land into our first job, the first thing we are expected to do is be responsible. We are considered responsible for all our actions and decisions. In this regard, we have to set boundaries and then stick to them. Then only we are viewed as a responsible and reliable person in the workplace. We soon come to realize that we can’t be good at everything. Hence, it is important to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and prioritize what matters the most.

2. Engage a mentor

Always remember; you are never too old to learn. There is absolutely no harm in looking up to someone you can trust. Engage a reliable, more experienced person to help you recognize opportunities and discover ways to prosper.

3. It is okay to fail

Yes, you read it right. As long as you are learning something out of your failure, it is alright to fail. You emerge as a true winner if every wrong decision teaches you a valuable lesson. All you have to do is work on developing the courage to rise whenever you fall. Expertise in this area will get you a little closer to victory.

4. Put your own ideas on the table

Once in a while, surprise your manager (in a good way!) by putting forward your own ideas. This will not only convey your dedication to the boss but also portray you as an independent go-to person. Always focus on delivering first-class work, which simplifies the boss’ job and begins prepping you for the subsequent level.

5. Be comfortable in your own skin

Easier said than done! This is one of the toughest things to do once you enter into your professional life; especially when there is so much competition around. While it is good to challenge yourself, there is no need to go out of your comfort zone at every prospect and end up feeling depressed. Identify your fortes and cultivate an area of proficiency that stimulates you.

If you’re still in college then these tips will help you predict what to expect once you graduate. And, if you have already started your career then it is never too late to learn and prosper. What did you skip in college that you wish you had learned? Share with me!

 

“Education first”-Malala Yousufzai

13 Jul

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This post is inspired by the visionary speech of the daughter of Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, a women’s rights activist and promoter of world-wide education. Who thought that such an innocent looking young girl could be so brave and confident? Her recent speech at the UN assembly has made me really proud of her. Her every word shouted optimism and confidence to me. Her passion for world peace, equality and provision of free education to every child is beyond impressive. At such a young age, girls are normally more focused on themselves. They enjoy a carefree life with friends and family. But Malala’s life has been very different and difficult. Hailing from Swat valley, a not-so-developed yet beautiful part of Pakistan, she fell victim to the terrorists who have forcefully occupied this part of the country and are working for their own personal benefits in the name of Islam. They are indeed portraying a very negative image of Islam and the Muslims. Just as children demand for toys, Malala had only one wish; to acquire education. Not just for herself but also for her friends and for every child present on this planet. She rightly said in her speech that terrorists are scared of little girls with books because they do not understand the importance of education. They fear that if young people start acquiring education they’ll no longer fall prey to their self-created religious ideas and extremism and would stand up for their rights. Just like what Malala did. So they tried to silence her but they failed miserably because Malala is right and Allah (God) protects those who follow the right path. There are some people who have doubts about Malala’s story and her struggle. They think her every move is fabricated. I don’t know how right or wrong they are. I personally do not know Malala and have never met her or talked to her to know the real story. I have got an insight to her journey through media just like everyone else. No matter what others say about Malala I just believe in her passion for education. I do believe that pen is mightier than the sword and that education is the only way to eradicate ignorance and intolerance and to make this world a better place to live. Education before all!