There are many ways to invest in yourself. Hiring a professional career coach is one of those ways. But before you hire one, make sure you are ready for change. Make sure you become coachable.
If you don’t take the time and the money to invest in yourself and manage your own needs and dreams, then there is no guarantee that anyone else will want to invest in you either. Here are basic strategies for self-investment.
You would think that something like grooming would go without saying, but not so much. Sometimes, what seems obvious may not be. Lack of grooming can get you noticed for the wrong reasons. You never want people to notice you for the wrong reasons.
It is really important to understand the culture of the industry or company you plan to work in. This was never more relevant than around dress codes. If there is a casual Friday policy at your job, read it and understand it. If there is no policy, it doesn’t mean you show up looking like you just woke up or are headed to the club.
Don’t underestimate your skills and your expertise. What are you the go-to person for at work or in your life? That is your thought leadership. That is, you are the leader in that topic. You understand it. You are passionate about it. Now use it to stand out above the crowd and to advance your career or your business.
Informational interviews are a really great way to learn more about an industry and a specific job or title. You need a strategy, a plan. Depending on your industry or place of employment there may be some politics to contend with, but there are many ways around this. Don’t waste your interviewee’s time. Be prepared and listen.
Thinking about becoming a mentor? Here are some reasons why you should more than think about it.
Everyone needs a mentor in their lives. Read more for some helpful strategies that can help you find the right one.
Saying thank you, while seeming to state the obvious, can really go a long way. Don’t forget to show gratitude.
Taking on a stretch assignment can really help you get far in your career. Don’t overlook them or think you are too busy to take a little extra on.