June 24, 2018

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Set Your Career on Fire!

Does your career need a ‘shot in the arm’? Have you been doing the exact same job for 3 or 4 years (or longer) without any new or additional responsibilities? Have you watched other people in your department get promoted and leave you in the dust? Lets take a look at 5 SIMPLE things that you can do to stand out from the crowd, get you that raise, AND that promotion!

  1. Speak Up! Effective communication is key! I once heard a famous CEO of a large company say something to the effect of “success is 15% technical skills and 85% communication skills.” Think of the last meeting you were in. Who do you remember, the person sitting quietly on the sideline, or the person that asked the great question that was on everyone’s mind? The long and the short, join a group like Toastmasters or any other ‘Communications Group’; not only will you learn to communicate more effectively, but think of the countless networking opportunities!

  2. Dress Up! I believe it was Donald Trump who said, “dress for the job you want, not the job you’ve got.” If you have ever seen the movie ‘Boiler Room’, Ben Affleck’s character gives some great advice and suggests that all the newly hired Stock Brokers “go out and get (themselves) at least one good suit.” I feel that wearing a tie and/or a sport coat will not only get you noticed, but it makes you FEEL more professional. Translation, you will be more prone to doing higher quality work.

  3. Volunteer! If another department (or your own, for that matter) needs additional help on a project, volunteer and step up to the plate! Generally speaking, this is a good way to network with other department heads, learn a new skill set, and flex your muscles in a way that wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

  4. Learn! Take a class on a topic that you know little or nothing about! If you don’t know how to use a certain MS application, perhaps because your department doesn’t use it on a daily basis, be proactive and learn it! When someone needs to use it in your department (or your company), guess whom they will call on for help! Also, think of the networking opportunities that the class itself will present! They say there is no wasted learning!

  5. Join! Join an association in your field! This is a good way to learn about new products, new companies, and what is going on in the industry as a whole. You could learn about competitors products (translation: learn how to market your own product more effectively and/or what changes need to be made to your product to keep up with the industry), or learn about new technology and what ‘dinosaurs have been shot in the head’. I have said it before, and I will say it again, THINK OF THE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES!

We both know that you aren’t going to run out and do all of these things the second you are done reading this! My challenge to you is to pick one, any one, and implement within the next 7 days. If you choose to take a class, be registered for it within the next week! If you choose to dress up, pick up a new tie or pants suit this weekend and wear it next Monday. If you choose to join an association, do a little R and D this evening and find out where and when a local association meets, but COMMIT YOURSELF TO GOING TO A MEETING!

Do one this week, one the next, and another one the following week and I can promise you that you will start to see positive changes in your career!

- Dale Robert

Dale Robert is a Recruiter and Career Coach specializing in Job Search Marketing Plans. His company, is currently doing research for a book on Professional/Technical Contracting. If you have contracting experience, please visit and fill out a short survey and get the chance to have your career story published in a new book! Dale can be reached at

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