Today, WorkSource, a female owned staffing provider, presents an article covering a few tips geared towards helping women to advance their careers. Read on!
When you are thinking of taking the next step in your career — whether you’re going after a promotion, starting a new business, or changing professions entirely — there is a lot to consider. You may know you are ready for a career change before you are even sure what that change is. For instance, you may no longer feel challenged in your current job but aren’t sure if that means you are ready for new responsibilities or a new work environment. For women, sometimes balancing work and families can add an extra layer of complexity.
Are you interested in achieving new professional goals but aren’t sure where to start? Here are a few ideas specifically tailored to help women in the workforce advance their careers.
Understand What Excites You
Most of us spend between 21 and 35 percent of our lives at work or dedicated to working. That’s a huge chunk of time; it’s no wonder people — women in particular — feel less satisfied by work that is not meaningful. Whether it’s the job you do or who you do it for, knowing what you are passionate about is the first step in advancing your career. Are you a marketing professional who wants to travel, experience new things, and tackle more diverse projects? Starting your own business as a consultant can be a rewarding and fulfilling way to set your own hours and spend your time elbow deep in projects that really matter to you.
Make Sure You’re Making the Best Impression
Whether you are aiming for a big promotion or branching out with your own start-up, being able to make the right impression with potential colleagues and clients should be near the top of your to-do list. This is more complicated than it sounds now that both our personal and professional lives in the digital age. Some people are shocked to find out that they have been the victims of attack websites, fraudulent emails, and other online scams. This is why it is important that you pay attention to your online reputation. Catching an attack website or campaign early on can help you get the false or illegal content removed from the internet before potential clients or hiring managers discover it. Working with a legal professional or an online analysis team can help reveal the identity of the attacker and provide leverage to take legal action.
Stay Focused on Your Priorities
Your definition of success is important — and most importantly, it is yours. How another person defines professional success may not be how you define it. Perhaps a successful career is one where you are challenged professionally but still have plenty of time for your family. Surely you have heard or read about the wage gap — where women make less per hour than men in the same roles — but you may not know that motherhood is one of the leading reasons behind the pay gap. Part of mapping out your career trajectory is understanding how other areas of your life — such as where you live, if you have kids, going back to school, etc. — factor into your advancement. Focus on your priorities and hold tight to your definition of success; let that motivate you into a new profession or inspire you to branch out on your own.
Women are a powerful force in today’s work environment. From leadership positions to small business start-ups, the diverse experiences and perspectives women bring in are more valued than ever. If you want to advance your career, you need a long-term plan. Understanding your passions, priorities, and other people’s perceptions can help you make informed decisions.
Womenled.org is the brainchild of Gloria Martinez. Gloria’s vision is to help all women advance in the workplace and celebrate their achievements.
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