14 Microchanges Guaranteed
to Advance Your Career
Make these changes and watch your career take off!
As a career and life coach, I am often asked “how do I advance my career.” I always advise “depending on your goal you can do an array of things.” Everyone doesn’t have to perform the same tasks for advancement, however there are some universal slight changes you can make. I call them microchanges.
It will amaze you at what a slight change can do for your career.
If you want a raise or job satisfaction, try these simple tips for taking your work performance to the next level. They’ll pay off quickly.
Online Microchanges for Greater Career Success
The internet is the place to start because it is easy to gain knowledge and promote your visibility.
1. Edit your LinkedIn profile. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? I updated mine right before I started my recent job.
I recommend looking at your profile every 2–3 months to make necessary changes. Let colleagues see your most recent accomplishments.
2. Reach out to your network. Reach out to colleagues you have not spoken to in a while. Reconnect with past coworkers. You never know who holds the key to open your next door.
3. Follow industry news. I can’t stress this one enough. You should always stay abreast with what your industry is engaged in. Spend a few minutes a day reading an article or two about what’s happening in your world of business.
4. Monitor your life. It’s easy to lose track of time, since we cannot manage it, anyway. Set limits on your extra-curricular activities. Give yourself time to read and set up systems in your life.
Offline Microchanges for Greater Career Success
5. Face-to-face interactions still have a dramatic impact. There is nothing like having a great conversation with someone while getting to know them. Maybe that’s even more true today when so much communication occurs electronically.
6. Demonstrate initiative. Sometimes you will be asked to perform job tasks outside of your job description. How will you respond? I suggest you show initiative and step up.
7. Be a team player. Identify what your manager considers the top business priorities so you know where to devote your efforts. Find a way to contribute that goes above and beyond your job description.
8. Volunteer your assistance. You can volunteer your time at work or in your community. I suggest you try both. Find areas of interests and see how you can help.
9. Speak up. In every meeting, there is always that one person who says nothing, and the manager has to call on them, don’t be that person. Make your voice heard on subject matters of interest. You don’t have to speak at every meeting, but you should speak at some meetings.
10. Show enthusiasm. Your manager will trust and value you more if you show that you’re invested in your career. After all, it is YOUR career. If you don’t have an interest in it, why would anyone else?
11. Express gratitude. Let your colleagues know how much you appreciate them all the time. Gratitude should be an ongoing effort. This does not mean act unauthentic, it means to show gratitude to your team on different occasions. Offer sincere praise and share credit for team projects. They’ll be more likely to return the favor.
12. Dress for the position you want. Appearances count whether or not you like it. If your career desires are to be a business manager, how does a business manager dress?
13.Join a professional association. I have mentioned this in my previous writings. There is no better way to meet people in your industry than to join the industry association. I am a member of a few of them and I love the connections I have made.
14. Use your vacation days. According to the Harvard Business Review, employees who take all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of receiving a promotion or a raise than their peers who are stockpiling their time off. Isn’t that amazing? Take the cruise which is my vacation of choice.
The average full-time work week in the United States is roughly 42.5 hours long. Wouldn’t it be better for you to have a strategy for career advancement? These microchanges will help you do a superb job and maintain harmony in your life.
Marla J. Albertie, is the author of The Ultimate Brag Book: A hundred questions about how awesome you are. She is a Certified Life Coach and Corporate Trainer. She blogs owns of the Truth Speaks Group, LLC, a multi-media coaching company dedicated to creating solutions for integrating work and life to create harmony. When she is not studying for her PhD, Marla loves to read, is a concert and comedy show junkie, and a cruiser for life. Follow Marla on Twitter @tspeakscoaching and IG @Tspeaksgroup
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