Too often we feel we have to be different people at work than we are at home. This duality doesn’t allow us to actually pursue our passions during our careers. If you’re able to be yourself you can learn how to build skills that make you proud and excited for your job and make you the expert in those areas of the company. You can create these skills and be the only person others want to turn to for the answers their looking for while enjoying your job at the same time. Let your personality, your passion and your drive filter into your career so that you don’t feel like you have to put on a different face during the years that you spend building career success.
Cultivate a “Hip Pocket” Skill for Career Success
Life Hacker Article:
Being the go to person in your company for a specific skill level or understanding can be extremely important to the company and it will set you apart from other people. Whether you’re the best at creating the relationship between team members or your company and clients, have the strongest communication skills, understand the software and tools the company uses or can analyze the data used in a way that others can’t comprehend, these skills are important to you and to your company. Make sure you make time to continually polish up on these skills on a regular basis in order to be that person everyone turns to when they need your special talents. This will make you invaluable when it comes time for negotiating a new salary or being considered for promotion, especially if you’ve shown off your special skill many times over.
Sheryl Palmer on Her “Shoes Off” Leadership Style
The New York Times Article:
As an early success Ms. Palmer has led the way in many companies in her industry and area. She has learned how to be humble and teach people how to build relationships and be themselves at work. It doesn’t do any good to be anyone but yourself in every aspect of your business and you certainly want to learn how to be yourself and be comfortable in your environment so that you can be passionate and learn about other people on a regular basis. Check out this interview and learn from the examples of humility when having to lead a team of experts that are much older and more experienced as well as how to start out and do things the right way that Ms. Palmer shares during a look into her life and her success.
Never Give Your Resume to Your “Friend Inside the Company”
When your target employer is a company that you have a friend at should you give your resume to your friend to take to the hiring manager? This could work as a great way to gain access to the company when you’re looking for a career move, but your friend will have to be the best ambassador for you in the company, otherwise it won’t work. Most likely your friend has a different expertise and set if skills and would even work in a different department from you. Rather than has a friend to “grease the wheels” for you, use a direct approach by sending a Pain Letter directly to the hiring manager so they have access to you. If you want to list your friend as a reference in your letter, that’s ok, but take the steps on your own.