Saturday, September 8, 2012

Getting the Career You Want

I was watching “The Wedding Date” the other day and one of the lines struck me…”every woman has the exact love life she wants”.  The implication being that your contentment is based on your actions. Whether you agree with this or not, it has to make you wonder if this concept can be applied in any part of your life. With the economy being what it is, how relevant is this to your career?

So if you’re not quite where you want to be in your career, here are some ways to get there.

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Take Initiative
Show your boss you’re valuable by taking on projects that help showcase your skills and help you stand out. Regardless of how excellent your work is the opportunities are more likely to go to those asking to take them on.

Ask for what you want
Learning to ask for what you want is not as hard as one may think. The key is always asking in a way that does not make it about you. When you make things about your needs and feelings, you may sound more like a liability then an asset. Keep the needs of the company as the central part of the conversation, and then suggest a solution that discretely gets you what you want as well.

Rise to the challenge
Don’t shy away from challenges that will push your skill set. The more you know, the more you’re worth to a company. Take on tasks that you’ve never done before. This will help you learn AND put your initiative at the forefront.

It’s about the work
Do your job and do it well. Good things will follow when you put the quality of your work first and foremost.

Look and Speak the Part
The way you look and speak needs to be appropriate for your chosen field. Whether we like it or not, the way we look DOES shape the way people perceive us. A good rule of thumb is to try to emulate successful women already in positions similar to the one you aspire to attain.

Learn from your own mistakes AND the mistakes of others
There are no mistakes, only lessons. No one is perfect, so mistakes are to be expected. Pick yourself up, find a lesson to take away.

Do not cry...EVER!
Some people already have a hard time accepting that women are not fragile creatures incapable of making decisions void of emotion. Showing your emotions publicly will only perpetuate that foolish misconception. Find a private place away from work and cry your heart out.

Live Beautifully Tip:
Find a mentor that can help you navigate some of these important career moves. Like losing weight, you’re more likely to succeed if you have a buddy. 

Live Beautifully,


  1. These are excellent tips. Especially the one about challenging yourself on the job. Thanks for sharing!

    Dropping by from SITS :)

  2. {Melinda} I work from home, but all of these things can be applied to my freelancing career as well. Thank you! Thanks also for visiting my blog today. It is lovely.

  3. Thanks for visiting Grandma's Briefs from SITS. You're so right: Movies influence your every day as well. :D

    Have a lovely week!


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