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If only having a good reputation at work was as simple as keeping your nose to the grindstone and working hard. In reality, the complexities of office politics means that a lot of factors contribute to what kind of reputation you have amongst your colleagues and bosses. That’s not to say that you can’t influence what others think of you in the workplace. Check out these 10 ways to build a positive reputation at work.
There is no such thing as a job for life any more and it is no longer safe to think that any one job is secure. At the same time, in today’s working world there are so many more opportunities and options available to us than ever before.
It’s important to embrace this as it gives us choice as to what to do next and at each stage in our careers. It can also be overwhelming and uncertainly can also be quite unsettling for the best of us.
What with LinkedIn being the number 1 social network for professionals, you probably already have a profile on there. The trouble is, so does everyone else. You have to work extra hard to make your profile stand out.
Here are 10 tips on creating a LinkedIn profile strong enough to see off the competition. These tips come from our ver popular & easily downloadable 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips.
Non Executive Director roles are interesting for us because we cannot qualify for them until we are well down our career track. Up to now, we have been motoring along with getting qualifications and credentials and acquiring experience, including management and leadership experience. Now suddenly this is a whole new ball game. The likelihood is we will have spent many, many years working but won’t necessarily have great experience of non-executive director type of work. Here are some tips on how to craft a profile to sell yourself to organizations if you wish to land a non-executive director role.
It’s vital that we understand why staying connected is important. If you do not yet know why you have to stay connected, then this is not going to work for you. Staying connected is not just about when you need help. If that is the way you see the opportunity to connect with your network, you will earn a reputation as being a user and that is not the sort of label any of us want.
Networks need to be nurtured. A good metaphor is watering a plant. Like plants, networks need regular care and attention in order to be reciprocally useful. Here are some tips for nurturing your network in preparation for when you need it.
Whether negotiating a pay rise, a flexible working arrangement, the terms of a new job or a potential contract with a customer or supplier, you need to be smart about how you negotiate. This not only includes doing the right things but also avoiding actions and strategies that will weaken your case. This can be a tricky topic for the best of us and that's why we've highlighted some top tips here. These tips have been taken from our Up Your Game, Up Your Pay and Get Paid Right, From the Start which offer more great advice to help you win that negotiation!
Sometimes it’s useful to understand molecular chemistry! This isn’t some sort of test; it’s just about the concept of understanding how individual molecules attach to one other and build out into a stronger structure. Every molecular structure starts somewhere and when it comes to networking in order to build your own support structure, you are the starting point. Get a blank sheet of paper and put your own name in the middle it. Think about how you’re going to build out your structure without any sort of pressure on you to network in the traditional sense. Following the steps below will help you on your way.