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Is a promotion on your list of goals for this year? If so, you are not alone. Research shows that 51% of employees are considering a new job. However, don’t let this deter you from reaching out in your industry. 84% of organizations anticipate a shortfall in the minimum number of qualified leaders over the next five years. Qualified and engaged leaders are urgently needed and you could be one of them!

In the first article in this series, we discussed possible obstacles to reaching out for a promotion and the first 5 tips to get a promotion. This article will discuss the next 5 tips to reach out to the next level in your career.

(Make sure to download your free copy of our Job Search Worksheet to stay organized as you work towards your promotion!)

1. Be confident. Your attitude is critical to success because your attitude affects your actions, which will affect your outcome. 85% of our clients say they are their biggest obstacle to their career goals. Watch out for the Impostor Syndrome and create positive affirmations for any negative thoughts to keep them in check.

2. Be a leader. You may have a strong work ethic, but that isn’t enough to get a promotion. Superiors look for people who show leadership potential to advance them within an organization. Ask yourself if you are truly being a leader in your current job. Are you being your best self? It’s not about perfection every single day, but we all know if we’re stepping up to the plate or not. You know your potential- are you living into it? Consider whether you need to:

  • Do more to motivate your fellow coworkers or employees.
  • Take a greater leadership role in meetings.
  • Offer suggestions to improve processes in your department.
  • Develop your EI (Emotional Intelligence).

Are there times when you’re doing the bare minimum rather than going the extra mile? Take time each week to take stock of what worked, what didn’t, or what you could have done differently to improve your leadership potential.

3. Ask for and implement constructive criticism. We all receive constructive criticism (and sometimes not so constructive) from various sources, even peers. If you seem to not respond well to criticism from any source, either by defending your actions, blaming someone else, or dismissing their comments, this doesn’t put you in a good light. This can prevent your boss from recommending you for a promotion. And even if you take the feedback well, but don’t make improvements over time, they won’t be impressed by your performance so it won’t matter what you’ve said.

Action tip: Take few minutes tonight as well to think about how you react when you receive criticism. Ask a trusted friend or colleague how they perceive your ability to handle negative feedback and how they perceive you at work so you can get input on what your credibility, reputation, and/or brand is like. Consider whether what they tell you is the image you want to portray and work towards improving it if needed. Cultivate humility, a necessary soft skill, which will making accepting criticism much easier.

4. Find a mentor. Too many professionals don’t have a mentor. Having one can be a critical piece to your career success and progression. If you are looking to advance your career, finding a mentor in your industry, inside or outside your company, can make a big difference in your ability to move up. Mentors can advise you the qualities you should develop, the skills you need, and give you the all-important insider knowledge on what makes your industry tick, plus an objective opinion on how you’re doing. You can try to learn it all on your own, but it’s much better if you have someone you can confide in and who can offer you sound advice so you don’t have to try to advance by trial and error.

5. Prepare and conduct the meeting. When it’s time to schedule the meeting to ask for your promotion, it’s important to be prepared. Make sure you have prepared the following:

  • Your resume
  • Your accomplishments document
  • Your brag book
  • Salary research
  • A presentation to show during your meeting

Finally, when working towards a promotion, it’s essential to avoid certain habits or tendencies. Here are four basic things to avoid:

1. Dishonesty/cheating at work. This could be directly lying to your boss about a project or the way something was handled with a client, taking the credit for something you didn’t do, or lying about being sick when you call in sick.

2. Handling personal matters at work. This could be regularly taking personal phone calls, texting, or scheduling personal appointments during work hours. Bosses translate this as a lack of respect for the work environment and that employees don’t consider their work to be important.

3. Bad attitude. Working with a negative or critical attitude can dampen the office culture, especially when most bosses try to cultivate a positive work environment. Employees with bad attitudes make that difficult or even impossible.

4. Being unreliable. Habitual tardiness, missing deadlines, meetings, or other appointments drive bosses crazy. They can’t depend on this kind of employee.

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Getting promoted is something all professionals want, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, reaching out for a promotion can feel overwhelming and intimidating when you consider the data:

  • An average corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes.
  • Out of 250, four to six candidates are picked, and only one will get the job.
  • 51% of employees are considering a new job.

With so many other professionals looking for new positions, it can be easy to feel discouraged. However, the truth is that corporations are actively looking for qualified leaders. According to a Gallup study, only 18% of current managers have the high talent (that unique combination of talents needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company’s performance) required of their role.

There are three main obstacles to applying for a job promotion:

  1. Unclear direction- Do I want to stay at this organization?
  2. Lack of confidence or Impostor Syndrome- I don’t deserve a promotion.
  3. Procrastination- I’ll update my resume later.

It is important to understand what could be holding you back in order to take control of your career and move forward. Which of the three obstacles could be affecting you? Take some time to journal your thoughts, speak with a trusted friend or family member, or go over these issues with your career coach.

1. Now, you are ready for 10 tips to help you get that job promotion. (To stay organized as you implement these tips, we recommend using our Job Search Worksheet- get your free copy here!)Update your resume (and keep it updated!) If you keep your resume up to date, you can more easily apply when the position you want has opened without feeling overwhelmed. It is hard to update your resume correctly if you wait until the last minute because there is too much pressure. There are a few things to keep in mind when updating your resume:

  • What have you accomplished since the last time you updated your resume, since your last promotion or since you were hired?
  • What position are you shooting for and in what timeframe?
  • Keep a master copy of your resume. Then create tailored resumes from there.

2. Create an accomplishments document. This is a separate document where you can regularly record your professional accomplishments. This is something you can use to create your case in writing and when you talk with your boss about a promotion. Keep it on your desktop or tablet, wherever is it easy for you to write down things such as compliments from coworkers, awards, classes taken and kudos from clients. Take 10 minutes every month to review your document and check to ensure you’re on track towards your goal of a promotion.

3. Tell your boss you want to advance. Many employees take it for granted that their superiors know they want to be considered for a promotion. You don’t want to assume this. Communicate your desire to be considered for a promotion with your current boss. Ask your boss what you should work on to be considered for a promotion and discuss possible gaps in qualifications. Put the suggestions into practice and ask for projects to fill the gaps in your experience. Try tracking your performance in a spreadsheet with each goal listed along with action items and accomplishments.

4. Enhance your skill set. You may be a pro at your current position, but don’t take for granted that you will be a pro at the position you are hoping to get. Your skill set may not automatically transfer to the skill set needed for the position above you. Take time to analyze the job description you want before you ask for the promotion and determine if you are truly qualified. Be honest with yourself. Consider reaching those qualifications by:

  • Internet courses (try Lynda.com or Coursera.com)
  • Certification
  • Local college courses

Applying these tips can not only help you qualify for a promotion, but will make you a better employee at your current position and more qualified for that next role, whether it’s at your current organization or another one. You will have the satisfaction that you are making yourself as marketable as possible for your next role, wherever that may be.

Take initiative. Taking initiative goes beyond showing up prepared for performance reviews by filling out the standard company form. Taking initiative involves offering solutions to problems and suggesting improvements. Consider this:

  • How do you handle problems at work? Do you only identify problems or possible issues and report them? Or do you try to find a way to solve them?
  • Do you come to meetings with the negative results of the current issue, and a strategy you can be involved in for implementing a solution? If you stop at identifying problems, your superiors may not think you are qualified to handle more responsibility.

Action Item: Take time to observe the person who currently has the position you would like to have. What do they have that you don’t have? We aren’t talking about sacrificing your individuality or that you have to pretend to be someone you’re not. But what qualities do they have that you need to have or adopt? For example:

  • Do you need to be more patient and calm under pressure?
  • Should you work on taking crises or tough issues more in stride?
  • Do you need to work on communicating more clearly and effectively?
  • Could you dress more professionally, take more time to get to know your coworkers, or offer to help them with certain tasks?

Analyze how you can go the extra mile now to get the next promotion. Determine three things you need to work on to be the person who deserves the next promotion.

Our next article in this series will cover the last 5 tips to help you get promoted in 2018. If you have questions on how you can tailor these tips to your industry or position, we would be glad to help. Schedule a free consultation today!

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Hallie Crawford, BS 1995, is honored to be hosting this webinar for Vanderbilt University alumni, Thursday January 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 noon CT.

Discover more about what you will learn in this webinar by watching this video and go here to register.

Have you lost that lovin’ feeling for your job? Are you hesitant or unsure how to approach making a career change?

If this is you, you are not alone. Just under half of U.S. workers said they felt satisfied with their jobs in 2015 (Forbes.com, 2016). The good news is you can change and design your career so it is a fit for you, find a sense of meaning and purpose in what you do professionally, and discover greater clarity in order to achieve your career goals. In this 45 minute webinar, Certified Career Coach, alumna, and national career expert Hallie Crawford, BS’95, will teach you how to:

-Tap into what’s most fulfilling for you and begin to design your career around that
-Develop greater clarity and direction to achieve your career goals
-Determine how to find the right career fit AND start your transition
-Overcome the obstacles that hold you back from making a change

Don’t end up at the end of 2018 unsure or unhappy, wondering where the time went! A bonus job search template will be included with the handouts.

Learn more by watching this intro video and go here to register.

*The materials referenced in this webinar can be downloaded from the links below:

1) The powerpoint of the presentation is downloadable as a PDF here.

2) Our Values Worksheet is available in this ebook.

3) Our Job Search Worksheet can be downloaded here.

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Honored to host a keeping your career resolutions webinar today for Emory University Alumni.

The resources we provided can be found here, please feel free to download.

“How to Keep Your Career Resolutions in 2018″

To get additional assistance with your career goals, contact us to set up a consultation directly with Hallie to learn more about our services.

With over 17 years of experience, we can get you on the right track!

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Hallie Crawford | Career Blog by Hallie Crawford - Career Coach - 1M ago

Hallie Crawford, BS 1995, is honored to be hosting this webinar for Vanderbilt University alumni, Thursday January 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 noon CT.

Discover more about what you will learn in this webinar by watching this video and go here to register.

Have you lost that lovin’ feeling for your job? Are you hesitant or unsure how to approach making a career change?

If this is you, you are not alone. Just under half of U.S. workers said they felt satisfied with their jobs in 2015 (Forbes.com, 2016). The good news is you can change and design your career so it is a fit for you, find a sense of meaning and purpose in what you do professionally, and discover greater clarity in order to achieve your career goals. In this 45 minute webinar, Certified Career Coach, alumna, and national career expert Hallie Crawford, BS’95, will teach you how to:

-Tap into what’s most fulfilling for you and begin to design your career around that
-Develop greater clarity and direction to achieve your career goals
-Determine how to find the right career fit AND start your transition
-Overcome the obstacles that hold you back from making a change

Don’t end up at the end of 2018 unsure or unhappy, wondering where the time went! A bonus job search template will be included with the handouts.

Learn more by watching this intro video and go here to register.

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Honored to host a keeping your career resolutions webinar today for Emory University Alumni.

The resources we provided can be found here, please feel free to download.

“How to Keep Your Career Resolutions in 2018″

To get additional assistance with your career goals, contact us to set up a consultation directly with Hallie to learn more about our services.

With over 17 years of experience, we can get you on the right track!

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All professionals want to feel happy and successful in their careers. After all, we spend most of our day at work. Unfortunately, 70% of American professionals are not engaged at work, and 51% are looking for new positions. This means that the majority of professionals do not feel happy or successful in their careers.

If you fall into this majority group of professionals, how can you find the job or organization that is a good fit for you? How can you find career fulfillment? For many, this is hard to accomplish alone.

Career coaching can play a big role in your career development and provide you with the ongoing support you need. A professional career coach is a someone who will help you make informed decisions about your career choices. But beyond that, they will help you discover who you really are and what you want out of a career.

A career coach will not make professional decisions for you; they will help you find the confidence you need to set and reach your career goals. While a professional career coach can help you with “the basics” of your career, such as job search and networking tips, they can help you with things such as:

  • Identifying opportunities at your current job to become a more valuable employee
  • Building better relationships at work
  • Your work/life balance
  • Building your personal brand
  • Your long-term career plan

Working with a career coach can be a satisfying experience and your coach can be a great team player. Unfortunately, some professionals feel that it means they are somewhat “weak” to need or work with a career coach. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Just as professional athletes, actors, and musicians work with coaches to help them hone and refine their skills, a career coach can help you do the same in the business world. By working with a professional career coach you are investing in yourself and your professional decisions. This will help to ensure your long-term professional success.

How do you know if you need a career coach? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your current position provide you with fulfillment?
  • Would you like to work in a different capacity?
  • Are you struggling with your resume or LinkedIn profile?
  • Are you unsure how to get to the next level in your career?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you can benefit from working with a career coach. From helping you find the right career fit to helping you become a top performer at work, a career coach isn’t just for those who have extra money to spend.

Anyone who want to find out more about themselves and how they fit into the business world should consider career coaching. When you decide to invest in yourself, the information you gain from career coaching will stay with you and guide you for the rest of your life.

If you would like more information about how you can benefit from career coaching, download our free briefing today!

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Hallie was honored to be featured in a recent article by The Payoff for tips on how to quit your job.

For 5 tips on leaving your job on a good note, read the article now!

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With a new year almost around the corner, it’s exciting to imagine all the opportunities that await us. But most opportunities, especially in our professional careers, don’t just drop into our laps. We have to work to create and achieve new goals in order to keep advancing and be successful.

This is easier said than done. In fact, a study showed that 42.4% of those who set New Year’s resolutions say they fail on their resolutions every year. So what can you do to help ensure that you can reach your professional goals?

In a previous article, we outlined three main steps to set meaningful goals:

  1. Identify inconsistencies
  2. Define your values
  3. Attach your goals to values

We also discussed a few exercises to help you identify your values and areas where you can set new goals for yourself. We talked about:

  • The Life Balance Wheel (For a free copy of our easy-to-use tool, email us at admin@halliecrawford.com and ask for the New Year’s Worksheet.)
  • A peak experience in your life

Click here to review them now! (link to article #1) You will also want to have your notes on hand, because it is time to attach your goals to values.

When there is a value attached to a goal, it provides you with powerful motivation to accomplish your goal. Instead of arbitrarily choosing something you think might be helpful, you have taken the time to identify what is important to you at your core. You are sure that the goal will be beneficial to you because it involves values you want to honor and contributes to your life balance.

Now, take out your list of wanted improvements from your Life Balance Wheel exercise and your notes from your peak experience exercise. Try to match the things you want to improve on to your personal values. You may find that some of your goals can be grouped together to match a single personal value. And you may discover that new goals emerge from comparing your notes.

Note: Make sure you take sufficient time to think through your list and identify the value or values behind them. Don’t be afraid of writing down anything and everything that comes to your mind while you work on this exercise. It’s important to put it all in writing and you can organize and prioritize your notes later.

(If you need help matching your goals to your values, we would love to help! Schedule a free Career Strategy Session today!)

Now from your list, choose the two values that are most important to you. What can you do this week to start honoring those values? Set one goal for each value.  Write down your goals and place them where you will be reminded of them.

To provide a little more motivation, take a few moments to visualize what you life would look like when you take those action steps? What would it look like if you didn’t take action?

When setting goals, it’s also important to:

    • Be specific. Instead of generalizing your goals, get as detailed as possible. For example, don’t just say you want to be more productive, say you will start prioritizing your workload every week/morning to make sure you are tackling the most important tasks.
  • Set a timeframe. One big problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they get lost in an undefined timeframe. Instead of saying next year you want to have a bigger impact on your team, say “Next week I will choose an article to share with my teammates that can help us be more effective.”
  • Make sure they are measurable. Another problem with goals is that if they are too farfetched or long-term, you can get discouraged. If you want to be an astronaut, determine what short-term goals you can accomplish in the next few months. For example, study and get your pilot’s license. You also may need to get additional schooling.

Once you have defined your goals, it may be helpful to find an accountability partner. Someone who will help you stay on track and share you experience with. Agree to check in with each other on your goals after a certain time frame, perhaps every 3-6 months. Discuss what is working and what isn’t working.

You may find you need to make some adjustments on your journey to reach your goals. And once you have reached a goal, go back to your notes and pick the next goal on your list.

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With another year almost over, many of us take some time to analyze our accomplishments. Whether they are personal or professional, we all have some sort of goal in life. Did you reach your goals this year?

If you didn’t accomplish your goals, you are not alone. In fact, according to research, only 9.2% of people who set New Year’s goals for themselves feel that they have successfully achieved their goal. This could be due to many factors. But perhaps you aren’t approaching goal setting in the right way.

To set meaningful goals, there are three main steps:

  • Identify inconsistencies
  • Define your values
  • Attach your goals to values

Let’s start with the first step, identifying inconsistencies. This is important because this has to do with work/life balance. One of the factors that makes us unable to reach a goal is when we get too caught up in daily activities and we forget to work towards our goal. Other times the goal was never clearly defined.

At HallieCrawford.com, our team of coaches uses what is called a Life Balance Wheel with all of our clients to help them identify inconsistencies. If you would like a free copy of our easy-to-use tool, contact us at admin@halliecrawford.com and ask for the New Year’s Worksheet.

To create your own Life Balance Wheel:

  • Draw a big circle and create an eight-piece pie.
  • In each pie sliver, write the numbers 1-7, 1 being at the narrowest part of the sliver and 7 being at the widest part of the sliver.
  • Label each sliver:
  1. Friends/Family
  2. Fitness/Health
  3. Career
  4. Money (your relationship to it)
  5. Personal and Spiritual Growth
  6. Fun/Recreation
  7. Romance/Significant Other
  8. Physical Environment/Home

Now that you have created your Life Balance Wheel, you are ready to complete the exercise. Within each area, circle the number that best represents your level of satisfaction in that area of your life for the last year. (“7” = Satisfied; “1” = Dissatisfied)

Now connect the dots. What does your circle look like?

Most likely, it’s not much of a circle. Take some time to think about why your circle looks the way it does. Now take some time to think about what your life would be like if each area was rated as a 7. What kind of person do you want to be? Journal your thoughts and ideas.

Every area that you rated as a 5 or less should be taken into consideration when setting new goals. This exercise helps us to remember that every seemingly separate sections of our lives are connected to each other and impact each other.

In a professional setting, these aspects can have an impact on your career. For example, if your vision of a 7 in your family category is spending lots of time together, you may decide that you a job that requires a lot of travel wouldn’t be the best choice for you.

Now, from the areas that were rated 5 or less, list 5 things that you think you could improve on. From your list you will find that new goals will emerge. Revisit your wheel every 6 months. This will help you to stay on track and come up with new goals as well.

Next, it’s time to identify your values. Your values are things that are important to you personally. Sometimes these are hard to define, so try the following exercise:

  1. Identify a personal and career peak experience.
  2. What made it so special?
  3. Identify key words from the experience and write them down.

This simple exercise can provide some insight into your personal values. Take a look at the key words or themes you have written down. How well are you honoring those values in your career currently from 1-5? (“1” = Dissatisfied, “5” = Satisfied)

Now you are ready to attach your goals to values. We will discuss how to do this in the next article in this series.

If you need help identifying your values, we would love to help! Schedule a free Career Strategy Session today!

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