getting promoted http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10883/all en-US How to Sing Your Own Praises at Work (Without Bragging) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sing-your-own-praises-at-work-without-bragging <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sing-your-own-praises-at-work-without-bragging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4533104625_6ae7a7e2cd_z.jpg" alt="businessman playing guitar" title="businessman playing guitar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confidence is key to getting ahead in your career, but how can you communicate your expertise without sounding boastful? To help you assert your talents in a polished, professional way, we've come up with some key suggestions that make tooting your own horn a cinch. Whether you're planning for an upcoming review or seeking out your next promotion, here are four smart, savvy tips to follow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Convey-Authority-21277769">RELATED: How to Convey Authority</a></p> <h2>Be Prepared</h2> <p>In order to properly and thoughtfully sing your own praises, it's best to prepare for those moments year-round. First, keep an email folder where you can save all the positive feedback you receive, and then use specific quotes as a reference during your reviews. Next, make sure to monitor and note all the important statistics for your position, like major sales, new clients, and year-over-year improvements. Managers can't remember each and every assignment you've ever completed, either, so maintain a running list of your major projects and the goals that you achieved.</p> <h2>Be Humble</h2> <p>Modesty and positivity are crucial. There's a fine line between expressing your potential and conveying arrogance, so try to tread carefully. For one thing, you need to make sure that the accomplishments you're highlighting are your own. If others contributed to your success, then give your colleagues credit too. That won't take away from your efforts; in fact, it shows both leadership and intelligence. Likewise, it's best to acknowledge any mistakes or shortcomings that arise &mdash; just be sure to end on a positive note by calling attention to any lessons that followed.</p> <h2>Be Timely</h2> <p>You can toot your own horn all you want, but if you disrupt or annoy your manager, then she's not going to listen to your points. Don't ambush your manager when it's convenient for you. Instead, schedule a meeting dedicated to your review or wait until the appropriate time presents itself. Location is important too, so be sure to reserve a conference room or another private location for your appointment.</p> <h2>Be Professional</h2> <p>A good rule of thumb: to maintain healthy relationships and a favorable reputation, you should brag to your manager, not your coworkers. There's no reason to discuss your career status with anyone other than your supervisor or the HR department. That being said, you should work with your manager to refine your job description and professional goals during review sessions. Then, when tracking your accomplishments, you can refer to those specific, mutually defined responsibilities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Workplace success can hinge on self-promotion...as long as you don&#039;t cross over into bragging. Here&#039;s how to walk that oh-so-fine line. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Discuss-Co-Workers-21169522">4 Things Not to Discuss With&nbsp;Coworkers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-Most-Out-Performance-Reviews-2496892">How to&nbsp;Get the Most Out of Performance Reviews</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Dislike-Your-Boss-21242914">What to&nbsp;Do If You Don't Like Your Boss</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sing-your-own-praises-at-work-without-bragging">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-behaviors-and-attitudes-that-can-drive-workplace-success">14 Behaviors and Attitudes That Can Drive Workplace Success</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-star-employee-by-thinking-like-an-entrepreneur">Become a Star Employee by Thinking Like an Entrepreneur</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-lessons-from-moneyball-can-help-your-career">How Lessons From Moneyball Can Help Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-progress-the-missing-link-between-management-and-employees">Making Progress: The Missing Link Between Management and Employees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building getting promoted self-promotion workplace success Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:48:08 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 934374 at http://www.wisebread.com The Brag Book for Job Hunters: E-Book Review and Tips http://www.wisebread.com/the-brag-book-for-job-hunters-e-book-review-and-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-brag-book-for-job-hunters-e-book-review-and-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hard work fortune cookie.jpg" alt="fortune cookie message: hard work pays off" title="fortune cookie message: hard work pays off" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="200" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of my career-services clients have had tremendous success with &ldquo;brag books&quot; (professional portfolios of career highlights and areas of expertise), propelling them from good-but-average positions to the next level of leadership with accompanying salary and commission increases.</p> <p>Those in pharmaceutical sales are likely familiar with brag books; candidates may be asked to bring them to interviews. Outside of this industry &mdash; in fields as diverse as transportation and speech-language therapy &mdash; a professional compilation of achievements, acknowledgements, activities, etc. can also be valuable.</p> <p>Years before the popularity of personal branding and social media for career building, I worked with clients to create presentations of their professional successes and styles, all in a simple-but-elegant binder (purchased at the office supply store). The books showed their qualifications for specific openings and positioned them as future superstars by showing not only results, but also their unique approaches to developing business, building a team, retaining key accounts, and more.</p> <p>Getting a brag book ready is one challenge. Figuring out appropriate presentation is another.</p> <p>In <em><a href="http://www.resumebycprw.com/brag-book.htm">How to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book</a></em>, Teena Rose, CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) guides job hunters through the basics of brag-book preparation and presentation. I found the casual tone of the e-book easy to understand, which is especially useful for those who need straightforward direction during the stress of the job search. She also offers valuable tips for senior-level candidates.</p> <p>Great tips include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Focus on quality and recentness when compiling a brag book.&nbsp;</strong>Choose the best of your accomplishments to highlight, ideally from the last few years.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Create categories with easy-to-find tabs for quick reference when making a presentation. <p> </strong></li> <li><strong>Develop a theme for your brag book.&nbsp;</strong>This theme may reflect your brand; for example, one of my clients created categories of professional strengths and then provided documentation to showcase these different capabilities (e.g., the presentations category included a list of public speaking engagements; the community outreach category had press coverage of special events).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Place items such as letters of recommendation, annual performance reviews, and thank-you emails in the brag book.</strong>&nbsp;Consider using these items as talking points during the interview.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Ideally, tailor the brag book to the hiring organization. <p> </strong></li> <li><strong>Avoid compiling a &quot;catchall portfolio.&quot;&nbsp;</strong>Demonstrate that you are an outstanding candidate, not just that you have basic qualifications.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Think carefully about when to present the brag book.&nbsp;</strong>Take cues from the interviewer. Look for a natural break in the conversation or reference a page that reinforces a point about your qualifications.</li> </ul> <p>Teena mentions that sales professionals and those who have quantifiable results can benefit most from brag books. I&rsquo;ll add that those who have less opportunity to produce measurable results may also use brag books. Illustrate soft skills by packaging items such as notes of thanks for going the extra mile or emails recognizing the use of creative ideas to solve a problem.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I received a free copy of </em>How to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book<em> for review.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-brag-book-for-job-hunters-e-book-review-and-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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That's why it's important to <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/2008/11/12/being-a-better-employee-series-show-up-early/">become a better employee</a>. But the <em>kind </em>of employee you are also matters.</p> <p>Are you the very best at just one specific thing?&nbsp;That would make you a hammer.</p> <p>Or are you the versatile kind that can do lots of different things pretty well?&nbsp;You, my friend, are a swiss-army knife.</p> <h3>The Hammer</h3> <p>The hammer is powerful and everyone needs one. When you need to hang up a picture or put something together, it's hammer time. These are essential&mdash;the first tool I ever owned was a hammer.</p> <p>The problem with being a hammer is that it can't tighten a screw or take apart your computer (unless you're going to destroy it). Sure, it's valuable, but it doesn't have any versatility.</p> <h3>The Swiss Army Knife</h3> <p>Most people have one of these too&mdash;if you're going out camping or into any unkown situation, you'll probably want your trusty swiss-army knife. Why? Because you never know what you're going to need and these bad boys can pretty much do anything.</p> <p>Except for hammer a nail into the wall. While they're very versatile and do lots of things well, they don't do one specific thing better than any other tool. Its value lies in its versatility.</p> <h3>Which One Are You?</h3> <p>The ideal worker does lots of things and does them all incredibly well. But well-rounded people like that are very rare. Most of us fall into one of these two categories, and I'm curious which one is more valuable.</p> <p>Do you have more job security if you can help out in several different ways at work?&nbsp;It's kind of like diversifying your investments&mdash;being versatile can protect you from getting laid off better than someone that can only do one thing. It won't matter how good of a hammer you are if your company needs a screwdriver.</p> <p>But won't a hammer get promoted more often?&nbsp;Won't it get paid more money? Isn't that what specialized skills are all about? If you are the very best at something, even if that's all you can do, that counts for a lot.</p> <p>Either way, knowing which one of the two you are is a great start. Once you realize you're a hammer, then try to become better at other things and chip in where you can. If you're a swiss-army knife, pick one of your talents and try to develop it as much as you can. With a swiss-army knife and a hammer, you can pretty much do anything you want.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-ahead-at-work-are-you-a-hammer-or-a-swiss-army-knife">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-career-tips-your-younger-self-would-give-you">9 Career Tips Your Younger Self Would Give You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-your-coworkers-think-youre-a-slacker">6 Reasons Your Coworkers Think You&#039;re a Slacker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-stay-motivated-on-the-job">6 Ways to Stay Motivated on the Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wanna-put-away-some-cash-take-a-vacation">Wanna Put Away Some Cash? Take A Vacation!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-times-you-should-never-feel-guilty-at-work">8 Times You Should Never Feel Guilty at Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Productivity getting ahead getting promoted swiss army knife versatility work Mon, 18 May 2009 11:54:18 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 3175 at http://www.wisebread.com