Promotion

Dress Like A Boss: One Simple Promotion Strategy

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Are your closet conundrums affecting your climb on the corporate ladder?

A recent Robert Half study reveals that 80% of managers feel clothing choice affects a person's chance of being promoted.

With office dress codes ranging from leggings to suit jackets, the question remains: WHAT TO WEAR?

But let's be honest, your clothes aren't the real issue here. It's the thing behind the thing. Your choice of wear is the visual representation of your credibility, trustworthiness and confidence.

If you feel like you are in the 'worst dressed' category at work, try:

✔︎ A fashion service: Check out Stitch Fix (an online personal styling service) or Armoire (a clothing rental service) to try new styles.

✔︎ A coach: If you are local to Indianapolis, connect with Nicole Blair Wear, a personal brand and stylist expert.

How do you see this play out in your professional world? What resources do you recommend?

Move Forward in your Career: Speak Your Value

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Are you struggling to put words to your achievements or even claim them? You are not alone.

However, being cautious or unable to articulate your skills and experience incurs costs throughout your career especially when pursuing a promotion or a new job.

If you don’t find a way to speak about the value of what you’re doing, you send a message that you don’t put much value on it. And if you don’t value it, why should anyone else?
— Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith

Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith in their book, How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job recommend considering yourself as a product.

What are your most notable achievements that make you a trustworthy and likable product that people will want to buy? If you don’t know, spend a morning reflecting or journaling on the idea.

Once you have some thoughts, say them out loud to yourself with confidence, then to a couple friends or colleagues and so on.

Take time to believe in yourself! Do the work to proclaim your successes to propel your career forward.

Create Your Own Job: The Practice of Resume Writing

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I finally figured out a way to maximize my talents and get a better paycheck at my existing job.❞

I received this email from a resume coaching client last week about her new job - a promotion SHE created when a vacancy occurred in her company.

❝While we were reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, it occurred to me that I was just as qualified to do the job as any of the applicants. So I pitched the idea of absorbing the position and running my own department. Plus, it comes with a significant bump in pay.❞

Uncovering your value through the resume writing process gives you the courage to own it & speak up! How can you leverage your skills & achievements?