How To Position Yourself For Promotion in Your Office

How To Position Yourself For Promotion in Your Office
One of the things I have noticed from my experience in the work place is that promotion is not always based on employee’s devotion to work but, as a result of some combined behavourial activities in the part of those employees. Some people are so naive to think that their over devotion to work is the only thing that can earn them promotion in their office.

Many will see this statement as untrue, but the fact remains that the people who faithfully give their best to their job are sometimes the most neglected. It might interest you to know that your devotion to work are most times not noticed by your superiors but usually observed by your counterparts who most at times perceive it as offensive. Our emphasis in this article is not to discourage hard work and utmost devotion but to encourage extra skills that will bring such good works to light.

There are many skills that when properly applied, position an employee for first consideration anytime the case of promotion is raised. This article will discuss a number of them, giving practical examples where necessary. Enjoy the gist below…

1.    Be Nice to Your Boss and Colleagues

To be generally accepted in your office, you need to be nice to everyone around. You need to be nice to your present boss and other of your colleagues. This is because your promotion is somehow dependent of such people at times. They will be the people to recommend and endorse you in  most cases. Therefore, socialize with everyone in the office to maintain a cordial relationship.

2.   Be informed at All Time

You need to be abreast with trending information in your environment at every moment. Always have something to give anytime you are called upon. Full knowledge of your office and industry will always be an added advantage to you when measured with you colleagues. Be good at information at the public domain. To have your boss have you in mind first when considering who to occupy a better position, you need to get him trust your knowledge capacity. Therefore, always try to update yourself with information that matters on your industrial sector.

3.   Make Constructive Contributions

Many organizations do organize general meetings on interval basis. Having known your days for meeting, prepare yourself before hand for positive contributions which could also be smart questions. Also, prepare yourself very well any day you were called upon to train. Your presentations can make you to be positively rated by the management without your knowing it.

4.    Sell Your Achievements

Use every slight opportunity to pass across your little achievements to the growth of your organization or office. I am not of the opinion that you should be singing your own praises every time, but smartly sell your contributions at every slightest chance. This will help to position you on the right track to promotion in the minds of the management.

5.    Be Grateful

Always appreciate any good done to you by your boss and colleagues. In so doing, they will see you as a thankful person and not an ingrate. Humans have the nature of appreciating being thanked for their favours, if you are the type that doesn’t return to say ‘thank you’ when someone does you favour then you should learn to do that. It matters a lot as far as human beings are concerned.

With the power of hard work, keen devotion to work and the tools shared above, we believe the sky will not be your limit in job growth and promotion. Let us know how this article has affected your life. Bye for now.
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Practical Secrets For Building a Successful Career

Practical Secrets For Building a Successful Career
Building a great and successful career can be a herculean task. This explains why out many that desire career success, only few ends up achieving it. The truth of the matter is that successful career calls for lots of responsibilities and commitment. As every successful man has a story to tell, every successful career has a secret. Success is not a chance phenomenon rather; it is a product of coordinated efforts.

To be successful, one has to pay his/her dues to do so. Every successful people you see today once paid their dues somehow. Therefore, you should be ready to pay your own due to build a successful career. The good news about these dues is that it is something you can handle. Career success is not necessarily about your educational qualifications, though pertinent.

Research has shown that out of two persons with the same educational qualification, one advances more than the other. The question now is why and is there any secret behind it? Yes there seem to be a secret and that secret is on self-development. Your skills are what make your career stand out from the crowd. Specialized skills are very important in career success.

We all want to get promoted in our jobs, and achieve the job titles that go along with those promotions. This is a mistake. People get so focused on what they should do that they lose sight of what they could do. Your success in the long run won't come from working for a dream company or holding a prestigious job title. It depends on the skills and abilities you learn and bring to the table. Think of your career in terms of building blocks, each block representing a set of skills. Do whatever it takes to acquire the skills that will help take you to the next level. This takes guts and a willingness to turn a traditional career path on its head.
To build skill based career that repositions you from your equals, attention should be given to the following:

Know your values

The place to start building career success is with yourself. First, discover your values. Values are the core principles that run your life. The more your career aligns with and honors your values, the deeper the sense of satisfaction you will derive from what you do.

Play to your strengths

Second, find your strengths. It is easier and a lot more fun to play to your strengths than to compensate for weaknesses. A great resource for identifying your strengths is Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath where you buy the book and then take an on-line assessment which generates a report of your top 5 strengths. Then see how you can start playing to YOUR strengths!

Live your passions

Some people are able to live their passions every day. For others, tapping into passions is more challenging. Passions are often buried by belief systems and judgments that convince you that what you love is not worthy of or capable of sustaining you in a career. If that is your situation, think back to those childhood passions and see what it would take to introduce more of those things into your life right now.

Stay flexible

There are probably a number of different areas that you could see yourself working in. Experiment and see what you like best! Volunteer at a local non-profit. Join a committee. Take a class.

Network

Here's the real secret of career building: the best jobs come up because someone who knows you thinks that you would be the right person for the job. So networking is a critical piece of career success. Yet many people are afraid to network, thinking that it is somehow impolite to ask others for help. Even worse, they way wonder why anyone would want to spend time with someone new to the field.

And here's another insight: networking does not have to be scary. Think of networking as connecting with another person so that the two of you are in sync and are relevant to each other. Yes, you have something to contribute! People are always looking for talent and those big executives/stars were once beginners just like you.

Get support

Seek out people who understand your situation or are a positive influence. Join a support group or create your own with like-minded friends. Hire a coach. Form your own personal board of directors. This is not the time to be with naysayers!
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5 Profitable Businesses One Can Do With Little or No Capital

5 Profitable Businesses One Can Do With Little or No Capital
There is this popular saying that you need money to make money. In most cases this saying is usually correct but, sometimes it is rendered invalid by some combined factors. When it comes to starting a business, what first comes to mind is the capital for starting up. In fact, capital has rendered many wonderful business ideas handicap. Many people who have one business idea or the other are held captive as a result of lack of capital.

While most of the lucrative business ventures require a reasonable amount of capital to carry out, there a few that requires little or no capital to run profitably. The purpose of this article is to expose the hidden truth that money is not everything required to grow a profitable business. This is because many people who are unemployed today give money as an excuse for their idleness.

Interestingly, one of the easiest and low cost; but at the same time profitable business opportunities any entrepreneur can venture into is a service business. Unfortunately, most aspiring entrepreneurs usually shy away from such businesses; despite the fact that it is the easiest to start up as it requires specialized knowledge or skill.

Another interesting part of it is that one can start a such a business right from home; with little or no inventory and operational cost. Another benefit of service businesses is that entrepreneurs will pay anything just to see an increase in sales and profit. If you have been contemplating what business to start, this might just be the answer to your quest.

Now, what and what does it take to start business to business services? Well, it really doesn’t take much, as it can cost you zero capital and only sweat. You can also start this business from home as a self employed to avoid much expenses; and run small until you begin to turn in profits. Thereafter, you can consider renting an office space and hiring employees.

Meanwhile, the most important thing you need to start a service business is specialized knowledge or skill; because this is what your client will be paying for. Therefore, you must be an expert at something. Interesting, being an expert at something or having a specialized skill doesn’t necessarily require you be a college or university graduate.

Skills for being successful in service business can be acquired through attending of seminars, workshops or apprenticing with an established expert. After garnering your skills, you can then proceed to gain some real life experience. After you must have undergone these, you are good to go with your service business. Having said all this, below are 5 business services you can start with little or no money.

Logo Design

Logo design service demand as become a lucrative venture. With small businesses looking for possible avenues to set themselves apart from competition; having a unique eye catching logo is definite one way to achieve that. If you can design eye catching logos; then get into the logo design service business. You can even partner with a brand consultant or marketing consultant to get more business.

Business Plan Writing Services

Just like the case of feasibility research; it might interest you to know that most entrepreneurs avoid the herculean task of writing a business plan. In fact, most entrepreneurs don’t even know how to write a business plan that has the capacity to attract investors and they are not willing to commit time to learn it. If you can satisfy this need; you have a business on hand.

Social media consultancy

The world is going social media crazy. If you know how to generate traffic and improve brand awareness on social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, then you can become a social media consultant and make good money from companies for yourself.

Event Management

Interestingly, most small business owners love being part of summits, expos and tradeshows but; not all know how to go about it or how to package their product and services at such shows. This need creates a vacuum for smart entrepreneurs who have an eye for business event packaging.

Press release writing

Free publicity is something that every business owner desire but unfortunately; only few know how to do it very well. In case you are good at writing press releases that’s sure of getting published, why there are business owners that are willing to pay a fee to increase brand awareness via public media.

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Why Chat With Your BB, Tablet and Android When You Can Make Cool Money With It?

Why Chat With Your BB, Tablet and Android When You Can Make Cool Money With It?
Sometimes I when I sit down to think, my mind runs down to those days when only few people has access to the internet. Those days when you had to take a fair to visit a cyber cafe in order to use computer and internet services. Unlike those days, nowadays internet access is common and everybody can now afford it.

With the introduction of smart phones and other devices, more people now have access to the internet than what the case used to be. Telecommunication companies have actually made it easy and cheap for average people in the society to have internet access.

Regrettably, higher percentage of the world is not optimally utilizing the development. More people I know are more disposed to consumption mentality. They often fail to channel the opportunities of the internet to their own advantage. It is a fact that every 8 out of 10 young people use their smart phones for fun than research and development. Social media seems to be preferred to personal development that can be achieved via those devices.

There is this wind of social media mania that is blowing around the world. People who buy smart phones these days feel more comfortable chatting and posting than engaging in creative and rewarding venture, unlike those days when people sought for such opportunities to improve themselves.

This article is targeted a calling the attentions of the already straying people on the need to take advantage of the advancement in ICT to better their lives. In fact, there are many things people can do with the range of phones that are available in the society today. A whole lot of things that can put money in the pocket of their users if seriousness is attached to it. Below are a number of activities that one can use BB, Tablet and Android phones to do and never complain of hunger any more.

Affiliate

Like the saying goes, “nothing good comes easy”. Making money online as an affiliate isn’t easy. But there are lots of people worldwide that are making over $1,000,000 a year doing it. Most of those people would not be successful without formal help and training. Affiliate stores are web stores where people purchase items on a site, but through a third party.

Amazon is one of the most popular affiliate programs in the world, but with low commissions. Fortunately, it’s not just Amazon that one can affiliate with; there are 1,000 affiliate programs to choose from. Although Amazon can be lucrative, there are some much better options out there, allowing affiliates to earn up to 75% commission in some cases! An interesting part of this affiliate is that it offers you the opportunity to work in your own time.

Social media consultant

It is normal for larger firms to hire an agency or full-time staff member to run their Facebook and Twitter accounts, but small businesses often have to handle their own social media marketing. As a result of so many other responsibilities, business owners are often too busy or overwhelmed to spend time developing and implementing a great social media strategy. As a consultant, you can help them determine the best tactics, posting schedules and content for their target audience. As their follower count grows, so will your business.

Blogging

Blogging has probably become a platform through which many people make money online. Starting a blog is not actually as hard as you may think. All you need is to sign up your own account using either Google Blogger or Wordpress. To make money online from a blog you need to concentrate specific niche to draw loyal visitors. You can earn cash using:

•    AdSense
•    Selling banner advertisements
•    Affiliating to sites such as Amazon & eBay
•    Offer premium services or member areas

eBook author

T o make it as an eBook author, you need to have a measure of knowledge on a particular subject that you want to share with the public.  With e-readers now on the increase, self-publications have become a reality for many writers who might never get picked up by publishing companies. With the right marketing tools, you can successfully publish your own books on anything from cooking and weight loss to real estate

Teaching online courses

You don’t necessarily need a degree in education to teach people how to do something you know inside and out. You can help others enrich their lives by offering classes in an area you’re passionate about, like yoga, exercise, fashion,  baking etc. You can even create instructional packets and videos for download from a website, or schedule real-time Skype lessons with clients. Thousands of people go online dialing looking for help on certain areas, your expertise can be the solution they sought.
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