Part of empowering my clients to succeed in their careers is challenging them to grow, and growing involves attitude—or mindset—as much as anything else. A growth mindset as described in Mindset, the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, PhD is essential for anyone who wants to remain relevant in today’s workplace. And that means acquiring the skills and knowledge needed not only for today’s needs but for tomorrow’s as well. How do you do that when you have a demanding career and a frantic family life?
Expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to require an immense time or financial commitment. You can read a book, take an online course, earn a professional credential, get involved in an industry organization, attend professional conferences or association meetings, expand your professional network, find a mentor, engage a “buddy” coach, volunteer for a “stretch” opportunity at work, and take advantage of on-the-job learning/development opportunities.
Growing your knowledge base can be as easy as borrowing a couple of career- or industry-oriented books from the library and sharing what you’ve learned with your boss or a colleague who shares your interests and may be helpful in advancing your career.
The hardest resumes to write are for those individuals who haven’t anything of value to mention beyond their job descriptions. When you’re in the job market, you’re competing against other candidates. What sets you apart? What makes you special? What have you done that shows your initiative, confidence and enthusiasm for what you do? How have you increased your value to your employer?
Today’s employers seek talent that will continue to provide value as market dynamics, technologies, customer preferences and business models evolve. Many employers show their existing workforce out the back door as they embrace new talent with relevant skills at the front door. Which door is in your future?
Ellie Vargo, MRW