Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 30, 2006
Ambitious workers looking to accelerate their careers in the New Year will find dozens of career advancement ideas in the booklet, "Accelerate Your Career; 133 Ways to Perform Better and Get Promoted Faster."
"Career advancement strategies that would have been unheard of 10 years ago -- like personal PR campaigns and independent transition coaching -- are being used by proactive managers and executives who want to accelerate their careers and stand out from the competition," said Dr. Jane Adler, author of the 16-page booklets and founder of TheRoadtoCEO.com.
According to leadership performance expert and co-author, Dr. Robert Karlsberg, "Today's top leaders achieve their positions based on performance, not entitlement. Ivy League educations and years of tenure with one company are far less important than getting results, and making sure that your performance is noticed by the people who count."
Here are some tips you can start on immediately to stand out from the crowd and get a head start on achieving your 2007 career goals.
1. Come Up with Something New -- You don't have to be in R&D to innovate. Come up with a new use for an existing product (like the Starbucks manager who invented the Frappuccino.) Develop a new spreadsheet, checklist or quality improvement program.
2. Become An Expert -- In today's business environment an expert is far more valuable than a "Jack of All Trades." In every field, specialists earn more than generalists. Find a niche that's an inch wide and develop your knowledge a mile deep.
3. Make a Name for Yourself -- Broaden your experience and increase your visibility by holding office in a professional group or community organization. Write articles. Speak at or organize a conference in your niche. These activities position you as a leader.
4. Always Make Your Boss Look Good -- Visibility is critical to your career, but don't forget that your boss is your number one customer. Don't make the same mistake as Carolyn Kepcher, Donald Trump's Apprentice co-star and Trump Organization executive, who allegedly spent too much time promoting herself and too little time focusing on the boss's business. As you promote yourself, do whatever you can to make sure your boss looks good.
5. Develop Portable Skills -- Today, the life expectancy of your career is greater than the lifespan of most companies. Focus as much time and energy as you can on projects that increase your visibility and enhance your career marketability.
6. Never Let Them See You Sweat -- Prepare in advance. Whether it's a networking event, a formal presentation or an informal meeting, the more thoroughly you prepare, the more natural and effortless your actions seem. Being prepared demonstrates that you can easily handle your current level of responsibility, and that you're ready to move up.
More tips are available in "Accelerate Your Career, 133 Ways to Earn More and Get Promoted Faster." The booklets are $7 each and can be ordered at http://www.TheRoadtoCEO.com or by sending your business card and a check or money order to The Road to CEO, 14406 Coral Gables Way, Suite 201, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
TheRoadtoCEO.com is a leadership development and executive coaching company specializing in psychological strategies that maximize career and business performance. We work with executives and entrepreneurs who want to accelerate their careers, build stronger organizational leaders, and achieve better business results, faster.