The One Word That Prom­ises Ca­reer Suc­cess

Pro­mo­tion been on your wish­list since for­ever? Cosmo re­veals how you can get there by just show­ing a lit­tle will­ing­ness

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CAREER - By Akanksha Chawla

Re­mem­ber that scene in Yes Man where Jim Car­rey’s new al­ter ego earns a fat pro­mo­tion cour­tesy of his toothy ‘ Yes!’ to every­thing? There’s a les­son to be learned from the I- cando- it- and- then- some- more at­ti­tude. When it comes to work, most peo­ple would rather not stay back late on Fri­day evening to com­plete a project or of­fer to take on a sick col­league’s work, but in the end, it’s the will­ing worker who gets no­ticed. “Sure, em­ploy­ers care about ex­pe­ri­ence and skill, but only to a de­gree. What peo­ple re­ally want is a ‘ yes per­son’— some­one who will do ( al­most) any­thing in the name of good busi­ness prac­tice,” ob­serves US- based Kristin Glenn, co­founder of fash­ion brand All of Us Rev­o­lu­tion on msca­reer­girl. com.

Be­ing a ‘ yes wo­man’ isn’t just about the word, it’s about an at­ti­tude that is will­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic. What bosses ev­ery­where re­ally want is some­one they can count on, who isn’t afraid to go the ex­tra mile and take on new chal­lenges. Not only will a ‘ Sure, I’ll do it’ out­look make the head hon­cho see you as some­one who is driven and com­mit­ted, it will also add new skills to your re­sume, mak­ing you in­dis­pos­able— and the per­fect can­di­date for a jump up the ca­reer lad­der. Here’s how to make ‘ YES’ your new catch­phrase and watch that pro­mo­tion roll right in...

1Toss out the ‘ No’:

So the of­fice is low on Spread­sheet ex­perts and your boss asks if you’re up to it... and God knows you’re no Ex­cel whiz. In­stead of the flat, “No, I don’t know how to do that,” show­case your ea­ger­ness: “I’m not an ex­pert, but I’ll prac­tice and def­i­nitely try my best with the spread­sheets.” Dis­play­ing your flex­i­bil­ity to ven­ture into the un­fa­mil­iar will earn you a nod where a flat- out re­fusal would fail. Like­wise, if your boss needs a Pho­to­shop job ready and you’re still work­ing on your crop­ping skills, of­fer to take the time out to prac­tice- un­til- per­fect and com­plete the as­sign­ment.

2Go where no­body wants to:

The boss needs a project done by 5pm and the of­fice fills with de­pressed sighs. Cheer­fully pen­cil­ing in the job on your packed to- do list will make your boss see you as some­one who takes ini­tia­tive, and comes through when there’s a cri­sis. Or there’s a staff pic­nic and ev­ery­one eases out with pa­per tow­els and plas­tic knives. Be the girl that brings in the brown­ies and vol­un­teers to stay back to clean up. “I once got a pro­mo­tion be­cause I vol­un­teered to chair a cam­paign for my com­pany ask­ing peo­ple for money— some­thing no­body likes to do. I met sev­eral se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, one of whom of­fered me a job down the road,” shares Bud Bi­lanich, USbased busi­ness coach at self­growth. com. “By say­ing yes— and de­liv­er­ing, you will set your­self apart from oth­ers and demon­strate your com­mit­ment to your ca­reer.”

3Show­case to the Big­wigs:

A lot of em­ploy­ees sim­ply stop and go home once their cur­rent as­sign­ment is done. But of­fer­ing to help a su­pe­rior with an as­sign­ment she’s work­ing on is a smart ca­reer move. “By shoul­der­ing some of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of a higher po­si­tion, you’re show­ing your boss that you’re up to the task,” says NYC ca­reer coun­sel­lor Lynn Berger on cos­mopoli­tan. com. “When it’s time to pro­mote some­one, they’ll look to the per­son who al­ready has the skills: you.”

4Put in the ex­tra:

No­body likes their happy- hour time ru­ined, but in the boss’ eyes, the best worker of all is eas­ily the one who doesn’t leave be­fore the job is done. When dead­lines are tough and your boss needs her back- up bri­gade, be the one that’s will­ing to stay on and get the work done. Of­fice mates out sick? Take on ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and shoot your su­per­vi­sor an e- mail later let­ting her know it took all week­end, but the learn­ing was worth it. “Seek op­por­tu­ni­ties to help with the work­load. When de­liv­er­ing on as­sign­ments, con­sider adding value by per­form­ing additional analy­ses and rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion that wasn’t asked for,” ad­vises US- based ex­ec­u­tive coach Dr Lois Frankel, in Stop Sab­o­tag­ing Your Ca­reer.

5Of­fer help:

“When peo­ple ask for your help, ex­tend it will­ingly and pleas­antly. You’ll gain a rep­u­ta­tion as a team player— some­one who’s will­ing to pitch in and do what­ever it takes to get the job done,” en­cour­ages Bi­lanich. You’re also likely to steal a skill or two from your col­leagues: “An en­tirely dif­fer­ent skill set is re­quired to be a valu­able team mem­ber than a suc­cess­ful team leader, and you want man­age­ment to see you ex­cel at both,” adds Frankel.

6Steal the ‘ Yes’ be­fore some­one else gets to it:

US- based Suzy Welch, former editor of the Har­vard Busi­ness Re­view, quotes a con­sult­ing firm CEO in her book, Win­ning: “You know why I never say no? Be­cause I think about the con­se­quences of some­one else say­ing yes. Some­one else gets my piece of the fran­chise.” Your turn down is just an­other ‘ Yes’ girl’s time to shine and take all the ben­e­fits.

7Ask for it:

Be the of­fice busy­body. Fix is­sues that oth­ers ig­nore. While col­leagues lurk on Youtube or take cof­fee breaks, be the of­fice ini­tia­tor. “Ask­ing for more work shows your in­ter­est and de­sire to help your depart­ment and com­pany suc­ceed— as well as putting a spot­light on your value,” ad­vises Dr Ran­dall Hansen, busi­ness coach on quint­ca­reers.com.

Be­neath the polka­dot scarf, she was all mus­cle!

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