Monday,17 June, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1132, 24 - 30 January 2013
Monday,17 June, 2019
Issue 1132, 24 - 30 January 2013

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: First job advancement basics

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.


Want to kick up your career a couple of notches? Consider these expert pieces of advice to get you to the next level at your job.

Play up your strengths: Use all your unique skills and talents to make yourself stand out. Volunteer to take the lead on different activities in the company and don’t let anyone tell you your youth is a weakness.


Become an expert at your specialty: Once you’ve found your specialty at work, use it to get noticed. Distinguish yourself early in your career; it’s the place where you can become a go-to contact.


Find a mentor: Though finding a mentor seems like a no-brainer, the right one can be much more than just a role model. You’ll be able to get a full view of your boss’s lifestyle, his working hours and the projects he works on. Also, that mentor may get you great connections and perhaps even a job, as he trusts your quality of work.


Be generous with your contacts: Information generosity is not slowing us down, or hurting us in any way. Even competitors are teaching trade secrets, because you never know who can open a door for you.


Get noticed at networking events: In meeting with lots of important people in one place you should:

1. Present a business card.

2. Follow up the next day with an e-mail or call.

3. If someone offers advise, send a thank you card.

4. Utilise your connections there, like friends, parents’ friends, etc.

5. Tell people what you do, who you are and who you want to be.

6. Listen, contribute and simply run a conversation.


Go after the next challenge: If you’re doing well in your current role and have earned trust, that’s a signal to go for the next challenge. Suggest something that nobody has thought of and volunteer to take the lead. You may not always get a yes. You have to be persistent. Don’t get discouraged.


Stop being afraid of no: Don’t be afraid to ask for anything, be it a raise, feedback, or a meeting with one of your superiors. If you don’t ask, somebody else will. Remember: the worst thing someone can say is no.






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