“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it” – Maya Angelou
When it comes to career advancement, similar challenges yield very different results for women vs men. Here are a few interesting tidbits:
- Women are more likely to accept a salary for less than they are worth so that they can “prove themselves” first
- Men initiate negotiations four times as much as women at work
- Women are more likely to minimize their talents and wait to be recognized for good work instead of taking credit for their accomplishments
Curious about how you can differentiate yourself and advance your career?
I’m glad you asked! Here are a few powerful strategies for you to incorporate into your career management activities:
- Set clear goals. What do you want from your career? Managing your career through clear goal setting is very important to advancement and professional fulfillment. You have to know where you are headed and what you want. If you have trouble reaching your goals, break them down into manageable pieces and keep track of your progress.
- Promote yourself. Learn how to take credit for your accomplishments and seek opportunities to promote them. Need help? Observe others who are getting ahead. How do they promote themselves?
- Identify and leverage your communication style. This is a great tool for learning how to communicate more effectively with others and get ahead. Although we may think we are being understood clearly or delivering what is being asked, you may be perceived very differently than you think. Understanding your communication style will help you make your exchanges with others more purposeful and effective, as well as help you gain a better sense of how you are being perceived.