Assess What Is Important to You

Think carefully about what each of the words or terms below means to you, and then assess how they relate to what you want from work:

  • Achievement (accomplishing important things)
  • Aesthetics (attractive workspace)
  • Affiliation (membership in organization as a source of pride)
  • Alignment with boss
  • Artistic creativity
  • Autonomy & independence (most work self-determined, with limited direction from others)
  • Change & variety
  • Chaos (loosely defined environment; goals and priorities unclear)
  • Community activity
  • Commute
  • Competition
  • Creativity
  • Dual careers

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Surviving Office Politics

If your organization is rife with politics, improve your chances of survival by following these simple rules.

  • Observe the organization’s political style without getting involved in political struggles until you’re sure you know what’s going on. If you notice inconsistencies in the way the organization operates, continue to watch until you can more completely understand what the patterns and motivations are.
  • Build a network of

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Assess Your Skills and Interests

Educational Assessment

Every career starts in a classroom. Just to be sure you did not pass over a key moment in your formal education, consider these questions as you proceed:

  • What teachers did I like best and why? How did they help me learn about myself?
  • What teachers did I like least and why?
  • Which subjects did I like best and why? Do I see any connection

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Increase Your Visibility

Often your organizational visibility goes up when you increase your visibility in other arenas. Why not publish articles in trade or professional magazines or accept invitations (or volunteer) to speak at conferences? If you want to raise your visibility closer to home to demonstrate your commitment to the community, you could get involved in local politics. The point is that a nose-to-the-grindstone demeanor isn’t always … [ Read more ]

Understand the Organization’s Salary Structure

If you are already employed inside a company, then you have indirect access (and, perhaps, direct access) to the salary structure the company uses for pay decisions. The salary structure is not public knowledge, so you must ask around. Someone you know will know how the compensation is arranged within the organization. If you are considering a new job in a new part of the … [ Read more ]

10 Common Types of Bosses

  1. The Visionary. Creates a reality-distortion field that makes people believe the improbable.
  2. The Climber. Desperately wants to get to the top.
  3. The Bureaucrat. Believes the world would fall apart without rules and regulations.
  4. The Propeller-head. Used to be a top performing engineer.
  5. The Fogey. Been around since the days

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Troubleshoot Bad Boss Behavior

BNET asked five seasoned executives how they’ve tamed bosses with behavior problems. Here’s what they had to say.

  • Chronic Micromanagement
    Your Solution: Build a detailed plan for your projects, with regular milestones where you will report back for feedback. Invite your boss to review the plan and adjust it as necessary.
  • Vague Priorities
    Your Solution: Based on your best understanding, write

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