Be the Person for the Job You Want

“I know. You’ve heard it a thousand times: Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got. But I think this message goes far beyond the clothes you wear every day: It’s how you present yourself in meetings and at office events, how you interact with staff both above and below you, and how seriously you take your work.” – Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Muse

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Take a Career Inventory

I often advise people to take a “skills inventory” from time to time. Knowing what skills you have – both professionally and otherwise – make it easier to spot upcoming opportunities and take advantage of them. But I also feel it’s important to periodically inventory your career.

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Build Solid Bridges

The relationships we create in our careers are like bridges: every single one is important, even if you don’t know it right now, and it’s worth building them as solidly as you can.

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Career vs. Job

This is a topic I hit up every now and again, because I feel there’s always people who could hear it again, or who are maybe hearing it for the first time. It’s simple: your job is not your career.

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Breaking Silos

Yesterday’s post was in response to a colleague who’s been asked to speak at an upcoming conference panel. Part of the title of the panel is “Breaking Silos,” and I love that phrase.

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An Amazing Job Interview

I’ve recently been interviewing people for a job on my team, and I have to tell you: the more interviews I do, the more I learn about what a great interview can look like.

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[career] Navigating Your Career

I get a ton of questions from folks related to “career navigation.” That is, how do you “set yourself up” for whatever’s next in your career, and how do you even decide what that is?

Let me start with this:

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AMA: Becoming an Executive

Jason asks:

Before asking my question I would like to say thank you for your contributions to the Powershell community. I’ve read several of your books particularly both lunches books and a few of your ebooks. Powershell has had a profound impact on my IT career especially in improving my productivity and effectiveness.

At this midpoint in my career I am evaluating pursuing an MBA. However I don’t want to make the financial and time commitment without a clear idea of how an MBA plays in to a career trajectory that lands at a CTO or equivalent position. What from your experience is required to make that transition executive management.

And here’s the list of everything asked so far. 

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AMA: Multi-generational management

Tony asks:

I know you’ve been in management positions before. Have you ever had to be managed by someone younger than you, though? Or have you ever had to manage people older than you? How does it work out?

And here’s the list of everything asked so far.

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AMA: What’re the Opportunities in Writing?

D. checks in with:

I met you briefly at Summit this year (I know you meet a lot of people so I don’t expect you to remember) and I was wondering if you could offer some advice.

Like many in the PS community I work full-time in IT, but I also do a lot of freelance writing for a few different sites. I started writing about a year ago primarily for some side income but also obviously because I love what I write about and wanted to become active in our community. In addition I am also active on Twitter and I am looking to increase my public speaking opportunities.

I guess for the time being I am trying to walk in the foot steps of yourself and others who have done the same sort of work. I am hoping you could provide some insight into what future opportunities would be possible based on writing, speaking, etc. I see certain people become tech advocates, authors for example. For me, understanding what is possible would probably help me decide what direction I would like to take in the future. Being you are prominent in our field, I think you probably have a good idea of what avenues are possible.

I hope you’ll ask a question, too! Visit here for info. And here’s the list of everything asked so far.

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