30 Days — 30 Career Management Tips

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Oct 01

For September, I gave myself a challenge: post one career management tip a day. The subject matter was easy as I love to write from the viewpoint of a Cubicle Warrior. The challenge was in writing thirty articles instead of my normal 20-25, plus writing articles that were not directly related to the career management tips series.

What I didn’t want to do is have one article with a simple listing of 30-tips. I wanted to go into a little more depth with each of the tips so that some reasoning and explanation could take place.

But it’s tough to scroll through the entire month of September to find those tips, so I am consolidating them here as well as placing all of them into the “Career Management Resources ” page here on Cube Rules.

Thanks for all of your comments and writing referencing these articles; I really appreciate it.

30 Career Management Tips for Cubicle Warriors:

  1. Formalize your networking. An article about the need to have a systematic way of maintaining contact with your network.
  2. Save for a layoff day. The need to have enough savings so that being laid off doesn’t restrict your choices in taking the next position.
  3. Separate Career Management from a company. Do not depend upon a company to plan your career.
  4. Know why you work where you work. Unless you know why you are working where you are, you won’t be able to evaluate opportunities.
  5. Owning your mistakes. Just do it.
  6. Give credit to others. It takes a village and a team to make things happen — acknowledge the work done by others.
  7. Provide personal communication. Twitter is not personal communication. Talking to people is.
  8. Marketing AND delivery support our Personal Brand. It’s not just creating a personal brand, it’s delivery that confirms your personal brand attributes.
  9. Brilliant information filtering. Given information overload, a critical skill is learning how to brilliantly filter information to get to the right data at the right time for the right thing.
  10. Have a mentor. Having a safe place to learn about business and evaluate your opportunities.
  11. Understand your task requirements. Tips to ensure that what you think is your task deliverable really is your task deliverable.
  12. Watch what people do, not what they say. You will find you can adjust your work behavior with a person by watching what they do and make the adjustment, not what they say.
  13. Find your mud. Embrace your work by proactively looking for what is late, what’s going wrong, and what needs improving — before fixing something simple turns into a blowup.
  14. Review your interview with a friend. You are too close to your interview; a friend can help you see what worked well and what could have been improved.
  15. Document your accomplishments. You have an annual review, right? Documenting your accomplishments as you complete them will help with this critical review.
  16. Provide your updated resume to your new manager. Changing managers every six months due to reorganizations means your new manager doesn’t know your past. Providing your updated resume enables your manager to know your strengths and kicks off career management discussions.
  17. Update your resume. Your resume is current right now, right?
  18. Network through change. Don’t pull back on your networking because of changes in your life. Networking during this time is more important than ever.
  19. Manage E-mail. The tool you love — and hate.
  20. Have a work management system. Too many tasks, not enough time…you need a system to manage it.
  21. Do something proactive every day. You fight fires all day. You will continue to do so unless you do something proactive to get some of those fires out.
  22. Define your work. The challenge of all knowledge workers is to define the work. It’s not easy.
  23. Monitor your own goals. If you aren’t monitoring your progress against your goals, you’ll end up someplace else.
  24. Manage your meetings. The greatest decision making forum — and the biggest waste of time on the planet.
  25. Have a digital reference system. With so much information coming in to knowledge workers, managing the information is a skill needed for your career.
  26. Prototype your work. Check with your customer early in creating your deliverable so that you are on track with their expectations.
  27. Control distractions. Look — a chicken! What was I doing?
  28. Resumes don’t lie. So don’t.
  29. Cubicle Warriors are Leaders. Individual leadership counts.
  30. Enjoy your work. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Enjoy the resource — and thanks for your continuing support of Cube Rules.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.