A varied group of experts were asked to provide suggestions for Globe and Mail readers on what they can do in the coming year to advance their careers. Here are some pointers that weren’t covered in the main story:
Embrace the digital you
Embrace your online professional identity, says Ian Christie, director of Graduate Career Services at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Whether it’s a one-page branding site or an authentically powerful LinkedIn profile, take charge of how you articulate and market your offering and how you connect with your network.
Focus on the fix
Present solutions, not problems, says Peggy Cunningham, dean of management at Dalhousie University. Many people are able to provide criticism and see all the things that are going wrong or the reasons why something cannot be accomplished. Think instead in a more positive light and see what might be accomplished, or suggest a solution to a problem or a means of overcoming a barrier.
Rise above being average
Be so great at what you do that nobody can take their eyes off you, says success coach Robin Sharma. He recalls the time comedian Steve Martin was asked by a young comic how to become world class. Mr. Martin’s reply: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Mr. Sharma says the bar has been set so low in business that most people have resigned themselves to “the cult of the average.” A giant opportunity therefore exists if you aim to be “Picasso-level” at what you do.
Get involved in volunteering
Volunteer outside of work to build skills and opportunities, advises Mark Franklin of Career Cycles. Serving on the board of directors of a volunteer organization or as a key volunteer can help you build new, important skills.
Polish your credentials
Resolve to become accredited in your profession in 2013, says Silvana Saccomani, a reader from Calgary who recommended this New Year’s look at career advancement. As co-director of professional business standards at the International Association of Business Communicators, her suggestion might be perceived as self-interested, but it is good advice if such accreditation would make you more attractive to current or future bosses.
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