The world of work has never been more fluid and, with the rise of digital industries, the line between office and home is becoming blurred. It's safe to say the work/life balance has never been more of a struggle.
Some women manage to navigate this tricky terrain with ease, securing much-needed time off and loving their jobs at the same time – we’re always dying to know their secrets.
With the importance of LinkedIn and social platforms bleeding into the career zone and the growing opportunities to continually educate and expand skill sets, standing out in work or having your CV picked up has never been more competitive.
The Huffington Post have highlighted the issue in the below article. Here, they asked digital expert Jaleh Bisharat, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Elance o-Desk, to outline the top seven habits that all successful women must adopt to do well in their careers in these ever-changing times.
1. Craft your personal brand
Personal brand is growing in importance, as managers seek people with the right characteristics for fluid projects and teams. Think of your personal brand this way: when somebody encounters you for the first time, what do you want them to think? What do you bring to the table? Once you've identified this, deliver on it consistently. Then promote it in places that matter to your audience, including LinkedIn and Twitter.
2. Focus on the 20%
In this increasingly results-based economy, impact is more important than ever. Applying a framework to force prioritisation is an important step. Think of it this way: roughly 20% of the effort gets 80% of the result. I continuously ask myself and my team, "Is this work part of the 20%?"
3. Prioritise people
Work with great people and they will open doors for you. Simple.
4. Evolve yourself every day
It used to be that you attended university and then you went to work. Now, the demand for skills is changing and rapidly so. No matter how experienced you are, you need to be nimble. Successful people view education as a continuous, lifelong pursuit.
5. Articulate solutions, not problems
It is good to flag problems early. But successful people proactively find a solution.
6. Think outside the talent box
This is for you, entrepreneurs. When building your business, you no longer need to limit yourself to candidates within 50 miles of your office. We now have fresh ways to integrate talent. Do you only need a few hours a week of design? Consider hiring that talented part-time mum.
7. Build a high-performance culture
Wondering how to build a great culture with a virtual or blended team? Take the very best practices you have for face-to-face management and implement them in spades. Write down performance-based objectives with written deadlines; check-in frequently; give clear feedback and rewards; and treat virtual team members as kindly as people in your office
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