A Piece of Career Advise You Can Apply Today

Apply one piece of advice to help your career work better for you

Today’s post is about inspiring you to choose one thing you can do now to help your career work better for you. We’ve listed three of the best pieces of advice offered by experts in conversation with Business Insider. If you have heard these before, remember that it’s because these are tried and true! To read the full article, click here.

1. Say 'yes' to the scary stuff

Another career coach once told me to say "yes" to things you don't think you can do. Whether it's applying for a higher-level job, taking on a new task at work, or learning a difficult new skill, one of the best ways to rapidly level-up or advance your career is to say "yes" to the scary stuff. 

This might mean accepting an offer when it's given to you or proactively suggesting something you'd like to take on. It's not that you shouldn't be scared to do these things — be scared and do them anyway.

 Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs

2. Get out of your comfort zone

Don't be afraid to try new things. Getting out of your comfort zone is key to getting ready for your next role. Remember, sometimes the ride is bumpy, and you don't get it perfect the first time, but that's the process to go through to learn and grow.

— Michelle Armer, director of HR operations at CareerBuilder

3. Always be building your brain trust

I didn't get this advice, but I learned it by doing, and now it's what I tell others: Always be building your brain trust. This is the web of contacts you can call on when you have questions or need expertise beyond yours. 

Meet colleagues you have a good feeling about, but don't work directly with. Have coffee (virtual or real) with teammates in other locations. Get to know the corporate vendors (digital, legal, policy, creative) who do good work. Follow up with promising job candidates who didn't get or accept an offer. These are all people you may want to call on over time for ideas, questions, or reality checks. The broader your network, the smarter you'll be.

—Karen Wickre, former editorial leader at Google and Twitter, and the author of the forthcoming book "Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert's Guide to Making Connections That Count

We hope you can find application for at least one of these items in your work this week. Another tip: try coworking. If you normally work alone, coworking can be a great change of pace to see if your workflow and sense of focus respond well to sharing a space. Plus, in a coworking space, there are plenty of people to meet and talk with when you’re taking a break from your screen. Come visit us in Salt Lake City if you’d like to try our space. We have locations conveniently located Downtown and in Sugar House.

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