On the fourteenth entry of Tristan’s Tips, our special guest Tristan Layfield shares a few methods on how to get the most out of where you are in your career.
Tristan: What’s going on, y’all? It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. Today we’re gonna discuss making the most of where you are. Are you eyeing that executive-level role and don’t understand why you aren’t there already? Are you consistently overlooked for promotions? Are you wrapped up in your side hustle and feel like your day job is getting in the way? So let’s be real here. If you said yes to any of those questions, odds are you may either hate your role or you may be slacking a bit and don’t even know it. You probably dread going in and are wondering, “Why am I here?” Believe me, I get it. I’ve been in that same exact spot. Nonetheless, you are in that job, and you need to make the most of it while you’re there. Sometimes it’s hard to see where the opportunities are, so I’m gonna try to make it plain for you. Is your 9-to-5 boring? If so, listen to educational and business podcasts and audiobooks that may help you get to that next level. Do you need new skills? Utilize the company’s learning management system to take courses and learn skills that would be valuable in your current role or for the roles you’re seeking. Are you planning on starting your own business? Study your 9-to-5’s business concepts, strategies, and tools. It’s like free business school. You get to learn from their mistakes. Want to know what another department does? Sit in on meetings if you’re allowed to or request some informational interviews of your own. You’d be surprised who will actually say yes. Do you need a certification or another degree to take your career to the next level but you’re strapped for cash? Utilize any tuition reimbursement programs or certification programs that the company has as a stepping stone. No matter how horrible we think a job is, we have to stop and realize how we can leverage our current roles to get to our future ones. We have to get out of the habit of asking for more when we haven’t mastered less. The resources your current job provides can assist you in getting to that next level. If you treat every day in the office like it’s practice, I can guarantee you’ll set yourself up for whatever your next move is. This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.