Don’t Get Caught in the Negotiating Trap

April 4, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week we look at the impact mentors can have on your career, how a woman’s age and location impact her career ambitions, and four secrets for figuring out what should be doing with your career.

Having The Right Resume Can Only Get You So Far
You’re never too old for a mentor. Carolyn Slaski talks about how she found a mentor at EY who did more than champion her professionally, but who was a friend to her personally. Good mentors are invaluable because, not only can they influence your decisions, but they can also unlock your “superpowers”—the unique set of skills you bring to the table—and help you make a real impact at work and beyond. Carolyn’s mentor reminded her that your resume will only get you so far, but having confidence in yourself and your unique experiences is by far your most powerful advantage. Read Article»

Women Are Losing Ambition As Their Careers Progress, Study Finds
The glass ceiling is halting ambition as well as achievement. Egon Zehnder’s Fiona Packman tells Fortune that women start out with the world as their oyster in a number of geographic regions. They’re ready to go for it right out of university, but that feeling dissipates as their careers progress. Women approaching the glass ceiling also appear to have the lowest rates of mentorship and advocacy in the workplace. The article argues that either women stop seeking out workplace advocates as they approach senior management or the companies stop offering them resources. Read Article»

Self-made millionaire Tory Burch shares the best career advice Anna Wintour gave her
Be focused. Anna Wintour reminded Tory Burch that there will be a lot of people who will try and weigh in on your decisions, especially when you are in a time of crisis, but remaining focused and maintaining a belief in yourself will keep you grounded. Embrace your unique perspective and use it as a position of strength when negotiating tough waters. Read Article»

The Career Advice No One Tells You
How come some people are CEOs by their early 30s and others are struggling to work their way up? These achievers who are excited about their careers understand the following: Job requirements are negotiable. People who aren’t willing to break the rules waste time to get to their destination. Impostor syndrome is actually a good thing. If you believe you can get where you want to go, then you’ll get there. What’s “realistic” is just an illusion. Don’t let what you’ve been exposed to define your dreams. And, don’t pick a career based on average salaries or employment numbers. If you want to be great. Be great. Read Article»

Former Google Career Coach Shares 4 Secrets For Figuring Out What To Do With Your Life
Yahoo Finance
Objects that are at rest stay at rest, while objects in motion stay in motion. To avoid getting stuck in one place in your career you should come up with a goal and apply these four tactics: Draw a mind map so that you can focus on what interests you; Think of personal or work projects you can begin to engage yourself; Focus on the skills you’d like to have and plan how to acquire them; Don’t let fear stop you from taking the first step. Read Article»

A Harvard Business School Professor Shares 3 Negotiation Traps Every Employee Should Look Out For
Business Insider
Don’t get caught in the trap! Michael Wheeler wants to make sure you avoid these three traps when negotiating for your company: (1) Never negotiate without a license; employees should always be aligned with management on what you’re aiming for, what’s allowed, and what you walk away from. (2) Never miss an opportunity to post-mortem a negotiation after the fact. You’ll sharpen your skills and develop a repertoire of what worked for future negotiations. (3) Don’t betray your values. Ensure your boss understands your moral compass so you’ll be able to feel comfortable balancing fairness to the customer with the interests of the company. Read Article»

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