Keep Your Head Up
Written by Paige Carbone, CC
Certified Career and Life Coach
So, you didn't get the promotion you were up for, the raise you had hoped for, or the transfer you wanted and the position you could just picture yourself in.
Tips for keeping your head held high after you've been knocked down.
1. Take on a new and exciting challenge in the workplace. I expressed to my Director that I really enjoyed writing and was hoping to somehow bring this aspect into my current position. We are currently working together on the production our first newsletter and I wrote an article that will be published in the newsletter.
2. Join a professional group or association or focus group that will force you to attend events in your field, meet new people and network. Bring business cards and be ready to meet and greet!
3. Attend a workshop or seminar of interest. This is such a good way to meet new people from other fields and other companies, be out of the office cubicle for a bit, and learn something new. I always say that if you attend a workshop or seminar and walk away with one new piece of information or one new idea, then it was worth it. Most managers support professional development and look forward to an eager staff member willing to put in the time and energy to learn new skills.
4. Make a list of all the reasons why you are good at your job and your accomplishments. Keep it in a file and update and look at it often, especially if you need a pick me up. If your list is lacking, well then take some initiative to boost it up. If your list is lengthy...go you!
5. Come up with a brilliant idea to make something in your office run smoother or a better way to reach company targets/goals. Share it with the group or with your supervisor or manager and wait for the positive feedback.
6. Buy a new professional suit, blouse or pair of shoes and wear it with confidence and poise.
7. Don't give up. We have all known disappointment and frustration, especially in the workplace. Keep your head held high, smile, and be the best you can be.
Keep Your Head Up