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Overview

Many professionals sabotage their careers and sacrifice job satisfaction because they don't know how to overcome obstacles to career success. This book gives them tips and techniques to beat these career barriers. It identifies the elements of a successful career and lays out steps that help workers become more engaged at work. Candid, practical advice shows the reader how to counter weaknesses, correct damaging behaviors, defuse political situations, communicate for better control, and more. This guide is for the professional who wants to earn a promotion or raise, and get those plum assignments!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781598699814
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/17/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur D. Rosenberg (New York/New Jersey) is a consultant. He specializes in business analysis, project management, documentation, corporate communications, and training. He has influenced the career development of hundreds of individuals at more than forty of the top corporate and educational institutions including New York City Housing Authority, U.S. Department of Education, UPS, AT&T, Citibank, Prudential, Marsh & McLennan, Schwab, Time Inc., Scholastic, Viacom, and Paramount Pictures. He also gives career-related seminars to professional and minority groups. His previous books include The Resume Handbook, Manipulative Memos, and Ace the Technical Interview

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Table of Contents

About the Author xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Choose a Career Wisely 1

1 Dream the possible dream 1

2 Map out your career path 3

3 Don't settle for what you don't really want 5

Chapter 2 Control Your Image 7

4 Conquer yourself and Everest will lie at your feet 7

5 Tune in to the world outside your head 12

6 It's not just who you know, but how well you get along with them 13

7 When you ask a question, be sure to listen to the answer 15

8 The best way to interest people in you is to pay attention to them 17

Chapter 3 Communicate Effectively 20

9 Effective communication can eliminate the majority of management problems 20

10 Keep your goal in sight, or your career may disappear 21

11 Strike before the iron melts 23

12 Listen in order to understand 25

13 Written records outlive careers 30

Chapter 4 Practice Self-Promotion 32

14 You are your most precious asset 32

15 Focus on what the other guy wants and expects 33

16 Being subject to influence is the key to influencing others 36

17 If you want it, ask for it 37

Chapter 5 Improve Your Leadership Skills 40

18 Manage things, lead people 41

19 Leading is about us, not me 42

20 The boss says, "Do it!"; the leader says, "Let's do it!" 43

21 Give praise, take blame 46

22 Question and encourage 49

Chapter 6 Use Power and Control Wisely 50

23 Empower yourself through an awareness of the forces around you 51

24 Use the least of what you've got to get the most of what you want 52

25 The more you know, the more power you can bring to bear 56

26 Manage power through control 57

27 Self-control is applying to yourself the same principles and techniques you impose on others 58

Chapter 7Know Which Tools to Develop 62

28 Use 'em or lose 'em 62

29 Initiative is the single most important factor in being regarded as an asset 66

30 Entrepreneurs are those who pick up what others fail to notice 70

31 Half your skills become obsolete every four to six years, and the clock is ticking 74

32 Tell yourself the truth, and make an effort to listen 76

Chapter 8 Maintain Your Integrity and Discretion 78

33 If you know it's wrong, don't do it; if you think it's wrong, reflect upon it carefully 79

34 Be worthy of your trust 80

35 Life is short; spend your time with people you like 83

Chapter 9 Preserve Your Health 88

36 Don't wait until you're too ill to appreciate your greatest asset 88

37 Stress is a standing invitation that need not be accepted 89

38 Learn to manage stress before it mangles you 91

39 Accepting criticism can be valuable, even when it isn't valid 92

40 A healthy mind needs a healthy place to live 93

Chapter 10 Understand Your Objectives, Goals, and Priorities 94

41 Objectives provide your career with a sense of purpose 94

42 Establish goals you will be proud to achieve 97

43 To get somewhere you must first know where you are 97

44 Whatever got you here may not get you any further 99

45 Reach for the stars and explore the limits of your potential, but don't target the unattainable 100

46 Prioritize, or spin your wheels 104

47 Being there is only a stop along the way to somewhere else 110

Chapter 11 Learn from Mistakes 112

48 Don't hesitate to abandon your faults 112

49 If it's broken, fix it 113

50 Never blame, never complain 114

51 Intelligence is learning from your own mistakes; wisdom is learning from the mistakes of others 116

Chapter 12 Fit Into the Corporate Culture 120

52 The opposite of fitting in is sticking out 120

53 Keep your eyes open-things are never what they seem at first 121

54 Unwritten laws need to be carefully read 122

55 To compete effectively, learn the rules better than everybody else 123

56 The things you allow to start badly are likely to end the same way 123

57 When opportunity knocks, open your door 125

Chapter 13 Adjust to Change 127

58 Ready or not, the future is coming 127

59 Never get too comfortable 128

60 Focus on the disparity between what can and cannot be changed 129

61 Ideas that worked in the past may not apply to current issues 130

62 All habits can be changed 131

63 Once you've recognized the need for change, accept it as a challenge 133

Chapter 14 Decide Whether to Stay or Leave 134

64 Read the handwriting on the wall - every day! 135

65 Tune in to the information network 138

66 Use your motivation to activate your talent 140

67 Marketable skills are the only job security you can count on 141

68 Be a high achiever without overreaching 143

Chapter 15 Manage Your Time and Timing 147

69 Don't wait too long to take advantage of an opportunity 147

70 Time your efforts; timing isn't everything, but nothing works without it 148

71 You can't afford to waste time-the amount of time you're born with is all you get 150

72 Never agree to unreasonable deadlines, and make sure to meet the ones you do accept 155

Chapter 16 Be Decisive 156

73 Let he who would move the world first move himself.-Confucius 156

74 Beware alternatives to wise decisions 157

75 Make timely decisions-procrastination multiplies the risk factor 160

76 A positive self-image promotes courage by creating an expectation of success 162

77 The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet.-Lao-Tzu 165

Chapter 17 Make the Right Move 168

78 Turning down an assignment can turn off the boss 168

79 Justify your highest expectations of yourself 171

80 Be an asset 171

81 Doing something well is a waste of time if it isn't worth doing 174

82 Careers extend beyond the office 176

83 Offer a convincing reason for refusing to relocate if you want to keep your job 182

84 It's easier to ask for what you want right now than to refuse what you don't want later 183

Chapter 18 Do Your Homework 185

85 Make career planning a part of every day 185

86 A bad plan is better than no plan, because it can be improved 186

87 Focus on the objective first, and how to achieve it second 187

88 Before investing in a brave new world, collect everything worth saving from this one 189

89 The better you prepare, the luckier you'll be 192

90 If at first you don't succeed, look for a better way to do it 193

Chapter 19 Network to Success 194

91 There are people out there who know things you don't 194

92 Don't waste your time, or theirs 196

93 Most professional positions are found through networking 199

94 Networking pays off your investment with interest 201

95 Know your purpose, and communicate it clearly 204

Chapter 20 Control Your Interviews 210

96 Poor interviews may leave you unemployed 210

97 Answer honestly and volunteer nothing 213

98 Preparation will increase your confidence 216

99 Prepare a game plan 219

100 Anticipate obvious questions 224

101 No job is worth misrepresenting yourself 228

Appendix 230

Index 235

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