Wordle: job titles of attendees at Pancakes and Mash
Almost nothing is certain today. A decade ago, a college degree could guarantee you a job, and a Masters can almost guarantee you an even better job, but now, even applicants with a PhD can’t even get a decent paying job.

Today, it may not be enough that you enter the workforce with a diploma. The norms of the corporate world have changed considerably. Now, you need a whole lot of determination, hard work, and skills to make it in the real world. With the help of executive career coaching you can learn the rules of the modern workforce and navigate yourself to success.

Rule 1

Where you are now is temporary, so many things can happen from now and the next few months. A restructure in the organization, a retrenchment, another economic downturn, so many other factors may take place and it can all alter the course of your career before you know it. Consider your current position as stepping stone to better, bigger things.

Rule 2

Do not be confined in the comforts of your limited job description. While you perform at your best within the expectations set upon you, you need to go the extra mile and take the initiative to do more and learn more. Doing just what’s expected of you won’t be enough to keep your job when the big bosses decide whom to fire! Acquire new skills and experiences and seek out executive career coaching from your manager or a certified coach, so they can help you get you ready for bigger responsibilities.

Rule 3

Most companies today are after your soft skills as much as your acquired knowledge. Managers want team players, passionate workers, and quick learners. It’s not enough that you come with textbook knowledge. In today’s workplace, the need for an employee who can get the job done is what’s important.

Rule 4

Your experiences will draw the difference between success and failure. Companies today will give more value to the experiences and know-how you bring to the table, more than your job title. Sure, job titles sound great, but if you fail to deliver, your manager won’t care what your previous job titles were! Instead of relying on previous job titles, build on your experiences and project involvements. An impressive portfolio can wow people, it has more substance and concrete results than any job title ever invented. Executive career coaching will help you to identify your strengths so you can confidently project yourself and your experiences to different companies.

Rule 5

Your reputation is your most important asset. The way people perceive you, the projects you’ve been a part of and the people you’ve worked with form your professional reputation. Your ability to advance the ladder of success will be influenced by your reputation. Obviously, no one will want to hire you for a job and make you responsible over their business if you are known to be a difficult person.

Staying for years in a company does not assure a promotion. One moment you’re at the top of your game, and then the next you could be one of hundreds, laid off by a struggling company. If you want to keep your job, and increase your chances of getting a better job, the best thing you can do is observe the new rules of the workplace.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.