We, at Team Eazl, have been thinking about what role we want to play in the world of education because, really, it isn’t about us. It’s all about you and feeling empowered in your career. Whether you are a professional in the traditional workforce, an entrepreneur, or a freelancer, the more you know about how to build a good life for yourself through your career, the better. The less encumbered and “in the dark” you are about how things work, the more capable you are to truly have control over your life.
This kind of knowledge will help you be more financially prosperous, be and feel more valuable at work, find work relationships that are beneficial, understand how to build and demonstrate your own expertise, achieve independence, and be more of an asset to your community. And all of these things are important. After all, a majority of our lives are spent working and we have the power to make positive change in the world through loving what we do.
Empowerment brings us out of the shadows of self-doubt, unfair compensation or treatment, and feelings of negativity towards our work, our superiors, our employees, and our clients. Team Eazl wants to empower you to achieve what you want to do and we’ve created this list of 5 Ways to Feel More Empowered Today:
- Understand the power of owning your experiences and do it. Now.
One of the most common issues we see, especially with our Career Hacking and Resume students, is that people systematically neglect any claim over their experiences or expertise. Many seem to feel like they never have quite enough experience or value to feel worthy of going after their dream job or dream client. You will always be able to be more experienced than you are now. There are infinite possibilities for you and how much more talented and knowledgeable you can become at any given moment.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t embrace your past and the good work that you’ve done already, whether it’s years of service to a company and the responsibility that you’ve held as a freelancer or business owner or just a couple of years in the workforce. Or maybe even research you have completed as a grad student. Quantify your accomplishments and use the momentum you already have going to push even further with your career goals.
2. Know what you’re worth through research.
Don’t devalue yourself because an employer or client is too cheap to pay for quality. Research the rate or salary for someone in your field with your experience. If they don’t see that you are worth what you ask for, you either haven’t communicated your value effectively or they aren’t worth dealing with.
We talk about salary negotiation in our Career Hacking course and setting rates in our Freelance course.
3. Don’t be afraid to take risks
The days of lifetime service with a retirement plan are over. To be successful in this economy, it’s all about ownership and building the life you want for yourself. You’ll probably make many employment changes or find various ways of making money. Most importantly, no one is going to put you first except you.
To build the lifestyle and career you want, you might have to get comfortable with a little risk. Whether it’s leaving your full time job to start a business, asking for a raise you deserve, or investing some money into advertising your services, the pay-off from risk is net positive.
Many times, you profit from the risk. In the worst case scenario, you learn from it. For example, learning that an employer is unwilling to pay you market standard salary will at least allow you to realize you are in a bad employment situation and, as a result, your confidence about your skills will attract a better employer.
4. Embrace the power of CRM and use it to thrive in your work and personal life
CRM -or Customer Relationship Management- is something that Eazl has found can be easily applied beyond sales and marketing departments and we’ve made sure that we mention this technique in our courses. It can literally be used to build any type of relationship through your job search or business-building efforts. CRM will help you stay on the radar of your clients, colleagues, and industry peers.
5. Adapt a problem solving attitude.
Companies want to hire problem solvers and start ups and freelancers with problem solving missions are on the right track. In a world with such access to information, we need thought leaders and people of action to take that information and make it useful. Online courses play a crucial role in this kind of empowerment because you can literally learn almost anything you desire to learn and put it to use for yourself and others. Knowledge really is power.
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