What are you doing to move forward?
You probably find yourself in one of the following situations: you want to earn money on the side; you’d like to get a raise at your job; you need to look for a new job; or maybe you don’t have a job but need one.
To start with, whatever your situation, there are important questions to ask yourself: Do I truly have the right knowledge or skills to move forward? Is there anything I need to learn to improve my chances of getting what I want? If you’re in a job, ask your supervisor what’s required for a bump in your paycheck.
No one will give you a job or a raise just because you want it. They have to want to give it to you, which means you have to be able to meet their needs.
Developing new knowledge or skills in many cases is the key. How can you make yourself more valuable to your employer or clients?
The problem is you’re kind of at a loss. You may not have the slightest idea how to approach something as daunting as acquiring new knowledge or skills and so you don’t. Or maybe you think you don’t have enough time to do it. Worse, perhaps you decided you just don’t want to have to work that hard.
If any of those things explain your situation, that’s fine. Just understand that without enhancing your knowledge or skills, you’re not likely to make any significant change in your current situation.
For those who want to put in the hard work, there’s a lot of help out there.
In this day and age, you can get all kinds of knowledge, at all levels of complexity, in all kinds of areas from a variety of sources.
1. Start online.
The Internet is a treasure trove of information. On YouTube, you can find everything from how to increase your typing speed to how to organize an office to how to become a corporate trainer. You don’t want to build your entire knowledge base on YouTube videos, but it’s a step in the right direction—and it’s free.
2. Talk to people.
Look around your company or organization and find the person who is most successful or is great at something you want to do. Ask them how they do it. Most of the time they will appreciate your acknowledgment of their expertise and will be happy to mentor you.
The easiest way to acquire knowledge is to read everything you can get your hands on about a particular subject. And there are ways to do it more quickly than you think (I’ll talk more about this in a future blog post). It’s important to understand the needs of your supervisor or organization before choosing the area you’ll read about.
4. Take classes.
There are countless courses online and available in brick and mortar institutions, whether free or fee-based webinars or teleseminars, one-off courses through continuing education programs, or whole degree programs. Many of the online courses can be done at a time of your choosing.
These are just a few suggestions. The real issue has nothing to do with the availability of information; it’s all about how badly you really want that job or that raise.