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Women can get ahead at work by making these moves

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Women have come a long way in the business world, but they still face many challenges in the workplace, from fighting for equal pay to being seriously considered for management positions. If you’ve been thinking about boosting your career, you can do a few things to make the process easier. Whether you want to get ahead or change jobs altogether, it’s important to create a plan and work on the skills you’d like to showcase. When you’re ready to start the search for a new job, let the pros at WiserU help with targeted LinkedIn training or coaching sessions.

Here are a few tips you can utilize to get ahead in your career and navigate positive change without stress:

Further your education

No matter what your career goals are, you’re sure to find success more easily with an advanced degree or specialized training. These days, you can pursue an online bachelor’s degree with an affordable program that allows you to work at your own pace. Whether you want to learn more about business, healthcare, criminal justice, or technology, there are a wealth of options available that will help you snag the job of your dreams. Some employers offer help with tuition if the degree is in the same field, so be sure to meet with your Human Resources advisor about whether they can help you pay for some of your courses.

Take the initiative

Asking about tuition assistance is a great way to show your employers that you’re invested in your career and their company, and you can push that even further by taking the initiative to learn more about your company’s history, solve problems without help, and provide stellar customer service. You can also be on the lookout for opportunities that will allow you to lead a team or manage a project. Don’t be afraid to ask your employer about a raise or promotion, as well, and come prepared with reasons why you feel you deserve them. Even if they can’t offer you anything now, they’ll remember you down the road when a higher position becomes available.

Boost your confidence

When it comes to asking for a raise or tackling a leadership position, it’s crucial that you’re able to do it with confidence. A few easy ways to give your self-esteem a little boost include buying a few new wardrobe pieces, learning how to say no effectively, and seeking out a mentor who can help guide you through all the ups and downs that come with getting ahead. Once you’ve built up your confidence, it will be much easier for you to make direct eye contact, stand up straight and tall, and perfect a firm handshake, which will project that confidence to others.

Lift up other women

As a woman in the workplace, it’s essential that you not only find a mentor to help guide you but also that you help lift up other women. You can do this by amplifying the ideas of your coworkers, learning how to listen and communicate well, and being an advocate for equal pay and things like parental leave and/or expressing rooms for breastfeeding mothers. Once you get into a position where you’re able to make decisions that affect women in your business, make it a point to ensure that their voices are heard.

Navigating the workplace as a woman may be a little easier than it was decades ago, but it’s still necessary to be as prepared as possible if you want to get ahead. Further your education by pursuing a degree and boost your confidence both in school and in the workplace in order to find success.

Have a question about the career and LinkedIn training and coaching sessions available at WiserU? Get in touch today.

Guest post by Sharon Redd, 


WiserU, the publisher of the WiserUTips.com blog, provides LinkedIn and career training and services for individuals and organizations. Visit WiserU.com for details.
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