Career Anchors

What drives you to be good at your job?

Career anchors are based on your values, desires, motivations, and abilities. They are the immovable parts of your professional self-image that guide you throughout your career journey.

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For better or worse, social media has brought on an age of self-promotion both inside and outside of work.

When job interviews seem to focus on your digital footprint as much as your resume, it can be tough to differentiate between an attractive partner (business or otherwise) and a shameless self-promoter.

There’s nothing wrong with being a team player, but if you can’t find a way to stand out these days, you’ll watch your colleagues climb the corporate ladder without you. That may sound bleak, but the concept of promotion exists for a reason—and it’s been around far longer than Facebook.

Career Anchors

What drives you to be good at your job?

Career anchors are based on your values, desires, motivations, and abilities. They are the immovable parts of your professional self-image that guide you throughout your career journey.

Try this short GLOBIS Unlimited course to identify which of the eight career anchors is yours!

So how can you balance successful self-promotion with humility and respect?

In this GLOBIS Unlimited course, Trond Varlid, president and cofounder of EMC Quest K.K, introduces the concept of “positive self-promotion” and reveals how you can support your team and advocate for your own success at the same time.

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Why It’s Important to Practice Positive Self Promotion at Work

Trond Varlid: Today, I will talk about self-promotion. What I mean by that is different ways to promote yourself in your organization and in your team and company.

I’m talking about what I would call “positive self-promotion.” I’m not talking about self-centered, aggressive types of self-promotion.

Reasons for promoting yourself: There could be many.

Of course, one would be from your own perspective to help advance your career. But it could also be to get more interesting assignments and opportunities. Because if more people in your organization get to know you, you may have a chance to take on some projects or tasks that may otherwise not come up.

Another reason for self-promotion is that you can actually contribute more, have more impact in your organization. Because more people around you will know you, they will know your skills, your knowledge, your capabilities, and you can therefore be more involved than perhaps otherwise would be the case.

How to Practice Positive Self Promotion

Varlid: So how can you promote yourself positively?

There are many ways to do that, but most of them relate to other people.

A great way to promote yourself is to look for ways to help and support other people around you in your team and other colleagues.

Whenever you see someone is struggling—whether it’s with some new software program or they got a new task or new project where you think you can help them—then step forward and see if you can support them in some way. That would be one kind of self-promotion.

In my experience, most people do not promote themselves enough or as much as they should or could, especially if they want to advance their career. But also, to have more impact and to help more people in their company.

So self-promotion and helping other people, team members, and colleagues actually go very well together.

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