Why You Need To Be A Career Detective

Published: May 23, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

Do you remember being taught at school not to copy other people?  I distinctly remember holding my hand over my work when I didn’t want anyone else to see what I was doing, or wishing that I could get a glimpse of what my mates where writing when I was stuck and didn’t know the answers.  Of course cheating isn’t a strategy I’d recommend to anyone, but as a professional adult you’ll be glad to know the tides have turned and if you’re not doing it already, you really should be seeking out the best and emulating them to get ahead in your career.  Here’s why…

Trial & Error Takes Time

I like to do things a little differently when I can, and as a businesswomen I strive to find new and exciting ways to bring great service to my clients.  But I also appreciate that trial and error takes time and is not always the best strategy.

Unlike at school, recognising when someones doing a good job and emulating what makes them great is actually a very smart way of getting ahead.  So for example, if you think your boss is a good delegator, or you really admire their ability to manage their time effectively, what’s wrong in copying the way they do those things?   Nothing.

Instead of spending months and years honing your own skills, simply seek out people around you who do a great job, and start mirroring their behaviour.

We all have strategies for everything we do, so if you invest some time in playing detective and tapping into how a person does something well you can really start to advance your own skills quickly and effectively.

Don’t be afraid to ask someone that you admire how they do what they do.  This is a big compliment and the majority of people will be happy to share their knowledge and expertise.  Ask, ask and ask – it’s an underutilised strategy that’s free of charge and full of promise!

Of course, there’s nothing like a bit of individuality, and the world needs people who look to do things differently.  So when you’ve mastered what’s going on around you, why not add your own personal tweak or touch that makes you great at being you.  And when someone asks YOU how you do something so well, make sure you’re generous with your time and share your knowledge.

Who do you admire and what is it about them that you’re going to emulate? Pick two skills or traits and start working on them now.   This is a simple yet very effective way of boosting your transferable skills and making you a much more valuable commodity in a competitive job market.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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