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How to steal your boss’ job

Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too

    There’s a trait that is becoming more and more of a buzzword when evaluating talent within today’s companies. This term is used to define a summation of traits that are sought after at every level in a successful company: hiring managers look for it in the initial job interviews while their supervisors look for it in them to determine their promotability (yes, it’s really a word…I double-checked).

    This term is Executive Presence. Know these characteristics and follow these steps to develop them and in no time you’ll be expensing thousand-dollar lunches and using the good toilet paper in the executive washroom.

    Credibility

    How to accomplish it: Position yourself as an expert and someone with integrity. Positioning yourself as an expert is all about personal branding. Pick a topic that is relevant to your field. Set up several daily Google Alerts using keywords for this topic (ie. If you want to position yourself as an expert on social media marketing, you will want to use keywords like “Twitter Marketing Techniques”). Set aside 15-20 minutes per day to skim these articles that are delivered to your email so that you are knowledgeable on the best practices and also so that you constantly have your finger on the pulse of up-to-the-minute happenings in your field.

    To establish integrity you must know the company’s mission statement. This mission statement should be the first thing you consider before every major decision. If you’re interviewing for a job, weaving the company’s mission statement into one of your answers is brown-nosing at its finest…although I don’t suggest this unless you have built a little rapport first, otherwise you may end up coming off as a total kiss-ass.

    Communication

    How to accomplish it: Effective communication is about engaging people. First and foremost, smile and make eye contact. Whether you’re interviewing for a job or just interacting with supervisors or colleagues, ask people what they think about something and why. Be genuine and listen to their answer though…I’ve found that just about everyone has a unique and interesting opinion if you just ask. Asking someone’s opinion is absolutely the easiest way to engage someone. If you’d like more great tips on how to engage someone in an interview, read 3 words that will help you answer any job interview question.

    Confidence

    How to accomplish it: My best advice is that you truly must believe that the only power that someone has over you is the power that you are giving them. If you are in a job interview, you must realize that it is just as much about you determining if a company is right for you, as it is for the interviewer determining if you are the proper fit for them. If you aren’t asking thought-provoking questions in your interview than you are not only doing a disservice to yourself but also not engaging the interviewer properly (not to mention that stumping the interviewer with a question is the easiest way to regain power if you feel that it is falling out of balance).

    Comfortable getting out of your comfort zone

    How to accomplish it: Easy – do things that take you out of your comfort zone. You’re faced with opportunities to do this on a daily basis, but unless you start taking these chances you will always have anxiety about it. The more you do this, the more you will desensitize yourself for this situation for when it really counts.

    Companies are looking for these traits more and more everyday…so start working on these things now or else you may find yourself working at Initech on Sundays.




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