Hey there ladies,
I hear this all the time: ‘I’m working so hard but I’m not getting the recognition that someone who seems to spend half his day schmoozing is getting.’ And then as if to double down on this frustrating state of affairs, we work even harder.
This is a mistake. I know it seems stupid and contrary to what we learned growing up, but you cannot work your way to a successful career. (Believe me, I’ve tried.) As in most things, there is a balance to be achieved. And that balance has to include some networking and self promotion.
Now if the thought of going around talking about your own awesomeness is enough to provoke a gag reflex, just imagine what someone who thinks you’re totally fabulous would say. What would your best friend say about you if she were there? And if you think you’re too busy to emerge from your cubby (even your virtual cubby) and spend some time developing relationships and highlighting your accomplishments, you’re not.
So get out there and CONNECT with people. I promise you your career will thank you.