To say the coronavirus crisis shook up the U.S. economy is an understatement. According to NPR, 38.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment since March.
Many Americans are on the hunt for new jobs and careers, especially those in essential industries where demand for product has spiked. Our team put together a second post in our Career Hacks blog series to help our family, friends, neighbors and community members accelerate in the workplace, whether it’s in a current role, with a new employer, or in a new industry.
While these organization skills may seem like no-brainers, they are often taken for granted or overlooked. If you aren’t utilizing these skills already, start to learn and use them now so you are poised and prepared for growth when the time is right.
Get your facts straight. Coworkers and customers may assume you lack capability simply because it’s early in your career, you are new to a company, or you just broke into a new industry. The best way to combat this is to do your research and justify your reasoning with facts. This rule applies across projects both big and small and is applicable at every level of the business. You can take a lot of risk, opinion, and emotion out of discussions by doing so. And with the power of search engines today, you can find strong evidence in a matter of seconds.
Learn how to “make your case.” A business case answers the question, “What will happen if we proceed with this investment decision?”, defining investment as time and/or money. A well-documented business case provides confidence and a level of certainty that the proposal will be successful. Also, a business case isn’t just for your supervisor’s benefit, it’s to gain buy-in from the team members your project will rely on.
Gain project management skills and use them. A formal approach to project management is a skill that much of the workforce lacks experience with. To get a leg up, define the scope of the project, including your vision, to drive your goals. Your goals should tell you whose support you’ll need and the team makeup, among others. A simple “who, what, where, when, why, how” approach can help you plan projects, activities, and events, and determine whose buy-in and approval is required for you to move forward.
Learn process management skills and use them. You have your vision and goals, but how are you going to accomplish them? Process management ensures all the desired results of the project are achieved with all appropriate steps occurring throughout. Projects will become chaotic and unsuccessful if you don’t lay out the more detailed milestones and tasks people need to complete so your project can progress. A big part of the success involving process management is understanding how to run effective meetings.
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