Three Ways to Craft the Job you Have into the Job you Want!
August 01, 2018
By Helena PowerHouse, Davey Madison So far in my career, I have made a habit of changing my job description to fit what I want to do rather than what was expected when I was hired. This doesn’t mean I completely ignore what I was hired to do in the first place, but more like I lovingly massage it into a better form. I have been able to accomplish this for two reasons. One, I have never been able to sit still and watch others work. And two, I have never met a challenge I thought I couldn’t tackle. (Full kitchen remodel? Bring it on!) Like many women graduating during the height of the recession I was just happy to find any sort of employment, even if it was slightly below my skillset and ambition. It forced me to be innovative and a little gritty to prove my worth and advance my career. My English degree did not teach me web design or event planning, but I saw the need and stepped up to the challenge. As my skills grew, I was able to change my job title several times and negotiate for a raise--twice. I realize not everyone has the confidence of a white guy, but here are three things I think every Powerhouse woman can and should do to craft the job they have into the job they want.
- Set standards early and often.
- Find the gaps and fill them.
- Take credit for your work.