Speak up & ask for what you want!
For better or worse, as a child, you were probably taught not to brag. It’s rude. You may have also been taught to be a good child and wait your turn for things. If you deserve to have them, they will happen.
Ever wonder how everyone else keeps getting promotions? Opportunities don’t fall from the sky. The reason your colleagues get promoted is because they’ve decided to be their own advocate. They’re not waiting on someone else to tell them they can do something. They’re doing it.
And, they’re doing it by being willing to speak up and share about themselves. They may share where they went to school, where they worked previously, or what they’re good at. In other words, they’re comfortable giving their elevator pitch to anyone and everyone.
And, they ask for what they want. If they’d like to have an informational interview with someone, they ask for it. If they want a promotion, they say it. If they want to be considered for a job, they put themselves out there.
They do not wait for others to “allow” them to move forward in their life and career. They do it.
As I write this newsletter, I realize it may be time to take some of my own medicine! Did you know that I host a podcast? Yes, I do! I recently learned that some of my newsletter readers didn’t realize it — probably because I haven’t been talking about the podcast much in my newsletter. I tend to assume that people already know about it, and that if they want to listen, they will. Well, lesson learned… here are the details.
My podcast is called the Copeland Coaching Podcast. It’s a career improvement podcast that’s focused on job searching. I interview a different industry expert each week to talk about topics ranging from switching careers to what to wear in an interview. You can find it on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.
And, here’s the thing. I recently learned that there’s not just one thing that’s important to getting your podcast found in iTunes. There are three! And, I need your help with these!
- Subscribe to the Copeland Coaching Podcast on iTunes. It turns out that the number of subscriptions actually impacts your ranking within iTunes. So, please subscribe here.
- Listen to the podcast! I think you’ll really enjoy it. I’ve been recording the podcast for over two years and have built up over 100 episodes of free content and tips for job seekers. Listen here.
- Leave me a review in iTunes. I almost never ask for reviews because it always seems to be too much. But, you have to ask for what you need, right? And, I need more reviews. These also impact my show’s ranking on iTunes. You can leave a review here.
Here are a few episodes I think you might really like. Check them out by clicking on their links below.
As I started out this newsletter, it’s important to speak up and ask for what you want. Please keep this in mind with your job search (even when it’s tough to do). And, thanks in advance for your support of my podcast. I appreciate you helping me out, even though it’s tough to ask!
Also, be sure to subscribe to my Copeland Coaching Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher where I discuss career advice every Tuesday! If you’ve already heard the podcast and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review in iTunes or Stitcher.
Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.