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On Advancing Your Career

Here’s a round-up of advice from experts on how you can advance in your job, make changes, find satisfaction and, ultimately, achieve your professional goals.

  • Career Coach Christie Mims recommends every year or two, spend some time really thinking about your career. Go out and warm up your network, check out new opportunities, and do some salary comparisons. You make smarter career decisions when you have real data. Also, if you are afraid or uncomfortable, you are probably onto something awesome! Fear means you are growing your comfort zone.
  • Take criticism or “feedback” for what it is: a gift given to you to make you better at what you do. Don't concern yourself with the person or the method of delivery. Instead, glean out the teachable nuggets and move on.—Michelle Bruno.
  • In chaos, there is opportunity. Most major career accelerations happen when someone steps into a mess and makes a difference.—Kristi Hedges, Leadership Coach
  • Work harder than everyone under you or above you. Nothing commands respect more than a good work ethic. This means being the first one at the event in the morning and the last one to leave in the evening. No one said this gig was easy.—Keith Johnston
  • There’s never going to be a precisely right moment to speak, share an idea, or take a chance. Just take the moment—don’t let thoughts like “I don’t feel like I’m ready” get in the way. Look to see if you have the main things or the opportunity will pass you by. Don’t let perfect get in the way of really, really good.—Kathleen Tierney
  • No matter what your dream job is, you’ll likely hear “no” many times before you achieve your goals. Just accept that as a fact. But by refusing to accept that “no,” you’ll separate yourself from the pack. Sometimes you just have to outlast the competition—and wear down your boss!—Shannon Bream

Your career ambitions may be on hold for now but, keep in mind, as an AORN member you have Dr. Phyllis Quinlan as a valuable career and life coach. Schedule your 90 minutes with Dr. Phyllis to talk about your stress, your challenges and, if you are of the mind, your career. 90 minutes can make all the difference.

Did you know the AORN Career Center averages over 600 open nursing positions with new jobs posted daily?