Elevate Your Career

Leverage relationships and expertise to serve as equalizers in the career world.

by Caroline Dowd-Higgins • More.com Member { View Profile }
Caroline Dowd-Higgins is the Director of Career & Professional Development and Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and hosts the national CBS Radio show "Career Coach Caroline."

It is no surprise that the current job market is challenging for job seekers and those wanting to advance their careers. Competition is fierce from entry-level to the executive ranks and women are still outnumbered and under-valued in many male dominated professions.

Women need to get into the career game and redefine their competitive edge so they can be seen, heard, and considered for the opportunities they seek. Adjust the career lens through which you see the world. It’s time to get into the driver’s seat and be strategic about how you navigate opportunities.

Redefine Mentorship – create a community of success to inspire you to reach your goals. Mentors can provide you with wisdom and encouragement and sponsors can actually put their professional reputation on the line to advocate for your advancement.

Take it a step farther and identify your heroes. Whom do you admire and seek to emulate based on their achievements or behavior in the career world? Levo League is the leading social network dedicated to helping Gen Y women elevate their careers and utilizes technology to help recent graduates navigate the fiercely competitive job market.

They have taken mentorship to new heights by offering virtual mentorship from national thought leaders and hero worthy women (and men) you would rarely have access to before now. Levo League co-founder and CEO, Caroline Ghosn is seen in this video with Levo mentor, Warren Buffett discussing his commitment to investing in women.  

Caroline Ghosn shared that mentorship powered by technology is what makes Levo League extraordinary. “Mentorship is a part of the success equation, and the first step is exchanging advice and building rapport. Levo League's technology provides access to establish this initial exchange and democratizes mentorship to the masses in a way that one-on-one mentoring can’t," Ghosn says. "However, Levo League believes in the value of in-person mentoring and we are seeing many of the online connections made on our platform grow into in-person connections.”

Don’t Be Careful to a Fault – women have tremendous potential to achieve but many pursue opportunities based on their odds of success. Being careful to a fault limits how you fail and how you succeed.

Studies tell us that women apply for jobs when they meet 80 percent of the job requirements where men apply with only 20 percent and often land the job. They assume they can learn as they go and they are hired based on potential. Don’t play it safe - see the possibilities and envision your potential. You can’t achieve if you don’t get involved.

Fail Forward – stop letting fear control your willingness to take a risk and try something new. Know that you can always fail forward and learn from every experience. You won’t achieve your full potential if you always play it safe so expand your comfort zone and challenge yourself with something different. Think about the countless inventions and advancements in our world that we would not have if courageous people weren’t willing to fail.

Enhance Your Elevation Opportunities –Is your professional posse lacking motivation or the desire to achieve great things? Chances are your will set your professional bar at the same level as your contemporaries so align yourself with the like minded people and amazing things will happen. The law of attraction helps us connect with the very people who can assist us with achieving our goals. You have to be clear about how you position yourself for success. Circulate with people who challenge, stimulate, and inspire you to do your very best. Then pay-it-forward and help elevate someone else.

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