Episode 8 – How to Increase Your Value and Stand Out At a Big 4
In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss how to increase your value and stand out at a Big 4.
Find the full show notes for the episode at RecovingCorpholics.com/8.
If you want to be the best, have the best performance/roundtable reviews, get the top bonus’, etc., you need to be good at what you do – it’s obvious.
You can play all the Corporate games you want but if the quality of work isn’t there, your performance won’t be either.
However, working at a Big 4, everyone, well, mostly everyone is good at their job. So how can you stand out? And especially If you want to leave the Big 4, how can you create the most value to stand out against the competition?
It’s simple… you add a new tool to your toolbox. If you want to be even better, you add even another tool. What I want you to do and become is a double, triple, even quadruple threat!
One Skill - $
Two Skills - $$
Three Skills - $$$
Four Skills - $$$$
And so forth…
Even though it sounds simple, actually gaining the skill takes some time.
Now I know you have learned so much from working at your job, and you still are learning everyday (hopefully that is). But that learning is still mostly all associated with your job.
These new or additional skills to make you stand out should be different and distinct from what you do.
For example, if you are an operations consultant, getting your project management license is great, but it’s not going to set you apart.
Why? In my opinion, most people already have project management skills as a consultant (and I’d also say that employers would expect you to have this as part of your job) so this isn’t really helpful, unless you want to project manage full time and need it.
What would be even better is to get a technology skill under your belt. Something that is going to make you stand out even at your job. See the difference?
And on top of a technology skill, you could also add marketing or coaching or even writing skills under your belt. All of these are going to make you more valuable as you can do more jobs.
It’s also my opinion that these skills are something you learn outside of what you do. Now, you could be on a project with a different team where you get exposed to this but from my experience, this is something you learn on the side.
So how do you learn a new skill? There are so many ways to do it, you just need to find the time and passion to do so.
I’ll give you three ways to do so. First, you can go back to school, second, you can start a side hustle or three, you can join a volunteer organization. I’ve done all three! I will share with you how I did each one.
For the first way to learn a new skill, go back to school, I want to note that you can go back to school (like school school), but you can also take a one-off course that will help you explore the topic of interest before determining if you want to spend thousands of dollars on the topic/new skill.
This is how I learned about coaching. I could have jumped straight into a coaching program, but I wanted to see what coaching was all about. Not because I wanted to be a coach, but I wanted to learn how I could have a better life and be the best version of myself.
I am so passionate about this that it eventually turned into something I wanted to do every day.
I started by taking one course on the side, followed by another and so forth. After going to Landmark, I went to the Coach Life Academy, Tony Robbins Unleash Your Power, Coach Training Alliance, The Academy of Nuero-Shine Technology and so forth.
I became skilled as a coach. Skills that make me deeply knowledgeable in how people behave, emotional intelligence, how to work to get things done and so forth.
At PwC, I became the best coach and I know had a deep skill set that set me apart from the team.
For the second way to gain a new skill, I also started a side hustle. So know now how to market, how to set up quick books, how to write articles and record podcasts. More skills for my toolbox.
I also joined a volunteer organization, the Junior League. I held many positions, with my recent ones being Vice President of Leadership Development and Annual Fund Chair.
I learned how to manage and motivate people who weren’t getting paid, how to train volunteers to serve their community, how to fundraiser, how to ask for money and so much more. Now I have non-profit organizational skills on my resume.
In summary, find something that you are passionate about and just sign up for a course or join a group. Start simple. Maybe it’s a one-hour class a week.
It doesn’t have to be a Harvard Certificate. It can be a simple local school that you can learn from, depending on what it is you’re trying to achieve.
Be curious. Find something that you love or that you don’t know much in that interests you. Worst case scenario is you learned more about yourself.
Love cooking? Start a blog and make it a goal to post every week. After a year, I’d assume you’d become a great writer (that is 52 articles), a good marketer (so people can actually see your blog) and who know where that will lead you.
That’s all I have for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it.
Stay inspired and live powerfully,
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