Giving yourself the competitive edge gives you the opportunity to stand out; having that extra skill, extra bit of knowledge or overall interest and passion in something can make all the difference when you are competing for the same job.
Look at where you want to be, how you want to get there and then look at what that takes – if you are missing some skills or knowledge then put yourself out there; get the knowledge you need to succeed.
Give yourself the confidence to succeed, look at other successful women, people that are leaders in their industry – understand their journey and what it took to get there and your confidence and determination will be ready for whatever is coming your way.
Learn from others, similar to above having a mentor or someone you can bounce ideas back and forth with will help you refine your ideas into great ideas and helps you learn, grow and develop by combining their knowledge and experiences with yours. If you don’t have someone you feel fills this role you could look at networking, local events are very popular at the minute, sharing ideas, expertise and knowledge is a great way to grow and build lasting business relationships with similar likeminded people.
Benchmark yourself, look at how other people are achieving, are they stronger than you in a particular area – identifying your strengths and weaknesses can highlight where you need to improve and work on your own skill set likewise it can show you where you are stronger than others and use this to your advantage. If you find you are not as strong as you would like to be in a particular area look at what you can do to improve it, whether it be a short course, using the software more or just asking more questions to get a better overall view.
Use business websites, they are designed to help people just like you; look at the resources available and the community, the articles and resources are usually people just like you sharing their experience, knowledge and journey.
The important thing to remember is to keep trying, growing and evolving and you will succeed, build relationships and network and anything is possible.