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Is it wise to reveal skills in professional life?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by shamsher41, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. shamsher41

    shamsher41 Newbie

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    I"m working as full time seo executive. I have passion for this industry and have fair knowledge. I'm experimenting semi automation of link building. It will save ton of time if i share to my seniors. Should i do this. Do i need to ask for career advancement and increment or let them do it? Let me know you one thing, the company i am working for use old spamming techniques. It's not like i am the smartest employee in my office but feel like surrounding idiots who just want to follow instructions and don't want to try and learn something new. In generally I'm lazy so i always try to find easy way to do difficult tasks. I have interest in Macro and automation. What do you think why should i and why i should not reveal my skills.
     
  2. Katmaster

    Katmaster Registered Member

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    I always kept my secrets. It keeps your job.
     
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  3. uncutu

    uncutu Elite Member

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    48 Laws of power: Law 1. Never outshine the master.
    I used to work for a local seo agency. After I displayed my advanced knowledge which demonstrated I knew more than the boss, I was quickly removed from his office.
    After that, I used all my newly found free time to start my own agency business, where I'm the boss.
     
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  4. shamsher41

    shamsher41 Newbie

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    Thanks Uncutu and Kat Master for your advice. The 48 Laws of Power is quite interesting i just read first law (there is a lot to learn from it) , will finish complete this weekend. Let me know what other experts thinks? I would love to know wise words of people who have been employee in past. What are other ways i can monetize my skills?
     
  5. Omirag

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    Personally, depending on the company, I have found that it is a good idea to "drip" feed your advanced skills. This will give you the appearance of gradually becoming a greater asset for the company. If you are in a company doing link building, then why not develop your new software and use it. Get some hard evidence that it is superior to what your company is currently using. Then do what ever you can to legally protect your code and present it to your boss and bosses boss. If you show them real results that are happening right now, then it is hard to deny the validity of your knowledge. Don't give up your code and now see what happens.

    I did this for a loan firm I worked for that I was doing data entry. Made a quick little code, basically just copy and pasted between 2 screens, increased my work load completion by 200%. Got asked to "share" my secret and basically sold my code to the boss for a promotion. It was like 5 lines of code that a child could write and I am sure many had suggested it before me, but I showed what it could do. Now on the other end I could have been fired and taken to court for using "third party" software with confidential information. So, you are going to need to feel the water to see if your company is going to be cool with anything you make. Always protect customer information and never use anything that will access the internet with their information and you will avoid 80% of the uphill battle of technology advancement.

    Finally, if all else fails and your boss sees no reason to use your new program and or fires you, if you already have the results of your system working better, grab your companies/ex-companies client email list. Mail them your results and steal some customers.
     
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  6. Bleght

    Bleght BANNED BANNED

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    It all really depends on your bosses. Some will be annoyed that you are claiming that their way of doing things is outdated and inferior, some will use what you are bringing in to make more money (or in the case of automation to get rid of employees) without giving you your dues and some will praise you, give you more responsibilities and raise your salary. The "drip" idea is great and you can test the water with something small and than depending on the reaction and the outcome you can continue or you can working on your own skills and start plotting what you'll do after you quit the company and become a direct competitor. One especially sneaky thing you could do is build a product that can automate a bunch of the work that the company does and than have a close friend sell it to them as something you stumbled upon as great third party software. And if they buy it and are happy, you can quit and market it to other similar companies since you know exactly what they need because of your insider experience.

    There is a bunch you can do, but in my opinion, aim for your independence and starting your own business in the future, not at getting some raise that will actually keep your income in the same ballpark instead of doubling or tripling it.
     
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  7. shamsher41

    shamsher41 Newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your wise words. As Bleght suggest i will test the water with something small and proceed further if got good response.