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Take Hold of Your Career.

My current purpose at Elevator is driven by the belief that teams are everything. Now imagine how serious I took the question, “Do teams change people’s lives?

I asked this question in an effort to find the best way Elevator can improve teams for an individual’s career. So, we sought out research done by top companies about employee satisfaction, increased productivity, and culture growth. It’s no surprise that the most sought after companies care deeply about not only productivity, but also how to maintain the best company culture. In each case, teams were the underlying problem as well as the solution.

Let’s look at one of the most controversial team members: the manager. Google’s Project Oxygen presented their research on “Why Managers Matter,” and their findings are — of no surprise to us at Elevator — about the importance of teams. Behaviors such as being a good coach, empowering the team, and having a clear vision/strategy for the team are just a few of the top characteristics. Each of these traits are more than just desired behaviors in managers — they are values found in any good team player.

The Ideal Team Player is a book that we keep on the shelf here at Elevator. This book comes to a similar conclusion about what behaviors are expected in an ideal team player. A good coach, empowering the team, and interests in other team members is exactly what we see in all the great teams in the world.

Great teams take success seriously, and that means considering the team seriously when it comes to making decisions.

Other companies’ research shows similar trends about where the true power of the individual lies in deciding their career future. The real power is not in the title of the job, but in the teams that help you rise in your career. If you do look for a new job, you depend on your old team for your references. If a new project is coming your way, it’s your team that will help you succeed in accomplishing it.

If you’re looking to drive your career, look no further than improving and creating success for your team.

Before you think about all the people that you can put in one team, think instead about the few colleagues you want to work with again. Think about the people who know you the best and can provide solid evidence of your worth. After all, who better than your colleagues to help explain your accomplishments and your process? It’s not a far jump to realize that the direction of your career is not in your next job, but your work and relationships in your current team. It’s no wonder — when you do make the next career change — the company looks at your accomplished colleagues in the past. They want to bring your best colleagues back together again.

Companies use referral programs that tap into your previous teams to find the same value they see in you. Guess what has the highest satisfaction and success when changing companies? Referrals are at the top of every company and recruiter’s mind, because they know that a past team member is the most likely to have exactly what they want.

So if you’re looking to take hold of your career, build your team. Work on projects. Take your team to the next level. By enlisting the same behavior Google strives for in managers, you’ll see huge changes in your team. By recognizing the importance and power of your team, you will have the confidence and ability to make real changes in your company. Finally, by empowering your team, you move up together. Most importantly, you start taking hold of your own career.

Writing your team’s story.

Sometime in your career you will work with amazing people…teammates that make you feel like you can take on the world together. Your team is what’s great about the projects you work on. Innovation, execution and collaboration all come naturally to a great team, and we want to take your team to the next level. Companies have always relied on the experience of great teams to propel them in any industry. Your team’s successes may be exactly what companies, like our partners, need for their next big jump. With Elevator, our hope is to build a place for great teamwork to shine.

On Elevator, teams can showcase their success, their culture and what makes them great. Regardless of where you are in your current job, why not show the world how your team has succeeded? Who knows what opportunities are out there!

It’s time to write your team’s story. We wrote earlier about assembling a great team, but let’s go further. Top companies want to know what makes your team special. You’ve brought your bandmates together. Now it’s time to take the stage.


Highlight Your Team.

Everyone has their role in any project, but it’s not the role that makes you important in a team; it’s you. Are you the big idea thinker or are you helping keep track of the details? Do you like connecting people, or making the team more efficient? It’s important to tell others what makes each person in the team unique, and how each individual contributes to the team’s success.

Design Team on Elevator

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Present Your Achievements.

Showcasing your accomplishments as a team provides a new level of insight that companies rarely see. Unlike an individual resume, presenting team projects gives companies a bird’s eye view of how you work. If you are looking for more projects or a new company, the best way to explain the types of projects you can tackle is showing your achievements and the team that made you get there.

Anaytics Engineering Team on Elevator

Check out this Product Team

Every team has a reason to be proud of their past work, and it’s up to you to present them in a way that best highlights not only what you have completed, but how you got there.


Tell Your Story.

Building cohesion can take time, and the experiences that teams have together are what sets them apart. You may have met your teammates at a conference, through a school project, or maybe you even started off as office enemies. Whatever the team’s story, everyone should hear about it. Your story is what defines how you work, and how the team succeeds. Tell a story about how the team overcame a poor sales report, or how they relax when they’re under tense deadlines. Tell us about the opportunities that excite you, and the types of opportunities where you know your teamwork will shine.

Don’t forget to also take time to reflect on past accomplishments that you and your team are proud of. Reflection is the key to your team’s confidence in tackling challenges that lie ahead.

Branding Team on Elevator

Check out this Branding Team

Every story is unique, and it’s the team’s responsibility to celebrate what makes them different. Companies will entrust their projects to the teams that care about what they do. New opportunities, jobs, and projects are available everyday – it’s time to add another chapter to your team’s story.


Share Your Team.

You never know when the next opportunity will arise, so just like you have a LinkedIn profile, your team should showcase itself on Elevator . Once your team page is ready, share  the projects that you have accomplished as a team with your friends, family and colleagues.

Companies aggressively search for high-performing individuals in every industry.  Show that you are up for the challenge, both as an individual and as a team.

Join Elevator as we help all teams find the right opportunities for them. Let’s move up together.