If you are interested in a promotion, you should prepare yourself appropriately. Bosses are busy, and they don’t always have your career development and advancement in mind. That’s why you need to be thinking about where you want to go next and how to get there.
Here are some quick tips for how you can position yourself to make that next career move:
1) Show your contribution to the bottom line. Even if you are not in sales, you should still be able to articulate how the work that you do is valuable to the company. As far as possible you should be able to quantify how much money you saved, what time-saving measures you instituted, and how you improved processes. This is the type of information that you can share with your boss at your performance review. Don’t assume that your boss knows all that you do.
2) Raise your skill level. For many fields an advanced degree is becoming a necessity. Getting that degree can be a good reason for an employer to give you a raise and maybe even a promotion. Also, it is becoming increasingly common that certifications above and beyond a college degree are required for many fields. Obtaining a certification that is hot can mean more pay.
3) Look for opportunities to be involved in the organization at a high level. Joining company-wide committees can be a good way to become known outside of your department and gain visibility with management. You can demonstrate your problem-solving abilities as a committee member and also get to know others within the organization. Doing this can position you well to receive a promotion.
4) Let management know about leadership experience that you have outside of work. Even if employees have not had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills on the job, other experience may be persuasive. For example, an employee may have taken on a leadership role in a professional association. Or the employee may have used his or her leadership ability in the community. I had a client who was in finance, and he headed the finance committee of his home owners association. This is relevant experience and can help an employee build a case for a promotion.
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