Employees are often passed up for advancement simply because their managers failed to see their potential. Sure, you have to perform – and perform well – if you want to be considered for that next step up the company career ladder. But you also need to look, act and live the part. You’re not going to earn a promotion just be doing your job then sitting back and waiting for it to happen.
Be Visible – and Speak Up
Take initiatives beyond your job description and create or contribute to cross-disciplinary teams that add value to your organization.
- Showing interest in new products, features or improvements will get you noticed by your employer, for all the right reasons.
- Play an active role in meetings and planning sessions. Contribute ideas. By confidently offering alternative solutions and new concepts, you will demonstrate your initiative and ability to think outside the box.
- Document your success in your current role. If necessary, request a meeting with your boss to discuss your performance and areas for improvement.
- Showcase your interpersonal skills. Carry this a step further by putting in some informal face time at company outings or Friday Happy Hours. Be likeable and genuine; in other words, be yourself, but make it the best version of yourself.
Stay Current in Your Field
Have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and news about your industry. Be a continuous learner so you can stay up to date on technology and related knowledge.
- If you find information you think would be of interest to others, send them a link. Sharing what you learn showcases your teamwork skills, and if your manager is impressed with your updates, you’re more likely to come to mind when a new opportunity opens up.
- Develop your skill set by attending seminars, workshops and courses relevant to your role. If you do this after hours, make sure your manager is aware of your extra time commitment.
- Keep searching for ways to upsell, cross sell or otherwise boost business. It’s easier for your employer to promote you if they can justify the move with added revenue.
Dress for Success
The old adage “dress for the job you want, not the one you have” is true, within reason. Of course, for some jobs, it doesn’t make sense to wear the same type of outfit your boss does. However, you still contribute to your overall brand image via your wardrobe choices.
- If it makes sense, kick things up a notch. In any event, good grooming, tailoring and overall professionalism in your appearance will translate well for your future growth opportunities.
Whether your next career move is internal or at a new company that offers the advancement potential you’re seeking, consider working with the PrideStaff Fresno team to turn your aspirations into reality. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.