Tagged: promotions

3 Things That Lead To Promotion


Being promotable is as easy as ABC.  As with interviewing for a new job, you want to show that you already have the soft skills needed in the new position.  Employees who are creative, innovative and who have a history of solving problems are considered more valuable.

A.  The ambitious person will actively seek problems to solve.  A problem you can attack could be as simple as making certain that there is fresh coffee all day or as serious as revision of the on-boarding procedures for new clients.

B. The upwardly mobile employee seeks projects and responsibilities beyond the current job description.  Join a team effort. Lend a hand when a co-worker is overwhelmed.  Volunteer to lead a project.  Beginning early in your tenure in a position get to know the other employees (or in a large company  meet the key players in each department), their responsibilities, and how your job impacts theirs.  Knowing how the parts of the company function positions you to work smoothly with everyone.

C. Let your boss know that you are open to expansion of your duties and are actively looking forward to consideration for a promotion.  If no one knows of your interest you may not be considered.  Needless to say, how you approach the chain of command and co-workers is vital.  Avoid brown-nosing, being the office know-it-all, don’t step on toes or appear to be trying to replace your boss!

Need to talk about office politics or how to position yourself to be noticed?  I can help. stephanie@accessguidance or 610-212-6679.  Lets talk soon!

Three Ways Women Help Themselves Succeed

Many articles have been written on the disparity between men and women in terms of income and holding executive positions.  I’ve gleaned some commonalities from the literature that point toward behaviors and attitudes that women can adopt in the pursuit of business, especially corporate, success.

  1. CONFIDENCE.  Men of all age groups express higher confidence in their abilities than do women in the same cohorts.  About half of women managers express self-doubt compared to less than a third of men.   Men are more likely to take public credit for success while women are more likely to believe their accomplishments should speak for themselves.   Feeling less confident can lead to a more cautious approach to applying for jobs, promotions and raises.              THE CURE: Keep a list of successes and accomplishments and add to it weekly.  When an opportunity comes your way find items on your list that speak to your ability to move forward.  Use your list to prepare to ask for the raise, promotion or additional responsibilities.
  2. MENTORS.  Mentors are people, usually more senior, who can guide one’s progress.  Women should cultivate male and female mentors, colleagues or bosses, who can point out useful projects, training or promotions. increase a mentee’s visibility. Take on the job of mentoring someone else as dues-paying but also to raise your own profile.
  3. SPEAK UP!  People who don’t work with you everyday can only know your strengths, attitudes and values if you speak up.   Adrienne Rich calls not taking credit or speaking up the Dutiful Daughter role: women who are good at what they do- but behind the scenes.                                                                                    THE CURE  Take credit for your achievements and your team’s success.  It might sound like this:  “I’ve lead a great team this year-here’s what we’ve done.” or “My team has excelled over and above my high expectations of them”.  These examples show how to take credit for leading as well as patting the team on the back.

In brief: Be certain that your boss and her boss know what you’ve accomplished.  Speak up in meetings so that others can know you and what you think.  Find a mentor and be a guide to others.  Go forth and tell everyone how great you are!

Lets talk about all the ways you can promote your work when its time for your annual review or you are looking for a new opportunity.  If you don’t speak for yourself, no one will! stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.