Career Advice – Getting Promoted

ASK BERNADETTE – What can I do to be considered for a promotion at work though I only just started with the company?

Since you just started with the company, I will expect you asked this question in the job interview. If not, shame on you. Job interviews are a great place to learn how HR determines promotions, bonuses and raises, even more so then your manager. But if you are interviewing with the hiring manager, hearing what they have to say when working to hire someone can be a valuable set of information for when you are working with them and asking for advancement.

Now that you are in the job and company,

Sit down with your boss to share what your goals are AND ask questions to learn what her or his management style (including promotions) centers on:

  • What does she/he look for when considering advancement
  • How do they define high potential employees
  • What does she/he see as adding value to one’s job, team or company

As far as your goals, ensure they are understood, you have clear measurements and timelines attached, and that your boss incorporates them into your performance plan.  Then go and do the work.

As time goes on…

  • offer your support and assistance to your boss and teammates (but not to the point of doing someone’s work)
  • look for or propose special projects or tasks
  • take risky assignments
  • identify areas for improvement in the team or business and just don’t advertise them, but identify the solution and propose next steps for addressing them.
  • Seek out a mentor or sponsor early and work on building the relationship and then the partnership

SHOW UP, DO THE WORK, ADD VALUE, LEAVE PEOPLE AND PLACES BETTER… and HONOR YOUR RICHES.

LISTEN TO THE ASK BERNADETTE EPISODE FOR MORE DETAILS AND ADDITIONAL BUSINESS AND LIFE QUESTIONS, TIPS and ADVICE.

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