Quite often in my thirty-seven years of practice clients have lamented they were either passed over or narrowly avoided termination, despite performing their job responsibilities at a high level. In todays complicated business environment, quite often more than just focusing upon performing your direct goals is a necessary adjunct to your performance metric.
Below are a few pointers that may help you be the one to be promoted the next time and regarded as an asset to your employer.
You should work on building relationships with groups relevant to your company's business. It is also helpful to identify individuals who may add value to your company's business objectives. Introduce them to each other and leave them to determine a potential way forward together. Connecting other employees to each other is a great way to build early in your career. This will enhance your relevance, relationships and opportunities.
You should build sustainable respect with your leaders, exhibit the capacity to look for solutions when others may have given up. Being positive when difficult issues arise will distinguish you from your colleagues, and leave the clear impression that you can be relied upon in difficult or complex circumstances.
You should avoid being typecast. Too many people allow themselves to believe that they are no longer relevant in the job market. If you periodically test your employment relevance by mapping your skills against advertised roles, applying for different jobs, or having conversations with recruitment firms it will keep you attuned to your own professional growth and informs you for a better conversation at performance review or promotional opportunity times. It is a lot easier to build your case for promotion when you have an objective sense of your value in the market.
You should always be gracious. No matter how important your role is to you, it is not who you are. Be the first to congratulate someone who beat you to a role and be gracious for the opportunity to have been considered. Remember your reputation will be with that employer forever. Take time to reflect and consider whether your promotional opportunities are more likely internally, or somewhere else.
These four guidelines will help you not be the one passed over for the next promotion. By following these simple principles, you will identify how you can make a valued contribution within your company and stand out in the process.
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