Tanzanian forum: Jobs and Career - 6 Tips For Getting A Promotion
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23 Apr 2015 01:04

Here are six tips to get the career boost you want:
1. Under Promise And Over Deliver
With many companies leaner than they were several years
ago, there are probably many internal voids. You want to
identify and then fill them. I recommend looking at how you
can informally be of service; for example, ask your
supervisor or team members how you can step in and
support them as well as identify where you see hiccups in
efficiency. Approach the appropriate person with a case for
how you can step in and help. At the same time, make sure
you do not commit to work you know you cannot complete
efficiently and to the best of your abilities.

23 Apr 2015 01:04

2. Be An Intrapreneur
An intrapreneur is someone who uses an entrepreneur’s
mindset, relationships, skills, and behaviors within an
organization’s four walls to develop new, innovative ways of
working, new products, or new services.
Whether you are developing a new corporate social
responsibility initiative or developing a new procedure
for on-boarding entry-level talent, elicit the support of all
key stakeholders, do your homework to set yourself up to
succeed, and set clear, mutually agreed-upon criteria for
success. By launching a new venture within your company’s
four walls, you may just create your new position. And
when you succeed, you will have evidence of your
leadership experience.

23 Apr 2015 01:05

3. Get Your Internal Networking On
It’s important to develop mutually beneficial relationships
within your department and team as well as throughout
your company. I’m seeing a lot of employees not just
moving up but also across. To put yourself in line for such
an opportunity, set the time to get to know all of your
colleagues. Be curious about their work and opportunities
they foresee on the horizon.

23 Apr 2015 01:05

4. Balance Short And Long-Term Thinking
This is another important muscle to flex when positioning
one’s self for a promotion. While it’s important to have an
eye towards your 90 or 120 goals so that you stay on top of
your chief responsibilities and accountabilities, you also
want to have an eye towards how your work plays into the
bigger picture. Get clear on your department or
organization’s one, two, and even five-year goals and work
with your supervisor to make sure that how you are
spending your time and energy is moving you—and the
company—in the right direction.

23 Apr 2015 01:06

5. Zap Negativity
People want to work with happy people. And let’s face it,
right now too many workplaces are seas of persistent
complaint. Senior leaders also want emerging talent who
see opportunities rather than obstacles. Not only does a
Negative Nelly or Negative Ned kill moral, she or he also
comes across as someone incapable of solving problems
and inspiring others towards solutions… keys to positioning
one’s self as an effective leader.

23 Apr 2015 01:06

6. Ask
This might sound obvious, but I can’t tell you how many
people know a position is open in their companies and fail
to self-advocate for themselves or hope that a supervisor
will read their minds and make them that offer they can’t
refuse. This is particularly important for women. Men
initiate these kinds of conversations about four times as
often as women!
You don’t want to under promise and over deliver forever.
Once you know you have laid the foundation for your ask,
set a specific day and time to talk to the appropriate person
about your aspirations and make sure you facilitate the
conversation in such a way you are creating a compelling
story about what you have achieved in your previous
position and what you believe you can achieve moving
forward.
Remember, sometimes the greatest impediment to our
upward mobility is ourselves. Take this advice and position
yourself for a promotion today.