November 21, 2017
Outgrown your Career? Here’s how you can earn a Promotion
There comes a time in anybody’s career path where it is time to do some serious self-evaluation. Where once your career may have given you vigour and purpose, you might now be questioning the meaning of what you are doing and if it fulfils your higher purpose in your career development path. At this point, some may decide to do a complete 180 and switch careers. But often, such drastic action is not required. All you may need to do is get clear about what you want, refine your skillset and move in the direction of that promotion or career opportunity that you have been wanting. If you find yourself in this position, here are some actions and steps that will help you on your way.
How can I move up in my company?
1.Get serious about Introspection
If you are serious about getting a promotion or changing career paths, it is time to do some introspection. Get real and get honest with yourself about your strengths and areas that still need development. It would also help if you sat down with some trusted employees for a frank peer evaluation in order to determine where you need development.
2.Write down your goals
One of the easiest ways to get clear about your goals is to write them down. Thoughts become things when they are tangible and you can see them. Journaling is an easy way for to work through your thoughts and ideas about the future. Get specific by starting up a career development journal which will help you to do some of the following:
Keep a log of good ideas
Analyse situations and find solutions to problems
Writing down positive material and notes that you can use to grow
Reflect on your successes and areas for development
Compose your own values and personal/professional manifesto
3.Be a Team Player
You may be tired of hearing the phrase, but in all honesty, it is always highlighted by managers, training manuals and other staff development materials for a reason. A real team player brings a very specific and directed energy to the table. He or she listens, is able to communicate clearly, without drama and provides solutions that are devoid of politics. Do some soul-searching, ask yourself how to be a team player then go about taking action on that path.
4.Know that Positive Reinforcement is Everything
More than being workers, we are human beings first and foremost. If you can be a force of positivity in your environment, it is important to do so. A person’s work performance is strongly influenced by their emotional state and what is happening in their environment. Each person in an environment is responsible for the energy that they bring into that space. By your positive efforts and activities in your own life, you can learn how to bring positive energy to work. Be an enabler, a supporter, a person who uplifts, counsels and connects people. It is noticed and valued and it is a vital quality that is recognised in someone who earns a promotion.
5.Authenticity wins the Day
Perhaps you are on a particular path in terms of your career development and the next logical step would be to move in that direction. But somehow you felt motivated to apply for that opening in a department where the salary is great but in which you have no experience. The question then arises- Are you being true to yourself? It is important to learn how to be authentic in your career path in order to the build career development that is true and authentic to who you are. An authenticity-based career path always wins over decisions that are motivated by money and status.
6.Build what you Love on your own Time
This might sound counter-productive, what is the point of building something of your own when you are trying to get promoted at the company you work at? Well, provided that you are not infringing on any rules or in conflict of the industry that you already work in, there is a great value to building your own business or initiative. By building what you love on your own time, you will learn the importance of resilience, time management, and improve your communication skills, and your confidence. All of which are very necessary and vital for when being considered for a promotion.
7.Enlist the help of a Mentor
Take a look at the environment that you find yourself in. Is there at least one person that you want to learn from or aspire to be like? I thought so! Whether it is a formalised agreement or not, you will definitely benefit from absorbing the richness of the mental qualities, skills and abilities of a person that you aspire to be like.
8.Be willing to Skill up on your own Time
The ability to take stock of who you are and your need to progress is worth its weight in gold. If you would like to get ahead in your career and be promoted, a clear way to do so is to enhance your skills with studies. In all honesty, we all have time constraints but do we need to find ways to use the time that we do have. You have to be willing to free up your time to engage in Part-time study or Distance study.
9.Take Responsibility for your Life
Many people move through life willingly accepting everything that happens to them and just rolling with punches. There comes a time when you simply have to take a serious look at your life and take responsibility for changing the status quo. Get active, get moving and most importantly take decisions that will move you ahead.
10.Let your Voice be Heard
In any job or career path that you may be on, communication is of vital importance. Besides interacting with your colleagues, it helps to be plugged in and passionate about what you say, the ideas that you put across and your professional input. Yes, it is quite natural to feel insecure and self-conscious about what you say, but find the courage to say it anyway. You will be thankful that you did.
Earning a promotion is more of a personal development journey than anything else. If you find yourself wishing for one, it is clear that you have grown restless and that your existence demands that you move to the next level. On your way to achieving your goals, you will have to pay very careful attention to your own hopes and aspirations and embark on an action plan that will help you along this path. Here’s wishing you everything of the best with realising your hopes and dreams.