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20 Powerful Tips For Advancing
If you find yourself frustrated
with lack of career progression, perhaps the tips in this
article can help you advance in your career.
You don't want to stay in your current
position forever... you want to move up! Here are 20 ways
to boost your chances of getting that nice promotion:
- Do more than is expected
of you. Prove that you're capable of handing more
responsibility. Volunteer for special assignments.
- Take initiative
and do what needs to be done, before being asked.
- Learn the skills you'll
need to advance. Take advantage of on-the-job training,
but don't rely exclusively on that. Consider taking (and
paying for) skill-enhancing courses on your own.
- Be loyal to
your boss, your team, and your company. (Yes, you can be
loyal without being a "brown-noser.")
- Be patient
and don't expect to be promoted without demonstrating your
abilities over time.
- View the big picture
and understand your company's mission. Find ways to help
them accomplish it.
- Save money
for your company by identifying ways to boost revenues,
reduce expenses, or streamline processes.
- Offer solutions
to the problems you must take to your boss.
- Show respect to everyone
-- superiors, peers, subordinates, and especially customers.
- Don't be afraid to say
"I don't know." If you don't know something,
say so; don't try to fake it. Find the answers you need.
- Take responsibility
for your actions. If you're at fault, admit it
and take the blame. If you're wrong, apologize.
- Never gossip.
Gossip can hurt the careers of two people: the person being
talked about, and the person doing the talking.
- Never say "That's
not my job." Don't think you are above anything.
Pitch in and set a good example, especially if the job is
one that nobody else wants to do. Your willingness to do
so will be noticed and appreciated!
- Share the credit.
People who share credit with others make a much better impression
than those who take all the credit themselves.
- Ask for help when you
need it. Don't let a difficult task get out of
hand. When you need help, ask for it -- before things get
- Keep your dislike to
yourself. If you don't like someone, don't let
it show. Never burn bridges or offend others as you move
ahead in your career.
- Don't hold grudges.
Life isn't always fair. If you were passed over for promotion,
didn't get the project you wanted, etc., let it go. Be gracious
and diplomatic, focus on the future and move on. Harboring
grudges won't advance your career.
- Be humble. When
you're right, don't gloat about it. Never say "I told
- Make others feel important.
Compliment others, emphasize their strengths and contributions,
and help them whenever you can. They will enthusiastically
help you in return.
- Join associations and
professional organizations related to your career.
In addition to helping you learn more about your industry,
this can provide invaluable networking opportunities. (Which
might come in handy if your employer isn't promoting!)
by Bonnie Lowe, Best
Interview Strategies Bonnie is the creator of The Job
Interview Success System "Everything You Need To Know and
Do Before, During, And After Your Job Interview To Blow Away
The Competition And Get Hired!"
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