Most of us are looking to get promoted to a more desirable position. It’s not as hard as others make it. Here are some tips that you can use to better your chances:
List Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Make an honest list of what your strengths and weaknesses are. You will be able to use that list to find out in which areas of your job you excel, and which ones you could use additional help or training.
Set Destination Goals
Where do you want to go with your company? If you don’t have a destination for where you want to go, you will most likely stay where you are. Figure out where you want to go, and make a plan for getting there. Set small, measurable goals and strive to accomplish them.
80% of jobs are filled before the company ever lists the position on an employment website, or even puts a sign in the window! The reason why so many positions are filled is because of networking. HR managers and executives will first hire those with whom they have a friendship or acquaintance before they hire a complete stranger. Go to company outings, lunches, parties, trade shows, community meetings, and sign up with www.LinkedIn.com or www.FaceBook.com. These will help expand your network circle.
This is especially important in the technological fields. Know what the newest technologies are and how they may affect your company. You can find this information in courses offered by local universities and colleges, associations, e-learning training programs, trade journals and magazines, among other sources. If you allow yourself to become complacent with the knowledge and information you currently have, you will not be seen as an asset.
Learn a Foreign Language
The world is our marketplace. Globalization has taken businesses from regional to international through the internet. Companies have opened offices and branches in many countries to address the globalization trend. By learning another language, you stand to benefit through opening, managing, and teaching your skills to the branches and offices in burgeoning markets.
Managers and executives are continually learning new skills to lead their company forward. Although they may be old and slow in learning, they put forth the effort to learn the new skills and stretch their understanding. They do this to ensure their company’s growth and prosperity in the coming years.
Be a Leader
Executives didn’t get to their positions through hard work alone. They knew when to delegate, to whom to delegate, what to delegate, and especially, how to motivate others to work hard. Realize others’ strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, the different ways to motivate, and how to best motivate others. This knowledge is very important in leading them correctly, positively, and repeatedly.
Accept responsibility for both the positive and the negative. Do not be shy in accepting responsibility for a job well done. You deserve the praise. One the same note, you should accept responsibility for any mistakes. This can be a positive as long as you learn from your mistake. People understand that if you accept responsibility, you realize that you made a mistake and will most likely not repeat it in the future.
Acknowledge and Respect Help
You do not have all knowledge, and cannot do everything. Understand your weaknesses and acknowledge and respect the help you receive. Managers and executives understand this and appreciate that you will not toss aside those who helped you get to where you are.