By May “Mosaic” Advincula, Editor-in-chief
Just as you would outline goals for your career path, you should also have a promotional path built into your plan. Being promoted in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean moving up. Rather, think of it as a way to position yourself for continued success in your career. According to Quintcareers.com, “It used to be that workers progressed along specific career paths during their careers, but the impact of technology, globalization, and flatter organizational structures, has changed that paradigm.”
It’s ideal to think that working hard and doing your job are enough to get recognition for a promotion, but you have to take more of an active role if you want to be noticed.
Find a mentor. Take the time to reach out to others in your organization. Whether it is someone in a higher position or someone who has more experience, take the time to ask questions and learn about their career track.
It will not only help you continue to develop your goals, but you can also share your own insights and perspectives.
There’s no “I” in “team.” Much of what gets accomplish in the workplace is a team effort, and it’s important to remember that your team’s successes should be shared, and when there are faults, you shouldn’t place blame on others. If you’re aspiring to move up into a higher level position, you have to be able to prove that you can get along well with others.
Be professional. First impressions are always important, and if you want to be taken seriously, you have to make sure to look and act professionally. Even if it is a business casual day, make sure to maintain a neat appearance. Have a positive attitude and most importantly, don’t complain.
Network, network, network! Though you may think that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is a played out cliché, don’t put it entirely on the back burner. If the idea of networking is too intimidating, start out by simply socializing with your team. Remember, there’s also certain etiquette when you’re building your network and to be considerate of other people’s schedules because their first priority isn’t to get you a job.
Volunteer for projects. The more responsibilities you take on, the more your employer will recognize your skills and talents. If you can demonstrate your strengths, they will more likely consider you when an opportunity does arise.