CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton
DCE Magazine, Summer 2019
This might be your time. In fact, positive things are probably
on the horizon for you as you consider a promotion. Not
only does a promotion come with a salary increase, it
also comes with stature, power, decision making, and rank
amongst the troops.
However, a promotion is most likely a big step in your career
plans—so you need to be aware and prepared.
You need to ask yourself a few questions. 1) Is this promotion
worth the additional stress and responsibility? 2) Will your
peers and upper management be supportive? 3) Are
you willing to compete with your peers that also might be
gunning for the job? 4) Are you the right and/or ideal
Here are a few things to consider.
- First, and foremost, make your decisions based on
your evaluation of your qualifications for the job.
You might be up against the qualifications of another
internal candidate or an external applicant. In these
situations, you need to set yourself up to meet, as well as,
exceed the expectations of the job versus the expertise
of an alternative candidate. Develop a cover letter that
outlines your capabilities for the promotion and update
your resume so that it clearly communicates your
accomplishments in your current job.
- Make sure that the promotion is really a promotion.
Unless you're trying to extricate yourself from a bad work
situation with your current team or boss, then you need
to make sure that the promotion is really what you want.
Lateral promotions might be appropriate under certain
circumstances. But what you should strive for is moving up
the ladder. Remember, you're trying to elevate your own
personal brand and your clout within the organization.
- Market yourself—to the hilt.
Everyone, I mean everyone, that you currently work with
needs to know your intentions and they need to believe
in you. Trust me, your most valuable resource is your
current network at work. Once the hiring manager
reviews your application, the first thing that they are
going to do is vet you using the input from your current
supervisor and team. You need to make sure that
you've already positioned yourself as an upwardly
mobile employee, a trusted member of your team,
and someone that is known to take on a challenge
and succeed. Most importantly, you need to develop
Michael Jordan, retired, pro basketball player said,
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would
happen, others make it happen.”
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