I’m ready for the next step. What are your tips for promotion?
AS the saying goes, ‘‘ dress for the job you want, not the one you have’’ and I think this can be applied to your approach for a promotion as well. A promotion generally comes when your employer or manager sees your capability to handle the next step so look for opportunities to take up new responsibilities while ensuring you still manage your own tasks. Make it known to your manager that you are keen to progress so that guidance and assistance can be provided to you. In talking to your manager, try to find out the potential for promotion within the organisation.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager, HR Solutions Randstad
THE people who are most successful in their careers are those who take initiative to create their own pathway for growth. Don’t wait to be promoted. Be bold and actively grasp any opportunities. Spend time reflecting on your achievements and skill set, research prospects in your organisation and if they align with your goals. Inform your manager and HR you are interested in advancing your career. You may benefit from training, study or volunteering to gain the skills required. If the promotion doesn’t present itself, then create it. Present a proposal on how you can contribute.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition
IF YOU think you’re ready for the next role, you typically have reached a level of unconscious competence, in other words you can do the role with your eyes shut. As you approach this stage, it’s important that you talk to your manager and seek their view in relation to your performance and competence. If your views align, it’s a case of seeking activities at the next level. If not, then seek additional activities at your current level. Once this is agreed, have an open and transparent conversation in relation to the likelihood of upcoming roles that are best aligned to your strengths.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and outplacement
PEOPLE often seek promotion when they feel confident and ready for new, additional or different tasks and responsibilities. Whatever one’s motivations, identify them before talking with parties internal or external to your current job as this will form critical aspects of your discussion about promotion and the value you can bring to other parts of the business. Update your resume and assess the receptiveness of your manager, mentor or HR team to help you to the next level. Be open to options. Changing organisation can lead to increased scope for growth by stepping out of your comfort zone.