Do Your Job Like a Boss

This is how to snag that pro­mo­tion.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS -

Ask the Tough Ques­tions

As much as we com­plain about our man­agers, ad­mit that it’s kind of awe­some hav­ing a buf­fer be­tween you and the head hon­cho. The down­side? It’s easy to fall into a trap of de­pend­ing on your boss to fix lit­tle stuff be­fore she sends it up the flag­pole. Al­ways chan­nel your su­per­vi­sor: are there is­sues that aren’t re­solved? Ques­tions that haven’t been an­swered? Ad­dress all of it. You get no points for say­ing, “Oh yeah, that oc­curred to me too”.

Man­age Your Pri­or­i­ties

Busi­ness own­ers and lead­ers have dozens of peo­ple, events, and tasks pulling them in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions ev­ery day. They have to know what’s a hot-po­tato, must-get-done thing and what can be put on the back burner. Same for you. Keep a list and con­stantly pri­ori­tise your tasks, shift­ing things up and down the lad­der. Ev­ery time a new project comes your way, think: what mat­ters most? What can wait, and for how long?

Take the Ini­tia­tive

It’s amaz­ing what you can solve for your­self if you think about it be­fore ask­ing for guid­ance. When you hit a prob­lem—or if you see an op­por­tu­nity that would help your em­ployer—brain­storm cour­ses of ac­tion and present them to your boss. She’s not around to run them by? Get things in mo­tion. You’d want an as­sis­tant who books you on a new flight when yours gets can­celed be­fore you have to ask.

Keep Your Cool

So many women start­ing out in a ca­reer are dev­as­tated when they don’t get gold stars for their ideas. You’re go­ing to have some duds. You have to be able to move on and churn out another fab­u­lous idea. Keep your com­po­sure, fight any urge to be de­fen­sive, and bounce back. Bosses get shot down too, but the good ones don’t let any­one see them sweat.

Give Your­self a Re­view

Eval­u­a­tions with your man­ager help de­ter­mine raises and pro­mo­tions. So it’s im­por­tant to think about your last re­view and re­flect on the stuff that your boss will use to mea­sure how well you’re do­ing this year. If you know there’s an im­por­tant part of your job you’ve shirked on, do­ing a self-as­sess­ment ev­ery few months can re­mind you of that fact. We don’t want you to get down on your­self—you should also cel­e­brate your suc­cesses and strengths. Write them down: not only will this boost your con­fi­dence, but a writ­ten record of your wins can also help you ne­go­ti­ate a raise (it’s easy to for­get all the great stuff you’ve done over the course of a year).

Dress the Part

There’s an old adage that if you want to be the boss, dress like the boss. We don’t mean you need to look like your su­per­vi­sor’s mini-me. But if you’re ever wor­ried your look might raise eye­brows, wear some­thing else. What­ever your per­sonal style or work­place, a young woman with a crisp out­fit, tidy nails, and neat hair al­ways looks con­fi­dent and pulled to­gether. In other words, she looks like a CEO-to-be.

Pri­ori­tis­ing ev­ery task makes you a star. The blowout helps too!

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