I’m ready for the next step. What are your tips for pro­mo­tion?

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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.

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