What is the best way to promote yourself?

Updated on : December 8, 2021 by Naomi Fletcher



What is the best way to promote yourself?

At the beginning of my career, I had the impression that working hard and doing great work would get me promotions. Over time, I came across the harsh reality that hard work alone doesn't advance your career and that there are TWO more items you need to focus on.

The lightbulb moment for me is when I learned that moving up the corporate ladder came down to PIE, a concept introduced by Harvey Coleman in his book, "Empowering Yourself: The Organizational Game Revealed." Coleman was disheartened when he hit a glass ceiling in his career as others continued south

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At the beginning of my career, I had the impression that working hard and doing great work would get me promotions. Over time, I came across the harsh reality that hard work alone doesn't advance your career and that there are TWO more items you need to focus on.

The lightbulb moment for me is when I learned that moving up the corporate ladder came down to PIE, a concept introduced by Harvey Coleman in his book, "Empowering Yourself: The Organizational Game Revealed." Coleman became discouraged when he hit a glass ceiling in his career as others continued to beat him with promotions. As an African-American man in the corporate world, he suspected that racial prejudice was at stake. However, after extensive research, he realized that career success involves more than superior performance, and that a person also needs to reinforce their image and exposure.

PIE stands for 3 factors to determine professional success:

  • Performance:
    • Definition: How well you do your job
    • Attributes of professional success: 10%
  • Image
    • Definition: how the people who work with you perceive you
    • Attributes of professional success: 30%
  • Exposition
    • Definition: people know what they have done and how important it is to the organization.
    • Attributes of professional success: 60%

These numbers amazed me. The 10% performance feels too low, and the 60% exposure makes me feel drained just thinking about it. But then it started to make sense when I thought of my career in terms of a product.

A product might have top-notch technology and features, performance, but if the image is wrong, such as the packaging doesn't convey its value or doesn't stand out on the shelf, few people are likely to buy it. Also, if the exposure is minimal, like there is no marketing, and essentially no one knows that this amazing product exists, then it will fail. The best product, or career, can never reach its full potential without the right image and exposure.

By changing my mindset regarding promotions, I came up with three practical ways to improve image and exposure at work.

1. Change the way you talk about yourself

Private label is ridiculous these days; I'm not recommending that you start self-tagging at shame-worthy levels we've grown used to on LinkedIn:

Instead, you need to start characterizing yourself the way you want to be known. For example, let's say you want opportunities to speak at events, but no one has ever asked you. Write a post on LinkedIn that says,

  • "For your future events on digital education, I am available to speak on the following topics ..."

Then list some topics that might spark some interest. No one deemed you worthy of speaking, you did. And by declaring that you should speak up on those issues, that's the first step to make it happen.

Also, here is a more detailed example of an office manager renaming herself to ultimately be promoted to head of corporate events.

2. Tell people what you want.

I have a friend who was upset that she wasn't nominated for the emerging leaders program at her company, so I encouraged her to tell her boss that she wanted to join. When she did, her boss was delighted that she was interested in joining the program and immediately brought her into the program. It wasn't that her boss didn't think she was an emerging leader, he just didn't realize that this was something she wanted.

It's amazing how many opportunities in life are given to people who ask for them. While we would all prefer that our bosses and colleagues make sure we are given every opportunity we deserve, people are generally too unaware to realize that they should help you.

So help them help you, explain the words to them. Tell them you want the promotion, you are interested in a specific project, you want to lead the next meeting, you want to go on stage during the magic show, whatever it is, make sure you tell the others and they will most likely help you. go there.

3. Report your main projects.

You just finished a big project, and instead of getting ahead of the next one, set aside time to do a retrospective with your boss. In my opinion, it is not fun to go through a finished project to get all the data, but I promise you that once you do it, it is very rewarding to be able to articulate the journey you did and how you moved the needle.

In the report, emphasize the pain and problems presented at the beginning of the project; we often forget how bad things were. Then walk your boss through all the steps, results, and key learnings. Do not forget to touch the horn a little:

  • “We did it before the deadline and under budget. I ran the Peterson account, which ended up securing us our largest sponsor. Here are the comments from that sponsor ... They want to work with us on the next one. "

Every time I do this, it is a great time for consideration, reflection, and celebration. Bosses take pride when their team achieves great things, so be sure to give them that moment to understand how things went and congratulate them on it.

An example from my own career is that, on several occasions, I have heard my boss say that he is exasperated by the number of requests for money he receives to spend on different initiatives. I realized that he was doing things on a monthly basis that were saving us money as a company, and it occurred to me that he would like to hear real good news rather than requests.

So I showed him how much money we spent per hire to recruit our team last year and compared it to how much we spent this year, which revealed that the cost dropped dramatically and the quality of talent remained stable. He didn't ask for that information, and there is no one else on the team who would have pointed it out to me. So it was my job to give my performance the exposure it deserved.

Make sure you find organizations where you can grow as a professional, and then think about PIE as you look for the next promotion. Performance is not everything, because if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, will you really be considered for the position of regional supervisor? Image and exposure are essential for this to happen.

For faster, more battle-tested pro tips and tricks, check out the Self Made Millennial YouTube channel.

How can I position myself well for a promotion?

it's okay. That is why we want to be promoted this year. How can we maximize our chances? The key is to understand why you were hired. And in fact, we have all worked for the same reason. Regardless of your industry or title, you were hired for one reason: to solve a problem. If the company had no problem, you would not be there. Do you work in the marketing department of a company? I guarantee they hired you because they had a problem. Insufficient sales, poor customer awareness, increased competition from rivals - they had a problem. Washington

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How can I position myself well for a promotion?

it's okay. That is why we want to be promoted this year. How can we maximize our chances? The key is to understand why you were hired. And in fact, we have all worked for the same reason. Regardless of your industry or title, you were hired for one reason: to solve a problem. If the company had no problem, you would not be there. Do you work in the marketing department of a company? I guarantee they hired you because they had a problem. Insufficient sales, poor customer awareness, increased competition from rivals - they had a problem. Do you want to be promoted? Be the best problem solver they have. It's that easy. Sort out. Its. Problem. Now you can argue that if you solve the problem you were hired for, the company will want to keep you in that position forever. It may be true, but the best part is that the company has many other problems, too. If you want a promotion, be the person in your company who consistently solves problems, and your perceived value within the company will skyrocket. You'll be in demand and get promoted (this assumes you're in a smart company. If you're not, read on anyway, near the end of the article, we'll show you how to leverage your troubleshooting skills to your advantage, even if your company current does not recognize its value).

So how will we become the main problem solver in our company? Starting a simple habit in 2016, I call it keeping a work journal. The work journal is a 5-step cyclical process that will make you the smartest person in your company. It only takes a few minutes a day, doesn't require a special skill set, and over time, it will dramatically place you above your peers at work. Let's break it down step by step.

1) Model: Go out and buy a good notebook. In the first step, I want you to draw a model that represents what you do in your company. Focus especially on the idea of ​​the problem you solve for the business. For example, in my role as a writer on The Autodidact Life, I solve a problem. The website needs new and attractive content that attracts readers and keeps their interest. That is the problem I solve (or try at least). Now add additional parts to your model. Who do you report to? Who is on your team? Who informs you? Now consider, what are the problems in solving these other hired people? Are theirs the same or different? And if it is different, in what way? Now if you are like me, once you try to build this model, You will find that it is too simplistic and you may not even know the exact answer to many of your questions. Well! That means we are uncovering your current knowledge gaps. Let's try to clarify them by going to the next step.

2) Observe: open your eyes. He usually performs the movements at work. Habits are established, workflows are standardized, and you can literally sleepwalk for a day if you have to. Well, let's leave that. For a week, with your notebook close at hand at all times, take a look at everything. Observe your boss, your co-workers, your clients. Observe anyone and anything you come in contact with and try to model it. What are they doing? Why do they do it? What problems are they having? Observe and record everything you can. Imagine that you are trying to write a training manual for your company, or better yet, imagine that you are trying to explain everything that happens at work to a stranger.

3) Ask: Even if you record everything you observe, you will still have knowledge gaps. Why? Many things are happening below the surface. Concerns, hidden agendas, unspoken ideas. So our next step is to start asking people. Schedule lunch with your boss. Hang out with coworkers. Ask for feedback from your clients or other relevant stakeholders. You will find that most people will be more than happy to discuss their thoughts, especially their complaints. And complaints are great, because they are essentially announcements about problems that need to be resolved. Bingo!

4) Update model: After observing and asking many questions, we can update our models. Now we should have a much clearer picture of the problems that we, our colleagues, our boss, our customers, our entire company face.

5) Sharing knowledge: what do we do with all this newly discovered information? Well, we share it. At the next meeting, we raise the concerns that we have heard from our clients. We inform our boss that we will be happy to help with a project that we know is important to her. We mediate between two of our upset coworkers because we understand the underlying concern each of them has at the time. In short, we don't sit on all this knowledge; instead, we use it to do what we were hired to do: solve problems, when and where we find them.

The results of daily work

What happens at work if you practice your work journal? Well, people will start to see you as an informal leader. Even before you get a promotion, people will see you as a leader because it is you who is always stepping up with ideas. Most importantly, you will start to be seen as a solution creator. Naturally, you will be the first person people think of when new challenges or opportunities appear. When promotion season rolls around, it will be the natural choice for more power and responsibility.

Now, what if, despite your dedicated work journal, impressive informal leadership, and excellent problem solving, you are repeatedly turned down for a promotion? So you may just be in the wrong company and need to consider moving. And look at you! Leading, performing at the top of your game, managing new work experiences - you've spent 2016 significantly increasing your value. And his notebook is full of lessons learned, as well as great resume lines and interview stories about his accomplishments. These qualities will help you land a great job at another company or support you if you start your own business in the future.

conclusion

Can I promise you that you will be promoted this year? No, but it significantly increases your odds. Can I promise you that keeping a work journal will make your job more exciting and teach you a lot about your job, your company, and most importantly, yourself? Absolutely. There is much to learn and rewards await those who try hard. Good luck and may you always be learning!

I discuss this idea in much more detail on my blog, The Autodidact Life.

There is no elevator to success. You have to climb the stairs.

Success doesn't just come and find you, you have to go out and get it.

Finding the right time to request a promotion is more of an art than a science. If no one is promoted and times are tight, your application may go wrong. But if your coworkers get a promotion every two months, this is a good time to ask about the way forward. Also take into account your company's policies and social norms.

  • If you are a new company with an open culture, feel free to apply.
  • If it is a large company w
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There is no elevator to success. You have to climb the stairs.

Success doesn't just come and find you, you have to go out and get it.

Finding the right time to request a promotion is more of an art than a science. If no one is promoted and times are tight, your application may go wrong. But if your coworkers get a promotion every two months, this is a good time to ask about the way forward. Also take into account your company's policies and social norms.

  • If you are a new company with an open culture, feel free to apply.
  • If it's a large company with promotion discussions built into performance reviews, wait.
  • Pay attention to tone at work. If your boss has been nervous recently, take it easy. If you have something great and the relationship is there, feel free to broach it.

Take your boss aside and be direct with him. Let them know that you are interested in taking on more challenges or responsibilities at work. State your intention and listen to them as they discuss your response. If your boss says you're ready, great! If not, at least now you know what to do.

  • For example, you could sit down with your boss and simply say, “Look, I think I did a great job last year and I think I'm ready for the next challenge. Can we talk about a possible promotion? "
  • Keep some concrete examples to point out if asked about your performance. If asked how you think your work has been, point to your examples.
  • There is no "perfect time" to request a promotion. When in doubt, just ask. If the answer is "no", at least your boss will explain why he is not willing to do it at this time. This will give you a great idea of ​​what is holding you back. And who knows, you might get it on the spot!

You are more likely to get promoted if people enjoy working with you. Keep a smile on your face, encourage others when they have difficulties, and show resilience in the face of setbacks. Even if you are having a bad day, try not to complain. Your boss is more likely to promote you if he enjoys having you around and believes you will boost morale when times are tough.

  • If you tend to complain in the face of adversity, try to stop. Look for solutions, not problems.
  • Work on making friends with as many people as you can at the office. If someone is promoted before you, they will at least advocate for it on your behalf the next time a vacancy arises.

Be on time every day and dress up. Follow your company policies and don't overlook anyone. If you look like you're not ready for a leadership position or act like you're not ready for a leadership position, you won't appear on anyone's short list when they discuss candidates for the next big job.

  • Stay away from social media while at your work computer, and don't take long lunch breaks. If it looks like you're lazing around, you won't get the promotion you're looking for.
  • Looking professional doesn't mean you have to look boring. It's totally okay to stand out and raise some eyebrows in a fancy suit or dressy dress.

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Let your work speak for you by doing the best you can. Skip the little chat on the water cooler and attend the meetings with everything you need to contribute. Volunteer for optional projects and strive to achieve all the goals they give you. If you can show that you are a valuable asset to the business, you are much more likely to get the promotion you want.

  • Keep all evidence that you have been successful. It will come in handy the next time you talk to your boss about a promotion. Sales numbers, chat logs, timesheets, and performance reviews are proof that you're ready for the next big thing.

Check in with your boss regularly to see how you are doing. If they tell you that you are on the right track, great. Keep doing what you are doing. If they give you feedback, don't take it personally or get defensive. Do your best to implement the feedback your boss gives you, even if it doesn't make sense or feels a bit undeserved.

  • Take notes on the comments you receive and the changes you make. If you can show that you have honed the skills that you have been asked to improve, you have a great case for your promotion.
  • Also look for comments from your co-workers. Even if it doesn't mean as much as the feedback you get from your boss, it will show everyone that you are willing to improve and grow.
  • Just check in with your boss and ask, "Hey, how have I been doing recently?" or, "Do you think I could have done better on the last project?"

Even if you love your job, there may come a time when you feel ready to take on a position with greater responsibilities. Your chances of getting a promotion are pretty high if you've proven your worth as an employee and are on good terms with your boss.

In my experience, this is the best strategy:

  1. Be warned
    1. Do you talk to others about when you received good service from a waiter or salesperson? Or do you talk about them when they did everything they could for you?
    2. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO meet expectations and do your job. Exceeding expectations and wowing others is how you get noticed.
  2. Don't be a clock watcher
    1. If you work from exactly 9 to exactly 5 every day, you are a Watchman.
    2. Instead, focus on getting work done and taking on more responsibilities to fill your free time. Yes, you may end up having to work longer hours, but if you do,
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In my experience, this is the best strategy:

  1. Be warned
    1. Do you talk to others about when you received good service from a waiter or salesperson? Or do you talk about them when they did everything they could for you?
    2. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO meet expectations and do your job. Exceeding expectations and wowing others is how you get noticed.
  2. Don't be a clock watcher
    1. If you work from exactly 9 to exactly 5 every day, you are a Watchman.
    2. Instead, focus on getting work done and taking on more responsibilities to fill your free time. Yes, you may end up having to work longer hours, but if you do, you will stand out.
    3. If you fulfill all of your responsibilities and your boss has no more to give you, they may send you home early. If you've been staying up late for other projects, you can easily create a flexible work schedule for yourself.
  3. Voluntarily assume the responsibilities of the next position you want
    1. In my opinion, promotions should NEVER be awarded solely based on seniority
    2. Employees must WIN promotions and show they are capable of taking on more BEFORE a promotion.
  4. Keep a positive attitude
    1. Do you enjoy working on projects with the complainer in the office?
    2. You will never have more responsibility if you complain about what you already do
    3. Positive attitude leads to positive results

Most employees rise to their "incompetence level."

Think about it, if you follow all the tips above and excel, you will get promoted.

Over time, you will be in a position where you will not be able to excel (for various reasons).

If you can't figure out how to learn that, all of a sudden top managers will think "I guess this is the furthest your career will go" and won't give you the responsibilities to challenge you to grow your position.

Or maybe you get to a point where you are "comfortable" with income and responsibilities and don't want to be promoted.

But in my experience, many Great Employees are promoted to managerial positions because they were excellent in their skilled technical role (or in sales or other role).

But management is a completely different skill set than technical skills or sales skills.

If they don't properly learn those skills, then they won't be promoted further, or worse yet, they'll let go because they're ultimately not performing.

If an Employer sees that the Employee is actually more suitable for a Sales or Technical position and you try to move him back, he may see it as a demotion and resign and now he has lost an asset.

It is best if the employer and employee can work together to develop new skill sets to be successful in new roles.

Hope this helps you WIN your next promotion!

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Rather than answering "What's the best way to make your resume stand out?" I'm answering the question, "How to get on the radar and get noticed by potential decision makers in your organization."

This is off course for both promotion and new job interviews FOR PEOPLE ALREADY WORKING.

120 tips on how to get noticed at work. How to stand out from the crowd.

Why is it important to get noticed? If you want to become an outstanding success, you will have to stand out from the crowd, be it in your profession, your business, your competitors, your relationship, and even choosing a

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Rather than answering "What's the best way to make your resume stand out?" I'm answering the question, "How to get on the radar and get noticed by potential decision makers in your organization."

This is off course for both promotion and new job interviews FOR PEOPLE ALREADY WORKING.

120 tips on how to get noticed at work. How to stand out from the crowd.

Why getting noticed is important: If you want to become an outstanding success, you will have to stand out from the crowd, be it in your profession, your business, your competitors, your relationship, and even choosing a wonderful life. couple.

If you are in the corporate world, chances are that many of you have been excluded by that promotion that could have propelled you to the top management positions OR much larger positions of power or to that prized position.

Despite the fact that his current performance was par excellence and he possesses almost all the necessary skills and abilities for the future position.

Here I am not referring to the skewed image of ourselves that almost everyone can have to some degree, of being the best and the most suitable.

A lot of times it happens despite your bosses having recommended it - because we weren't in sight of top leadership the power that is as they weren't aware of your talents, accomplishments, and potential AND suitability for the next LEVEL. - Your colleagues overlooked it, they had better visibility.

I won't even suggest that you go out of your way using few short-term payoff tactics, HOWEVER, irretrievably damaging in the long run - to be noticed by the powerful movers and shakers within the organization.

In reality, we would focus on what you can do to ensure that you stay on the radar of decision makers for all the positive reasons and that THEY DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH CHOICE OTHER THAN TO GIVE YOU THE REWRITING YOU DESERVE.

It's about focusing on fine-tuning your performance and improving your contribution to all key stakeholders, naturally and subtly.

In many organizations, I have heard people complain that only people who flatter their bosses are promoted in their organization; might be true for some insecure bosses * since it's an individual thing.

Read about how to handle an insecure boss, if that is the reason you are not moving forward in the organization on my separate blog.

But believing and adopting this flattery mentality is the biggest damage you can do to your entire life, especially your career and profession.

Long-term and for exponential growth, you must always work on acquiring talent, skills, exposure, and experience every day.

The following 120 tips can help you achieve that position, that interview, that job, that project, or that life partner.

1. Write down all your areas of strength - Things you are good at or known for - For example, ability to negotiate or solve problems

2. Stepping out of your comfort zone of concentrating solely on your current roles and responsibilities and actively pursuing challenging but crucial responsibilities

3. Work on your abilities, skills, knowledge and attitudes through all possible means, such as acquiring qualifications, reading, watching videos, attending courses / certifications, etc.

Enrollment mentor, who is acclaimed for his accomplishments, in his industry and business field

Participate more in the activities of the organization

Don't actively try to seek credit for your accomplishments - let your usual gifts speak for your abilities.

7. Become synonymous with excellence

8. Be known for being trustworthy

9. Whenever possible and appropriate, give credit to your team and bosses in public.

10. help others grow by training them

11. Join professional forums, where you will find the top leaders of your organizations, as well as prominent business leaders. Actively participate in presenting your cases and learnings at meetings, conferences and seminars

12. Blog your professional knowledge to help solve industry problems

13. Get involved in social work, volunteer

14. Be modest and humble

15. Never get involved in office politics and gossip.

16. Never speak ill of anyone

17. Choose and look for hobbies that take you to different cultures and make you challenge and stretch Breaking your own comfort zone

18. Compete with yourself, never with anyone else

19. Be yourself

20 learn to be assertive

21. Set clear boundaries

22. Identify and live your values

23. Always honor your commitments; in fact, promise less and always strive to deliver more

24. Take ownership and responsibility for your actions and decisions

25. Stop making excuses and blaming anything or anyone

26. Learn to always be a professional

27. Read and learn to observe / notice emerging trends; then go and upgrade your skills to be ready

28. Learn and prepare for C-Suit roles by learning about other crucial functions such as marketing, sales, finance and reading numbers - for complete information on how to be visible at work in the mantra of unlimited success

I have a saying: "If you expect things from people, you will surely be disappointed." So waiting and hoping to get promoted can only lead to disappointment in the end. Sure, if you are a junior employee, promotion may come faster, but as you get more senior, it won't be that easy.

So this is what you can do if you want to get promoted. First of all, there are two types of promotions and each must have a different strategy. These are promotions based on salaries and promotions based on responsibility.

Salary promotion

This type of promotion will take you to a higher salary range,

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I have a saying: "If you expect things from people, you will surely be disappointed." So waiting and hoping to get promoted can only lead to disappointment in the end. Sure, if you are a junior employee, promotion may come faster, but as you get more senior, it won't be that easy.

So this is what you can do if you want to get promoted. First of all, there are two types of promotions and each must have a different strategy. These are promotions based on salaries and promotions based on responsibility.

Salary promotion

This type of promotion will push you into a higher salary range, but your job is more or less the same, but the scope of work may change. For example, going from a junior title to a more senior one. You may have more work to do, but you are doing the same with regard to your skills.

The best and fastest way to promote yourself in this type of promotion is to quit and join another company. This is because companies have no incentive to push you to a higher salary range and will find any excuse not to. I've seen people stuck in junior-type positions for years. Bottom line: they will never promote you whenever you want.

Promotion based on responsibility

This type of promotion is based on something different in terms of the skills you are currently doing. For example, moving from an engineer to a managerial position. Unlike pay promotions, quitting smoking may not get you to your destination quickly.

The best way to achieve this type of promotion is by showing that you are capable of assuming that role. For example, you stand in for your manager when he's on vacation. The more this happens, the more confidence in senior managers that you can, in fact, fill that role. At some point, there may be a vacancy that needs to be filled, so if you have shown that you have what it takes and verbalized them, you will most likely be promoted to this position rather than looking to fill the position from outside . . The downside to this strategy is that your promotion may not happen quickly; it will take time and nothing is guaranteed.

Consequently, when it's been a long time and you're not getting the promotion you think you deserve, it's best to quit smoking and try this strategy at a different company.

My father served 28 years in the Marine Corps and one of the best pieces of advice he gave me when I enlisted in the Air Force at 19 was not to turn down any education or training they wanted me to attend or take. I found it to be extremely good and definitely helpful advice in my 34-year career (17 from the active Air Force and 17 from the active USAFR). Some of the studies and training that I attended during my career put me in a situation where they wanted me to re-enlist and they expected me to do so because of all the knowledge and skill in things that I had accumulated. Some of that training and sch

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My father served 28 years in the Marine Corps and one of the best pieces of advice he gave me when I enlisted in the Air Force at 19 was not to turn down any education or training they wanted me to attend or take. I found it to be extremely good and definitely helpful advice in my 34-year career (17 from the active Air Force and 17 from the active USAFR). Some of the studies and training that I attended during my career put me in a situation where they wanted me to re-enlist and they expected me to do so because of all the knowledge and skill in things that I had accumulated. Some of those trainings and schools I attended also included a couple of different special profile identifiers in my personnel record which then put me on a short list of special task assignments or working on a mission critical and essential job title. also at the command level. Working in a position like that was easier to "shine" and get promoted to a higher rank as well. The above, along with not getting into trouble and not getting into conflict with things, as people still do sometimes. DUIs or DWIs, for example, can kill your chances of enlisting and / or moving up to rank. Failing the fit test or only passing it marginally is another one that many fall victim to. Not pursuing a higher education during their spare time is another area that some military sometimes fail to meet, and not volunteering for some projects at the company or squad level when they are looking for a POC or POR is another. This, along with doing and performing your job at a higher level or exceeding your expectations, is really necessary if you want to be competitive and get promoted.

I related that advice to any of those assigned and working below me along with the advice to get involved with at least if not the POC or POR for at least one unit-wide project or involved with a base project or post every year. Most took that advice from me along with the rest of the previous ones and they were always promoted and even sometimes thanked me for the advice I had given them afterwards.

During my time at Morgan Stanley, my manager advised me, "Be a vice president in your responsibilities and actions, and then you will become one."

Responsibilities come first. Then the promotion. Not the other way.

Ok so how do you take responsibility?

I remember being in a meeting where a senior had explained to me which slides he wanted in a PowerPoint presentation. Before I even asked the juniors who would do the slides, one enthusiastically said; "I'll take care of it."

And he did.

I didn't think much of this incident at the time. But that younger boy would later become one of the fa

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During my time at Morgan Stanley, my manager advised me, "Be a vice president in your responsibilities and actions, and then you will become one."

Responsibilities come first. Then the promotion. Not the other way.

Ok so how do you take responsibility?

I remember being in a meeting where a senior had explained to me which slides he wanted in a PowerPoint presentation. Before I even asked the juniors who would do the slides, one enthusiastically said; "I'll take care of it."

And he did.

I didn't think much of this incident at the time. But that junior boy would later become one of the fastest rising guys I had worked with during all my years at Morgan Stanley. I'm pretty sure it was that willingness to take responsibility that fueled his fast-track career.

If you want that promotion to go beyond taking on more responsibilities, fight for them.

At the end of the first year at my job, I received three promotions and I am only 26 years old. When I started, I mapped all the company's operations from head to toe and was immediately able to identify the holes in the workflow. and impediments to business operations.

From there, I worked on finding solutions and ways to improve the operations and development of the company. Once I discovered a solid plan, I wrote a proposal and passed it on to the COO. Anyway, she loved it, and I definitely caught her eye at the time. I kept doing an amazing job and showed him that I wanted to help the competition.

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At the end of the first year at my job, I received three promotions and I am only 26 years old. When I started, I mapped all the company's operations from head to toe and was immediately able to identify the holes in the workflow. and impediments to business operations.

From there, I worked on finding solutions and ways to improve the firm’s operations and development. Once I discovered a solid plan, I wrote up a proposal and passed it to the COO. Anyway, she loved it, and I definitely caught her eye at that point. I continued to do an awesome job and showed her that I wanted to help the company develop and grow which led to my promotions.

Try to think outside of the box. Make sure your bosses notice you. You’ll get a promotion once you show that you add value to the company and something no one else can offer.

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📣 Ask for feedback. Actively soliciting feedback from your peers and superiors shows that you are trying to improve. That kind of visibility will help you uncover your blind spots and hone your strengths. My company uses a free feedback website called Matter. My coworkers and I send each other feedback instantly after working on a project. I would definitely suggest looking into it.

💡Show interest in the position you want. Whatever position you want to advance to, talk to that person. Ask them questions, observe them, or even ask them to help you with any questions.

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📣 Ask for feedback. Actively soliciting feedback from your peers and superiors shows that you are trying to improve. That kind of visibility will help you uncover your blind spots and hone your strengths. My company uses a free feedback website called Matter. My coworkers and I send each other feedback instantly after working on a project. I would definitely suggest looking into it.

💡Show interest in the position you want. Whatever position you want to get promoted to, talk to that person. Ask them questions, shadow them, or even ask to help them with any projects they have. This gives you actual insight into the day-to-day tasks of that position. And, it will make visible to your manager that you’re interested in that position in future.

👏 Have a conversation. In the first two steps you’re walking the walk, but sometimes you have to talk the talk. Explicitly tell your manager that you’re interested in a promotion. This conversation will set the foundation of getting promoted, but it verbally cues your manager that your interesting are growing. Be thoughtful when approaching them. Show how you can make this position your own.

It depends on where you work, what your current job is, and what promotional opportunities there are.

In some businesses, marrying a member of the owner's family is the best route.

Sometimes longevity is the best way. Wait your turn.

Sometimes hard work will get you promoted.

Sometimes getting an education, a degree, a license, a certification, or something like that is the best way.

Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time for a chance to be a hero is the best way.

Sometimes being the only guy who fits the costume will do it for you.

Sometimes it is a combination

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It depends on where you work, what your current job is, and what promotion opportunities exist.

In some businesses, marrying a member of the owner's family is the best route.

Sometimes longevity is the best way. Wait your turn.

Sometimes hard work will get you promoted.

Sometimes getting an education, a degree, a license, a certification, or something like that is the best way.

Sometimes just being in the right place at the right time for a chance to be a hero is the best way.

Sometimes being the only guy who fits the costume will do it for you.

Sometimes it is a combination of one or more, or even all of those things.

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