Hello SOTGC community,
One of the hardest things for career-minded individuals to do is define and articulate what value they bring to their company, i.e., their unique value proposition. When you can clearly define, showcase, and then articulate this, the chances for promotion go way up.
Here are some easy steps on how to start this process, and next week we’ll talk about how to showcase this to your company in order to start down the road to that promotion.
- Of the roles and responsibilities that your job entails, what are you best at? Where have you had the most success and been openly acknowledged as a true asset due to these activities?
- Of the roles and responsibilities that your job entails, what are you most passionate about? What inspires you? What gets you so excited when talking about it that your eyes light up, and the energy level in your body and voice is raised?
- When you write these down on paper, is there a position in the company that exists where you would be focusing on these activities (that is, those things that you’re good at and what you’re passionate about)?
- If there is, reach out to the people in this position, get to know them, and see if they need help on projects that you could be pulled into so you can get experience working with them. As their job expands and they grow busier, there is a chance you could be pulled onto their team since you’ve shown such an interest and skill at completing these activities. (Before reaching out to these people, first make sure this is okay with your manager.)
- Lastly, be patient. These things don’t happen overnight, so expect at least six months to a couple years for a need to truly be created and budget to be approved to create this role.
Based on observation and conversation, I’ve found that, as a company grows, if you showcase consistent qualities of leadership and go above and beyond to help out on activities and initiatives that interest you and that you excel at, it’s only a matter of time before you’re given the opportunity to take on that role full time.