Hello SOTGC community,
In the last two posts we talked about:
- Getting That Promotion: The Work That Leads Up to Requesting It
- Getting That Promotion: Being Coachable
Today we discuss the process of getting promoted and one of the most important things to remember: this takes time. From the time I had that “sit down” with my sponsor and the “hard to have” talks with my mentors on what I needed to improve, to the time I got the promotion I wanted, it took almost a year.
During that time I continuously worked on the areas my mentors told me I HAD to fix in order to move forward. I routinely checked in with them to see if they had seen any progress, and, if not, I asked them to involve me in a project or initiative where I could show that I was improving. I networked like it was my full-time job (because if you want a promotion, it IS a second full-time job) and applied for any opportunity that fit into the big picture of where I wanted to go in my company.
Time after time I would get through a good portion of the interview process only to be told, very kindly, that I didn’t have the required skills (or sometimes that I was OVER qualified) for the position they were hiring, but to keep showing interest in growing and moving forward and that something would happen.
Each time I received that call letting me know they weren’t moving forward I thanked them for their time and asked, “What initiatives could I involve myself in to GET that experience?” and, “Is there any other opportunity that you know of coming up that would suit my skill set and my interests?” You’d be amazed at how many people want to help you and WILL let you know when those opportunities come up as long as you stay positive, you remain thankful for their time and consideration, and you stay strong in your resolve to GET where you want to go in your career.