Hello SOTGC community,
Anytime you go for a promotion, understand that to be considered for that job, you must already being doing some version of it that extends outside your current job description. This is when self-absorption and the “I’ll do that job when I get compensated for it” must be chucked out the window.
Here is why: You’re applying for a promotion. You know you have the skill sets required to be successful. Yet in the interview you’ll hear some version of: “Most of the candidates we’re interviewing already have experience, and success in this role. You do not.” How do you overcome this obstacle and GET experience if no one is willing to open an opportunity for you? Well, open it yourself.
The best way to become a serious candidate is to start doing, to the extent you can, the job you’re going for. For instance, if you have a background in sales, yet want to explore going into marketing or sales training, pick a project you can be part of or help lead that will get you the required skills to prove you can make that transition successfully. This may or may not be within your company, but find a way to gain that experience while still holding your current role.
Here is a personal example that also helps share why I created SOTGC and how it helped my corporate career:
As I became bored in my sales role, I wanted to explore areas of business development and strategic planning. I knew that even though I do those things every day in my sales job, from the outside it looked like I had no formal corporate background in these areas. I knew I wouldn’t be seriously considered for that promotion…unless I found a way to do it before applying.
I’m a huge fan of efficiency and it just so happens that something I have a huge passion for (empowering, supporting, and promoting women) would also help get me some form of the experience I needed. So outside my current job, I created Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. This endeavor required not only business development and strategic planning, but also market research, entering into a completely unknown space (entrepreneurism and online marketing), building a team around me, sharing my vision with them, and moving forward quickly to gain success. I invested a lot of my free time and money in that venture because it was a passion of mine, and subsequently I gained the experience I needed to have a shot at candidacy for the position I want. You don’t have to go to this extreme, it’s simply an example of one way to get the experience you need for when that promotion comes up and you apply for it.
So how about you? Wondering what your skill sets are best suited for? You can take our free career assessment quiz to figure out your assets and liabilities at your current company to start you on the right track.