Hello SOTGC community,
One of the most common things I hear young professionals say is: “I don’t get it! I’m good at what I do, I work hard, I should have been promoted already!” When I ask: “Do you have a mentor? Have you approached someone high up in your company and asked for a few minutes to discuss your future and see what areas they feel you could help with? Have you lobbied your cause to others who are part of the promotion process?” Surprisingly the answer is usually: “No. But I show up every day and I work harder than most of my co-workers.”
Here is the hard truth: We are no longer in a professional era where simple hard work will get us ahead. As much as we want it to be “fair” and that someone should just “see how hard you work” and give you the promotion you deserve, unfortunately, promotions aren’t given to people who keep their head down and “just do their job.” So how can you get noticed and move forward towards the promotion that you DO deserve?
Three Steps To Get You On Track For Your Next Promotion:
- Take a competency quiz to see what your assets are. Click here for our free career assessment quiz
- Look at the leaders in your department and pick someone you respect and like. Then approach them and ask if they’ll mentor you. Click here for the best way to work with your mentor
- Look at some of the most senior level people in your company, and pick a sponsor. This is a person who is part of those closed-door meetings where they decide on who gets promoted. Your sponsor needs to know what your achievements are, know what your goals are for the future, and can lobby your cause during those meetings. Click here for the definition of: Advisor, Sponsor, and Mentor
The last key element to get that promotion that you’ve worked hard for and deserve, is to constantly be working with your mentor to up your competency factors, and to show that you take constructive feedback well, and that you’re coachable. Professional development is never done when you want to move up in your career and if you want to retain that position you worked so hard to get.